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Old 03-27-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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55 stocking- single species

I have a 55 that I am breaking down to move to another room, it has a HOB skimmer and T-12 lights that look fine but won't support any corals.

I am moving the algae blenny, 2 small Chromis and inverts into a new reef tank my husband set up and I want to find a new fish for this tank, something awesome.

I looked into puffers but this is too small for any species of SW puffer.

I was considering a large school or a single fish, maybe even a "map" turtle or pair.

Any ideas? I also love sea horses and have plenty of macro algae.
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What is the size of the new tank? Sea horses are def a no go as they require almost no flow, which almost always means a species tank.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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The tank is 55 and it could be a sea horse only tank, I am moving all the inhabitants to another tank before I break this one down completely.

How do sea horses fare in 55 gallon tanks? I have live rock and sand to re-use that won't fit in the reef tank.
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My lfs has a dwarf fuzzy lion fish for $45, and again, I would keep him as a single inhabitant to the 55 with about 50 lbs rock ad plenty of hideouts.

Any warnings or pros/cons to know about fuzzy lion fish? I checked out live aquaria and they said 50 gallons minimum.
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think sea horses would do better in deeper tanks like the hex shape IMO
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My lfs has a dwarf fuzzy lion fish for $45, and again, I would keep him as a single inhabitant to the 55 with about 50 lbs rock ad plenty of hideouts.

Any warnings or pros/cons to know about fuzzy lion fish? I checked out live aquaria and they said 50 gallons minimum.
how bout a pair of marine bettas they are really nice looking fish
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how bout a pair of marine bettas they are really nice looking fish
Marine bettas get large 55 is not big enough imo and you could do toby (sharp nose) I have one and he is quite the charecter
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I disagree that 55 gal is too small for a sw puffer have a look into toby puffers, I have a valentini puffer 2 clowns a sleeper goby and some shrimp in a 34 and if you look on liveaquaria there are a few puffers that are fine for 30 gallons

The seahorses would be cool but they need very specific set up for example you cant have a heater in the display tank and they are very fussy feeders etc

The turtles would be cool I had musk turtles and they were brilliant and very entertaining but they are very very messy creatures from my past experience so very good filtration and cleaning the tank often would be a necessity
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I kind of like the idea of the Seahorses. I believe they would do Ok. As mentioned above they do have a few things that have to be done differently.
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I would advise a snowflake eel or a frogfish.
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