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Old 03-01-2012, 01:26 AM   #21
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I think you can add another clown and 1 anthias
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:48 AM   #22
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I think you can add another clown and 1 anthias
Do clowns do better if you have 2?

Is my clean up crew going to be good enough? I want my tank to be able to maintain itself.

What type of anthias are you referring to? I looked up a few different kinds an the minimum tank sizes were 70gal and up.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:57 AM   #23
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I think you can have a dispar anthias in a 55g. They only grow to about 4". And your clean up crew is pretty small. Id aim for 25-30 snails and 25-30 crabs. Clowns don't really do better in pairs but it's cooler to see them swim and hang around together.
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I think you can have a dispar anthias in a 55g. They only grow to about 4". And your clean up crew is pretty small. Id aim for 25-30 snails and 25-30 crabs. Clowns don't really do better in pairs but it's cooler to see them swim and hang around together.
I was really under estimating the amount cleaners. Can I add that many snails and crabs and keep the same fish? And I don't need that many to start off, do I? I'd hate for them to die.

I like the bumble bee snail. What are some other snails and crabs that would work in this tank?

Any opinions on Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus carpenteri)? It sure is pretty!
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That dispar anthias is really pretty! It can be kept in a 25 gallon according to live aquaria.
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I personally hate damsels. They're demon spawn for sure. Such nasty and mean critters. I'd probably only have them in a predator tank.
i agree and their weird can be fine forever then all the sudden start being mean to other fish
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Idk if you need 30 snails and 30 hermits. Maybe. 10 of each. Especially if you are going to ro water for pwc. Because you won't have as much algea growth. I have 5 of each in my 29gal and that is about as many as I should have. Or I will have to suppliment their food
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I would also be wary of the Chromis school. Though less aggressive than damsels, they can be misleading as well. Some people never have any problems with them. While others have had the school completely turn on each other leaving only 1 chromis left.

I am currently about to cycle my new 55 gal tank. I love the idea of having some schooling fish, which is what most people go to chromis for to see. I am looking at Fowleria Cardinalfish, yet I have not made my final decision. They are peaceful and have a 30 gal min requirement.
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I guess I'll just have to suck it up and get a 55.
IMO the 55 gallon tank is the perfect starter tank for a reef. Plenty of water volume that you should be OK if problems or mistakes should happen. Tanks with lower water volumes are less forgiving when problems arise.
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Idk if you need 30 snails and 30 hermits. Maybe. 10 of each. Especially if you are going to ro water for pwc. Because you won't have as much algea growth. I have 5 of each in my 29gal and that is about as many as I should have. Or I will have to suppliment their food
I think I'm going to have to go RO water. My tap water is really high in nitrates. I think if I used tap water I'd have an algae tank, not a fish tank!
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