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Old 07-16-2013, 07:16 PM   #21
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Cardinals need a min of 30 g because there schoolers and get larger the clownfish
Yeah ive never had a tank smaller than a 55 and have a 180 gallon I'm not to up to date on the nano fish.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:21 PM   #22
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Yeah ive never had a tank smaller than a 55 and have a 180 gallon I'm not to up to date on the nano fish.
No prob, I prefer nanos to tangs. They have some crazy colors, especially when it comes to gobys
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I keep some nano fish in my tank I just never had to worry so much about tank size.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:24 PM   #24
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I keep some nano fish in my tank I just never had to worry so much about tank size.
Ahh, I have a small SW so that's why. Mines a 25 g so I can't get the larger tangs or angels.
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What I would recommend is a few pounds of live rock roughly 5 pounds and about 15 or so pounds of dry rock. The live rock will eventually seed the dry rock, just give it time. You can save money this way. And BRS has good prices on their dry rock. I am not sure about the fish. I am currently letting my 20 gallon cycle.
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You could also go with very tiny fish and have a couple. Maybe a watchman with a pistol shrimp and a couple clown gobies, they are very cute and are mostly "perchers".

I have 2 clown gobies and a citron goby, another interesting goby thats not always in everyones tank.

I would say go to Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums and look under the nano fish section, they have a ton of good ideas and will list the tank requirements as well as any special needs of the fish. I spent and still spend hours looking at fish on that site. LOL
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What I would recommend is a few pounds of live rock roughly 5 pounds and about 15 or so pounds of dry rock. The live rock will eventually seed the dry rock, just give it time. You can save money this way. And BRS has good prices on their dry rock. I am not sure about the fish. I am currently letting my 20 gallon cycle.
But if i understand correctly, if i get 16 pounds of live rock the tank would be cycled from a biological filter standpoint correct? or do i need to wait until the crushed coral is established? i understand that filtration for saltwater is more for mechanical purposes and does not cycle like freshwater to establish beneficial bacteria in the filters because the biological filtration is already present in live rock???
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I wouldn't do crushed coral. I'd buy a 20lb bag of Fiji pink live sand from carribsea Especially with gobies since they sift through the sand and burrow.
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But if i understand correctly, if i get 16 pounds of live rock the tank would be cycled from a biological filter standpoint correct? or do i need to wait until the crushed coral is established? i understand that filtration for saltwater is more for mechanical purposes and does not cycle like freshwater to establish beneficial bacteria in the filters because the biological filtration is already present in live rock???
Yes but it's best to still do the shrimp cycle method just to be safe
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For a CUC I would suggest that you stock it as you need it rather than any basic suggested plan. For example: I have 2 turbos, 5 astreas, 3 cerith, 2 nassarius, and 3 hermits for my 20g with 10g refugium.

As for fish, the gobies are good options as well as shrimp. You could possibly do a porcelain crab in there as well.

Other fish to look at: Harptail blenny, Tail spot blenny, white blenny, and firefish.
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