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Old 05-28-2010, 03:04 AM   #11
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Why not cut back on other fish and get 20 Chromis'? They would look amazing shimmering in a big school.
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That's an idea... but as they get older don't they want to become more solitary? I'm trying to look at the long term as well as the immediate viewing pleasure.
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They live in huge schools in the reefs, to protect eachother from predators. They grow to around 2-3inches and a predator would still eat them at that size so I don't think so.
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Okay I'll give it some thought... but would a school of say 10 be enough to give it that amazing shimmer? As well as leave a bit more room for other fish?
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Start with 10 and see what it looks like. Then maybe buy some more if you don't think it's enough.
Also I read an article on keeping fish in mated pairs. For a tank this big it might be something you wanna try, especially with all the fish your planning.
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Found it!
Caught in the Act - A Guide to Aquarium Pairings.
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It's all good on the mated pairs... I have looked at it and plan on getting a few... Like the mandarin... and some of the others you just make sure you get them when they are small and then when needed they change sex... some even change back and forth as needed but most start as M or F then switch to become the dominant one but can't switch back.
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Such as clowns.
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Bartletts Anthias is another one
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All Anthias do it. It's like Clowns in the ocean. One dominant (male in the Anthias' case, female for clowns) and the rest female. Then if the dominant male dies the most dominant female takes over and becomes a male.

And I prefer Lyretail Anthias'. But that's just me.
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