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Old 03-16-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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Currently i would like to have a Picasso trigger in my tank; however from the sounds of it my tank would end up being to small for a trigger. Is the recommended tank size because of how much room they like to move around in? Or is it because they are territorial and aggressive? They really caught my eye; along with the lion fish. If the trigger is out of the question; I will most likely end up just going with smaller; non-aggressive fish such as clowns, goby's and so forth.

However ultimately could I get a Picasso trigger; or is the tank just to small? This is a FOWLR tank; would be around 60lb's of LR; two Koralia 4 Centrifugal Pump's; araganite (not sure how many inches I need?) ; and that should mostly be it.Of course a protein skimmer is in line.
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IMO 2 Koralia #4 would be to much for your 55G I would recommend a #2 and #3, but your doing FOWLR you should not need that much flow with it unless you are going reef in the future but for now I think just a #2 and a #1 would work out good for you. The #3 alone putts out more current than the tank can really handle especially only having 60LB of LR (IMO). As for having Trigger Fish would be way to small to house them in 55g I've seen others do it but that's the risk they like to take. Clowns and Goby's will be great additions to your Tank.
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i have two koraila 3's and that even seems like alot. your sand would be everywhere with 2 #4's.
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Hah thanks for the info! I never knew that. I will either go with 2 #2's or 1 #2 with a #3. I will stick with clowns; goby's and others. Any recommendations for a CUC? I honestly have no idea in that area.
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I would Say Start with 10 Turbo Snails 10 Astra Snails and I would say 15 Blue Leg Hermits or whatever you choose to do.... Mix and Matching them is ok.... But that's IMO I would recommend... They shoudl a Nice job for you depending on how much algae is growing
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Tank knows my preference on snails vs. hermits. I would go with nassarius snails, ceriths and margaritas, and limit the hermits. I only have 3 hermits in my 55. How about a pincushion urchin? I love the triggers, but would not put them in my 55.
What are your other ideas...remember, clowns are damselfish and can be mean to other fish if they are the first in the tank.....
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Tank knows my preference on snails vs. hermits. I would go with nassarius snails, ceriths and margaritas, and limit the hermits. I only have 3 hermits in my 55. How about a pincushion urchin? I love the triggers, but would not put them in my 55.
What are your other ideas...remember, clowns are damselfish and can be mean to other fish if they are the first in the tank.....
I honestly did not know clowns had a problem; I knew damsel's could. Honestly Im not to sure; The lions are nice but again can't stick those with clowns or other small fish which the lion would easily outgrow them. Ive been looking online at marine fish; still looking.
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Tank knows my preference on snails vs. hermits. I would go with nassarius snails, ceriths and margaritas, and limit the hermits. I only have 3 hermits in my 55. How about a pincushion urchin? I love the triggers, but would not put them in my 55.
What are your other ideas...remember, clowns are damselfish and can be mean to other fish if they are the first in the tank.....

Oh yes I forgot the Nassarius Snail How could I forget Scott... , but Roka is correct Clown are part of the Damsel Family and they can get aggressive. but from my studies of Clown fish they normally get territorial only when there is an Anemone present that they are hosting even then sometimes they would not tolerate some species of fish that may come close to there home.
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Well, you get my props for at least asking and listening...I love loins as well too! The key would be to add a lion (depending on the specie) as a "finishing touch" to your tank. This may take years..or another tank, lol, so the lion doesn't eat your other expensive fish. You might be able to get away with a smaller fish (forktail blenny) who has a defensive mechanism, such as their poisonous bite, in the tank with the lion to dissuade him from trying to swallow him.
Check out a few sites and give us a list (and tell us what you are thinking and we can go from there).
liveaquaria.com has some decent info on fish.
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