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Old 10-17-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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What would you stock first

Yes my nitrogen cycle is almost complete. I was wondering about stocking my invertabrates. I believe they should be my first additions. I was planning on stocking my 57 gallon with 5 hermit crabs , 2 emerald crabs , 2 cleaner shrimp and a snail or two. Does this sound adequate? And how should I go about putting them in my tank? A few at a time or does that matter? Any suggestions is appreciated.
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what fish are you looking to get
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A clown , a godby , a cardinal , fairy wrasse , blue hippo tang maybe
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:19 AM   #4
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I would add the entire amount of snails, hermits and shrimp at once. I temp acclimate the snails and crabs and in they go. Now the shrimp on the other hand will require a much longer acclimation period as they are very sensitive to salinity and ph. I usually temp match them in the bag and then add water over about an hour and a half.

ALSO, I hate to tell ya but a blue hippo shouldn't be in a 57g tank. they require a 6 foot long tank and at least 125g but preferably 180g.
The others on your list look just fine though.
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What type of cardinal?
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