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Old 03-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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Hi all, my 30 gallon half-moon sw tank is cycled and ready for fish. My largest live rock has at least 6 or 7 kenya tree sprouts on it. I know that I can only have a few fish. I am looking for opinions and suggestions for which fish and what order. I am an absolute beginner, so not too expensive. I really like the tribal blennie, not a fan of damsels and am considering true clowns so that someday I can add a frogspawn. I have Marineland led's, a Marineland canister tank 360, a Koralia powerhead 750 and a heater. I have 35lbs of live rock and 40 lbs of live sand. I don't have the specific testing #'s, the fish store tested for me and said I am ready to go. Added more live rock yesterday to bring total to 35, now waiting one more week to make sure all is stable. I figured I'd spend that week researching fish....so fire away! Thanks, Julie.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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These are some of my favorite fish for a tank that size royal gramma, sixline wrasse, filament wrasse, midas blenny, tail spot blenny, clown goby, or firefish goby. Remember it isn't the size only you need to consider but the bio load my clown is a messy eater compared to my royal gamma so I consider the clown as a bigger bio load even if they are about the same size.

It is best to get your own test kits for ammonia, nitrates and nitrites so you can test anytime you feel the need. API makes a good liquid test.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:24 PM   #3
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I do have a kit that tests for ammonia, phosphates, nitrate and nitrate, calcium. Need one for ph, tho. Just haven't put them to use yet...didn't see the need until there were some fish. Is the max number of fish really between 3 and 5? My ideal list would be the tribal blenny, 2 clowns and a school of chromis...not sure how many?
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OK...I have rearranged my rock, hopefully for the last time! It has been soooo hard given the shape of my tank. Only a few parts of rock are touching glass, but it is very stable. Still looking for fish and in what order...thanks, Julie.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:01 PM   #5
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Tested water today, zero nitrates, ph 8.0, phosphates 0.25, calcium 360, zero ammonia. I don't have a spectrometer yet, so I don't know the salinity. Temp 77-78 degrees.
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It's looking good, can't wait to see some fish in there!
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It looks good but you definitely need to check the salinity. And test for nitrites as well. Don't rush as you will only get disappointed. Do you have a qt setup?
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Lfs tested nitrites for me, said OK. I am stopping in tomrrow for more testing supplies and another powerhead. I have been reading about qt tanks, but don't have one yet. My plan is to add my first two fish, then when I do my first water change, swipe a piece of lr and use that water to start qt tank, if that's absolutely necessary. I can understand the need when you have a very large display tank, but not so sure for a pair of clowns and some chromis.
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yeah I dont think I'll have a qt either, extra work for hopefully not adding any more fish after my initial few
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Hiya Julie.

i don't have a SW qt right now myself. My qt became a regular tank for a paralized cichlid. lol

I think you should pick up the testing kits for the nitrites just so you don't have to rely on the LFS. The master kit is pretty cheap but I think you already have some testing kits?
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