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Old 10-02-2004, 10:27 PM   #1
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What do you think of this setup?

Thanks to spiderman for suggesting Michael Paletta's The New Marine Aquarium I changed my plans completely and now want a set up like this. 55gal glass tank. 1"-2" coral sand bed (collected from a dredger off the Miami,FL coast). Remora protein skimmer with maxi-jet12000 + Pre-Skimmer. 90 lbs of LR from (www.liverocks.com). Two Maxi jet 1200 ph's. 2*96 actinic+full spectrum light hood.

For fish I want to get 1.Ocellaris Clownfish 2. Orchid dottyback 3. (4) green/blue chromis 4.Royal Gramma 5.Yellow Tang

In the order I'll put in my tank.[/list]
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Old 10-03-2004, 12:27 AM   #2
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UNless you plan to upgrade you should pass on the tang.
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Old 10-03-2004, 12:53 AM   #3
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Seafan, I really like the Paletta book but I've learned that some of his stocking recommendations don't agree with what folks on here say--he okays a regal tang in a 55, IIRC, and on here most say the bare minimum is a 75 and really at least a 90. So if you got your yellow tang recommendation from Paletta, you might get some disagreement on this board. But it's still a great book!
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sounds good on the equip. I like a bit more sand, but each tank is different.
I would try to get fish tr. And would reccomend clowns in pairs. And the tang is questionable, they enjoy the swimming room of a larger tank. He should alsop go in last if you decide to get a small one.
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Ok, I had my heart set on a tang, can you recommend any tang-like fish, or algae eaters.
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nice avatar sicklidkid
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Sounds pretty exciting seafan... can't wait to see some pictures.
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be careful with the three dotty's they can be tempramental with eachother, orchids aren't as bad as arabians, but there is still a chance of aggression
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They can be temperamental, I thought they were schooling fish? Also, the clown I want to get is aquacultured, will it know what an anemone is. I also want more and but it is illegal to collect sand in florida (I think), so I had to save on the sand.
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It sounds like you are off to a good start there. I would hold off on the Tang as well. They are beautiful specimens, but speaking from experience with a 90G, it is a challenge to maintain due to their sensitive nature. What about a Lemonpeel Angelfish? I don't know much about it, but they are colorful as well.

" The Lemonpeel Angelfish requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with hiding places and large amounts of live rock to graze on the microalgae growth. It is very prone to nip at large-polyped stony corals and clam mantles. It is best not to keep Lemonpeel Angelfish with fish of the same genera."

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