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Old 07-29-2010, 10:40 AM   #11
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Got it. Would a coral beauty work ok? The fish dealer i've been going to said that would be ok... maybe with a small clown (where I got the idea!).

Also, I do not plan on keeping coral... Just FOWLR. For my first SW tank, I think I'll leave the coral for the future... probably for my 55 gallon when I decide it's time for an overhaul.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:48 AM   #12
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If its a standard 24x12x16 tank, im going to say no on any dwarf angels. They really need to room to swim. If its a 20L or other custom deal, that may be a different story.
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Any good fish for a 20 Gal then? Or should I just upgrade to a 30 before I put in a lot of time?
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:22 AM   #14
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Bigger tank. You're always going to want a bigger tank anyway.

If you want to keep the 20, a pistol shrimp and goby pair would be an interesting addition along with the clownfish.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:39 AM   #15
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a 30B or 40B are great tanks. The more water volume the more stable any tank is going to be.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:34 PM   #16
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This hasn't been mentioned yet, but with a smaller tank,stay ontop of the top offs. You will lose more percentage of water due to evaporation in smaller tanks. Even if it's a fowlr tank, get in the habit of topping off every day. Another thing about angels, they are territorial and smaller tank means smaller territory and more aggression. To be honest,if have the 55g already, just start it up and use the smaller tank for a refugium or sump. If you know you want a bigger tank,just wait a while till the money is available and start the bigger tank.
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problem solved... 40 gallon tank will be mine within a couple days. All I have to say is craigslist is a great place (and cheap). Its a 40 Tall, so not a great deal more in the footprint, but I think it will be nice and not nearly as temperamental.

So, ideas now for fish? Dwarf angel too territorial for the tank + a couple mates?
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Probably, like I said I had one in a 180(72x24x24) and it still nipped fins, but that was one fish,many others have had them and not had problems. Just make sure it is the smallest and last fish in the tank. And, you do have a quarantine tank, don't you? And being a tall tank,if you decide on corals, a more powerful light than the norm will be needed.
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add fish from least aggressive to most aggressive and you will be fine. Careful of clowns, a lot of people think they are the best choice for first additions but should actually be towards the bottom due to their territorial tendencies.
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Yes to the quarantine tank, no to the coral... I guess I'll do some more research about good tank mates, or possible alternatives to an angel... no hurry... I've got at least a month before it is set up and ready to run. Thanks for the help!
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