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Old 12-21-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Stocking help

My tank is cycling now and am looking at what to stock it with.
I have:
58 Gallon (previous posts I thought it was 65) with 90lbs of LR and 70 lbs of sand, reef tank
That overflows into a 20 gallon refugium with 15lbs of LR and 40lbs of sand.
Then a 20 gallon sump tank.
Total water volume 90 gallons minus displacement by rock and sand.

Fish:
1 Royal Gramma Basslet
2 Banggai Cardinal
2 Spotted Cardinalfish
2 False Percula Clowns (1 bigger than the other)
2 Purple Firefish (1 male 1 female?)
1 Yellow Watchman Goby
1 Six Line Wrasse
1 Angel (Flame or Coral Beauty)
1 Red Mandarin (once I decide if my fuge and tank supply enough pods)

Inverts:
2 Pincushion Urchin
2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
1 Bulb Anenome (9-12 months down the road)
1 Sand Sifting Star
1 Brittle Star
20 Scarlett Hermits
1 Emerald Crab
Various snails

Macro:
5 Red Mangroves
Chaeto
Sea Grass
? Something else that's more visually appealing

Coral:
Just know I like:
Frogspawn
Brain
Green Star Polyps
Colorful Zoas
Looking for ideas?

I'm looking for a lot of diverse color and would rather have more smaller fish than fewer larger ones.

Am I being too ambitious with my fish list? (I understand not stocking too many at a time)

Any thoughts for corals I'm all ears. I'll have a MH lighting system by the time I buy coral.
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13 fish in a 58 is way to many. You`ll need to cut that in half IMO. Also your CUC is too big to start off with. Dont forget you wont have too much for them to eat at the beginning. Start small and add as needed. I would hold off for about 6 months at least to add corals. Give your tank time to stabilize. Your coral list looks OK but I would start with some easier first like mushrooms, yellow or button polyps and then with your list.
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