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Old 12-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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65 Gallon Tank Stocking Questions

Ive been setting up this tank since July and finally got a couple fish in it!
Started with purple firefish goby over a month ago and last week added a small coral beauty and they are both getting along nicely.

The tank dimensions are 36x18x24.. So, its a deep tank and only 3 feet long..

I'm thinking of making it into a reef tank in the future so i want to get the right fish now that will work with a reef setup.. I know the coral beauty could be iffy but we will see..

I would like to get a foxface for the tank and he would be the showpiece fish but im not sure if the tank will be big enough for him.

One of my other fish will be a clown .. Not sure which type of clown yet

So thats 4 fish.. im looking for recommendations on my choices so far and on my future plans for the tank.. Let me know what you guys think!!

Ohh and how many fish in this tank? Ive read on the forums that around 6 would be a good number depending on the size of the fish

20 gallon sump W/Refugium Chaeto LR
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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Yeah all depends on the size of the fish general rule is one inch of adult fish for very 5 gallons of tank space. You should be ok with those fish however be warned coral beauty's may nip at your corps which shouldn't be a major issue if you have plenty of Carl's which can share out the nipping but one or two may struggle if constantly being nipped at. However this I only a mayb I know a lot of people who have been fin with beauty's in reefs. I would maybe look at a schooling fish? Something like cardinals would be pretty cool and make the show fish stand out more.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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The inch per 5 g rule isn't very accurate. A 3" Firefish and a 3" clown won't produce the same amount of waste and the Firefish needs far less swimming space. If you get some nano fish, like the Firefish, and you keep up on your weekly PWCs and levels are good, you could probably do 8-9 fish. But if majority end up being good sized fish (like foxface and angel size), then 6-7 would be it IMO.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #4
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ok ty woody and beengirl thank you for the input .. Im not really feeling the cardinal fish.. Not sure why, maybe they will grow on me .. we will see..

so, what are your thoughts on a foxface in a 65 gallon tank..

From what ive read a 65 might be the minimum size tank i could put him in..

Im looking at the one spotted foxface.. You think he would do ok in this tank?

Im basically looking for something similar to the looks of a tang.. I know i cant have a tang or trigger in this size tank and i would never put 1 in there.. So im looking for other options

Foxface is the only thing i have seen that possibly may work in my tank.. Maybe you guys know of more
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I would say it would be ok personally but do not have much experience sorry
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #6
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The minimum recommended tank size for a fox face is a 70, so it's pretty close. However, your tank being only three feet, I personally wouldn't do it. Fox faces are another one that you have to use caution with around coral too.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:18 PM   #7
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that's what i was afraid of psych.. 70 gal minimum.. ohh well.. ill keep looking for something else.

On Craigslist today , actually 5 min ago, there is someone selling 2 snowflake clown fish for $60.. Sounds like a good deal to me.. Ive seen these fish go for at least a 100 or more a piece..

Im a little apprehensive on buying fish on CL and i dont want to add to many fish to my tank at one time but this seems to be a good price..

Ive heard these are a peaceful fish.. is that true?

Heres the link.. Should i get em?

Saltwater Snowflake Clownfish Pair - $60
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:23 PM   #8
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I would do your research @ live aquaria
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:29 PM   #9
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they dont sell the Snowflake clown fish there,, But i guess its just a type of Ocellaris clownfish from what i have found out.. And Ocellaris are suppose to be a peaceful fish.. i just didnt know if the snowflake was exactly the same temperament
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That's true but dang those fish are very expensive
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