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Old 02-07-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Hi All. Here's what I plan to stock my 125 g reef tank with - in addition to the soft corals, pink brittle star, coral banded shrimp, conch, nassarius snails and hermits:

Mated Pr of Occelaris Clowns - orange
Mated Pr of Occelaris Clowns - Black & White
Yellow Tang
Pacific Blue Tang
Sailfin Tang
Flame Angel
Yellow Jawfish
Lawnmower Blenny
Mandarin
Royal Gramma

Red Cleaner Shrimp

Bubble Anemone


See any potential problems?
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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thats alot of tangs in a smaller tank. flame angels are hit and miss with soft corals
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:15 PM   #3
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If I got true percs, could I still get the b&w occelaris?
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You could switch one of the pairs out for true percs but i would add both pairs at once if your going to do that. Might help to reduce aggression a bit. Also be careful with the lawnmower blennies. If you don't have a good source of algae for them to eat all the time they can be tricky to feed. Make sure it will eat prepaired foods before you get one. I think three tangs in that tank would be taking a risk. I would try and cut it down to two max. And as brad mentioned the flame angel may eat some of your coral.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:49 AM   #5
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What are your thoughts on the sequence of adding them?

Due to local availability and stock issues on Liveaquaria, I will either be ordering a pr of true percs and a or of b&w ocellaris, both tank raised from Saltwaterfish.com or two other fish from Liveaquaria.com

I was thinking 1 medium Hippo and 1 med Yellow. I will scrap my idea for the sailfin.

Thoughts on what combinations and order and time in between additions?
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:02 PM   #6
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Bought my first four fish today. They will get here Thursday!

2 ORA Semi-Picasso Percs - aquacultured
2 Black & White Ocellaris - aquacultured

They are shipping in one box, in styrofoam and one fish per bag.

I should be acclimating them in two containers, rt?
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Yes, make sure you acclimating them in two different containers.

As for the order to add the tangs, neither one of them is in general more aggressive then they other by much so the order should be fine either way. I would wait at least 2 months after you put your clowns in. This will give the tank time to catch up from adding 4 fish and give you a little time to make sure the clowns have settled in.
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What's the best food for the clowns? Which brands?
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Should I consider a goby for Sand sifting? I only have 2" bed in DT.
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I'd only do 1 pair of clowns and two of the tangs. Clowns are damsels don't forget and can get territorial, expecially when breeding. I see I'm too late on that and you've already done both. Good luck. 3 tangs and an angel require a lot swimming space. Again, territory start to matter with 4 swimmers like that.

Add the yellow tang last and he's gotta be bigger than the first. Yellow can be real mean in my (and others) experience.

A sand sifting bogy can be a pain and a big help. The 2 spots will die and won't last. The larger ones will cover rock and coral near the bottom and drive you crazy IMO.

Get nassarius snails for your sand, but a good vacuuming when doing PWCs is best for the sand IME.

Clowns and others need vegetable and meat. Tangs, mostly veggies are better, but will eat meat.
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