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Old 01-13-2014, 11:44 PM   #1
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Empty tank in need of fish

I have a 55gal FOWLR setup that has been cycling for a while. I would like to fit as many smaller sized salt water fish in it as possible. Any suggestions? Only criteria is they are not aggressive. Im looking for a nice peaceful community. Thank you all in advance for any pointers.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:56 PM   #2
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firefish!!! ... maybe a couple of clowns... possibly a dwarf angel (but be aware that if your going sps or lps... expect them to nip at the time to time) a fairy wrasse... a sand sifting goby (providing you train it to eat frozen food)

When your tank has matured you could look into a mandorin.

All fairly small fish and colorful
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:41 AM   #3
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Cool thank you I'll look them up

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Old 01-14-2014, 09:38 AM   #4
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you can try tail spot blenny, neon blue goby, def a sand sifting goby or two, some pistol shrimps with watchman goby/randall goby, two clowns, royal gramma, firefish, pearly jawfish, McCosker wrasse, yellow coris wrasse, etc
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:58 AM   #5
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Thanks dragon. How many do you think I can safely house in my 55 gal?

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Thanks dragon. How many do you think I can safely house in my 55 gal?

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two clowns, one sand sifting goby, i would add two pairs of pistol shrimp/goby, one gramma, two neon gobies, both wrasses are OK in the same tank. three firefish, and a tail spot blenny
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I know this is maybe slightly larger a fish then your looking for but take a look at a foxface, I love mine and a peaceful tank mate.
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You don't think a foxface will be a little large for a 55 gallon? Mine is almost 6 inches and I have seen bigger ones. I have him in a 6' long tank and he is always swimming the length. Just make sure they can stretch their fins out and run a bit.

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Old 01-18-2014, 09:36 PM   #9
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So today was the day, I've been excited all week and the day finally came. I visited my LFS and requested to have my water tested. To my dismay they said my salinity was (.027) and my refractometer keeps reading (.023). In addition they said I have a slightly elevated ammonia level. Long story short I was told what I didn't want to hear, no fish today. Bummer. Instead they suggested some crabs and snails. So as of this afternoon I am the proud parent of four red banded snails and two small crabs. Its better than nothing. In addition I picked up two more pieces of live rock and fired up the skimmer when I got home. Im hoping to come home with some clowns and gobys in a week when my water finishes cycling.

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So today was the day, I've been excited all week and the day finally came. I visited my LFS and requested to have my water tested. To my dismay they said my salinity was (.027) and my refractometer keeps reading (.023). In addition they said I have a slightly elevated ammonia level. Long story short I was told what I didn't want to hear, no fish today. Bummer. Instead they suggested some crabs and snails. So as of this afternoon I am the proud parent of four red banded snails and two small crabs. Its better than nothing. In addition I picked up two more pieces of live rock and fired up the skimmer when I got home. Im hoping to come home with some clowns and gobys in a week when my water finishes cycling.

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Lol so inverts can survive a cycle but fish can't? Inverts are usually more sensitive then fish. Is this shop dumb? If the tanks still cycling they shouldn't of sold you anything. How'd they test it?
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