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Old 07-18-2004, 05:26 PM   #1
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OK, tank is halfway through cycling so I'm looking at stocking list, as below a 30gal tank with 20kgs LR & clean bottom.

Is this a good list for this tank? I wish to add a few soft corals in atleast 6 months time...

Also if you agree with the below, is the order right for adding to the tank...

6-12 various snails
2 Cleaner shrimps
1 peppermint shrimp
1 blood shrimp
1 candy shrimp
1 red starfish
1 blue starfish
some crabs (dunno which though?)
feather dusters
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1 or 2 clown fish
1 royal gramma
1 Banggai cardinal
1 or 2 firefish (standard & purple)
1 or 2 Neon goby

How does that sound? I'm thinking of 5 fish from the above list. Of course adding 1 fish per fortnight or even per month apart from if I have 2 clowns which would be added together.

Am I right in thinking the top half Invertebrates can be added almost at once since they don't hurt the balance of the tank?

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Old 07-19-2004, 02:43 AM   #2
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I would say you could keep 4 at most comfortable in a 30; i.e. pair of clowns & 2 others - others may have other opinions of course but I think 3-4 is more like it, I am thinking 4 in my 45 FWIW...
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Old 07-19-2004, 09:47 AM   #3
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I agree...three or four fish max. Pair of percs, royal gramma and a goby would be nice. I am not sure if I would add anymore then that. For a new tank, add them slowly. Good luck...Lando
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:38 PM   #4
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Thanks, any of those above fish in my list that you would make sure to add first or last?

Also does my Invertebrates list seem ok?

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Custom Built lid; 2 x T5 megatwin (4x39W Aquablue+); 4 moonlights.

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Percula Clown; Banggai Cardinal; Firefish; Mandarin
2 Cleaner Shrimps; 3 Peppermint Shrimps; 1 Blood Shrimp
1 Large Feather Duster; 1 Hard Tube Coco Worm; Yellow Cucumber.
6 Red Legged Hermits; 1 Green Emerald Crab; 16 Dwarf Blue Leg Hermits; 3 Zebra Hermits; 3 Popsock Hermits
22 Turbo/Astrae Snails; 20 IO Snails
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:37 PM   #5
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the invert list looks good, snails and crab can be added after cycling the tank (hardy) give a little time and make sure things are stable before slowly adding the others...also I'm not sure about 4 shrimp co-existing in a 30...maybe some of the more experienced guys will chime in on that one...I think it may be too many
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I've heard the Blue Starfish are very difficult to keep in captivity and die due to starvation.Do some research before buying anything and you will be happier in the long run.
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SABOB, I'm looking into getting a blue starfish, you have any references for me to read?

(sorry, not trying to jack the thread)
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I think they need an established aquarium to thrive. That's probably why the track record might not be so great since most people don't wait long enough.
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For the urchin get a blue tux i just love mine
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I'd go with at least 1 snail per gallon and 1 hermit per 2 gallons as a cleanup crew. If you use Il. obseletta (not even trying for the right spelling here) snails, they'll stay hidden during the day so the large #'s of them won't mess up the view. Then maybe 3 fish, 4 max. If you get gobies that will stay real small you could get more in the same space. And maybe switch out the peppermint for a skunk cleaner. The peppermint will hide most of the time, the skunks are very active and visible.

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