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Old 09-07-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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Advice on stocking 180

I'd love to hear comments/thoughts/suggestions on this stocking list for a new 180 FOWLR:

1 magnificent foxface
1 flame hawkfish
1 majestic angel
1 harlequin tuskfish
1 picasso trigger
2 flame angels
1 (__?__) tang <---- scopas, orangeshoulder, other...?
1 (__?__) puffer <--- dogface, porcupine, or valentini?
5 yellowtail damsels?? <--- my Marine Fishes book says these can be added to a large tank as a group & be fine... still I am unsure, considering their reputation for insanity. I want some more smaller fish, though, and they need to be able to hang with the big guys...

I am really looking for:
1) Variety - in shape, color, and behavior
2) Personality

I don't have anything in the tank yet, but it's about ready for its first inhabitant. Thanks for any advice!!

Edit: I knew I was forgetting somebody! Added the magnificent foxface to the list.
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I would stay away from the damsels as they will be problems later on.
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Even with bigger, semi-aggressive tankmates? Who do you think they will bother?
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Damsels when they get older will terrorize your tankmates. I have one in my tank from when I started(4 striper) and by far is the meanest.
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Advice on stocking 180

My yellow tails are the least agressive. Blue devil is mean and 3 stripes are kinda nasty too.
The puffer and trigger will limit your inverts/clean up crew.
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My yellow tails are the least agressive. Blue devil is mean and 3 stripes are kinda nasty too.
The puffer and trigger will limit your inverts/clean up crew.
Yeah, I know. I think the tusk will, too. I'm planning to get a tiger cowrie or two - I have heard they can often withstand aggressors b/c their shell is so hard and they are just strong (hard to knock off rock and glass). Also I'll probably buy a whole bunch of nassarius snails and just replenish them as needed... They should make a good addition to the carnivores' diet.

One reason I want the damsels is to clean up after the bigger, messier eaters.
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