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Old 07-11-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Question Damselfish Suggestions

After my experiences with damsels, I told myself I'd never get another one. But now my dad wants some.

We have a 75 gallon FOWLR with a lone 2"-3" Huma Trigger. It looks barren and lonely. He wants to put hardy, colorful, and active fish in it to brighten it up a little.

Any suggestions as to what damselfish will tolerate each other in a 75? We're looking at adding anywhere from 10-20 fish at the same time to hopefully lessen aggression between the damsels and the trigger.

So, what kind of damsels should we get?
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Your tank will not handle the bioload change for that many fish. You will have a big ammonia spike if you add that many at one time. 10-20 damselfish will be a war zone. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it wont work. Maybe come up with a difference plan to add color. Clowns, dwarf angels, gobies and many other fish out there will add color and you can add them maybe two at a time.
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Ha! You just kept us from buying a bunch of damsels. If you're being anything, it's not the bearer of bad news. Right after I posted this I just realized what an impact 10-20 fish would have on the water chemistry. Good call, Melosu! We've crossed out the damsel idea, but this tank needs color. I'm thinking a few wrasse?
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A wrasse would be good. If you are thinking color try a flame angel or coral beauty. A pink spotted goby just to name a few.
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Thanks for the suggestions. We tried a bicolor angel and a yellow angel from our LFS, and we couldn't get them to eat. I think we may add a juvi. Koran angel and a wrasse. We really like the Midas blenny, too.
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Rule number one I always tell folks is make sure the fish is eating at the LFS. Ask the LFS to feed a little and make sure he is eating.
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I tell my dad that all the time, but he just gets caught up in the excitement. Great advice!
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