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Old 01-07-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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Stocking Questions

I'm going to start a 55 gallon reef tank, and I already have a definite list for stocking, but want to add a few more, since I've decided to go with this bigger tank. My definites are:
2 Occelaris Clownfish (one regular & one b&w)
1 Orange Lined Cardinalfish
1 Yellow Banded Possumn Wrasse
6 Sexy Anemone Shrimp

The possibilities for more are:
3-4 Zebra Barred Dartfish
Firefish
Royal Gramma
Black Axil Chromis
6 Spotted Cardinalfish
Peppermint Shrimp

I wouldn't add all of them, I would just pick and choose based on people's suggestions. And the coral list is stored on my other computer, so I can get it up in a couple of days, but a few of those were:

Brain Coral, Favites
Thick Finger Leather
Button Polyp
Candy Cane
And maybe one or two I can't remember off the top of my mind.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:29 AM   #2
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My vote would be to add a purple firefish to the definite list and I would consider the tank stocked. Id also add a few peppermint shrimp and a skunk cleaner or a blood shrimp.
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So the one more fish would completely stock a 55 gallon? I probably would have gone with the purple instead of regular anyway, I do like the color better. I'll look into the shrimp. How many peppermints should I add?
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I like the skunk cleaner shrimp. I'll probably go with that instead of the blood shrimp.
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I would not say the tank would be stocked with one more. You have to look at what you have. 2 clowns with small bioloads and stay close to their home, a cardinal with smaill bioload and small size and a wrasse with small bioload. A firefish is another small bioload fish that stays very close to home. No open swimmers and plenty of room bioload wise. I ran a 46 with 2 clowns, coral beauty, bicolor blenny, firefish, two damsels and a green clown goby. Shortly before transferring tanks I had a scooter blenny with no parameter swings. You're far from being stocked IMO.
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Oh, another question! How should I feed these fish and corals? I'm assuming it isn't like freshwater, where you feed a few different flakes and pellets every other day.
And Sergie, what else out of my potential list do you think would work in this set up?
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Most feed their fish everyother day. I switch between flakes and frozen mysis. Although don't overfeed flakes due to the phosphates they carry and rinse frozen food also due to phosphate. You'd gate an algae breakout... I'd say you coud add a firefish, maybe two of them if mated would look nice, and the gramma but add the gramma last.
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Does this seem like an okay food for the corals?

Live Foods for Feeding Aquarium Fish, Inverts & Corals: AlgaGen Coral Smoothie
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So the gramma would come even after the clowns?
And what about these for food:
Omega One Garlic Marine Flakes

Omega One™ Garlic Marine Pellets Fish Food

What other foods do you recommend?
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Depending on the corals you might not need to feed. I have trumpets, frogspawns, colt, torch, green star polyps, assorted zoanthids, mushrooms of all types and other assorted polyps and I have never fed or dosed. They get all calcium from my salt mix and photosynthetic foods from my lights. As far as the fish food you've chosen I'd say you'd be set. If you get grazers at some point you may need seaweed enriched with garlic as a treat.
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