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Old 10-04-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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Deciding on Tank Mates for Future Reef

Hi All,

Wondering if you could lend some inspiration, ideas and advice.
I am pretty sure my cycle is finished (165L, Wet dry trickle with venturi protein skimmer, average lighting for now, 17KG of LR and aragnite coral sand).

I want the tank to have the following aspects:
  • Be varied in colour
  • Be stimulating (hiding fish and active fish)
  • Have a good Cleanup Crew
  • Eventually be a reef (T5 lighting and RO/DI coming)
  • Easy to feed (not 5 different types of food, just 1-4 max)

I really like the look of the Blue Green Chromis/Jade Damsel, and I have been told that these are excellent starter fish and are best introduced to the tank first. Is this true?

In a few more weeks, I will add my Clown. Then a month or so later two firefish. the after this I want a Kaudern's Cardinal. And down the track one more fish; maybe another clown or a royal gramma, or a wrasse/cleaner goby.

- Is this too many fish?
- Will this be a good matchup?
- Right Order?
- Reef Safe?
- Is this easy to feed?

- If you could stock a 165L FOWLR, that would eventually turn reef, what would you put in?

- What cleanup crew would you put in, how many, and when do you introduce them? (snails/hermits)


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The chromis like to be in groups and so do most cardinals. I would say maybe 3 chromis, 3 kauderns cardinals, 2 firefishes, and 2 clowns. You may even be able to sneak in a goby.

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I like thom`s suggestion. Maybe a pink spotted goby.
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