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Old 08-26-2003, 06:37 PM   #1
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Fish Compatibility

I have a 55gal FOWLR that i plan on eventually converting and making it a reef tank in like 1yr plus.. With that in mind I have picked out fish that are reef compatible.. And wanted opinions about having them together..

All added over a great deal of time at least 1 month between fish

Psychedelic fish
lemon Goby
Royal Gramma
Black Cap Gramma
4-spot Wrasse
Purple Fire Fish
Yellow Headed Jawfish
Fireball AngelFish
Tomato Clown
Percula Clown
Maroon Clown
Flash Back Gramma
Royal Dottyback
Strawberry Gramma

and Eventually

Sea Slugs
Red Starfish or Orange Starfish


If I added them slowly and monitored the levels From my estimation most of these fish should do ok in a 55gal as they are all rather small.. FYI I plan on getting a 125+gal within the next 2 years or so as well some may go into my 29gal...

Would all these live together and be happy??
Should any be bought in pairs?
are these pretty easy to moderate fish for beginners?..

I have done Freshwater for a while now and decided i wanted saltwater now..

I dont want to overstock the tanks so thats why i would be adding them slowly and watching the levels and stopping if need be...

Please advise and make any suggestions about my plans...

TIA,
James
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Psychedelic fish
lemon Goby
Royal Gramma
Black Cap Gramma
4-spot Wrasse
Purple Fire Fish
Yellow Headed Jawfish
Fireball AngelFish
Tomato Clown
Percula Clown
Maroon Clown
Flash Back Gramma
Royal Dottyback
Strawberry Gramma
To many fish.

Its not a good idea to mix clown species. Either a single clown or a pair of one species for a 55 gal tank would be ok. If the "Psychedelic fish" is a mandrain goby then defianly not recommended. These fish have a rather specific diet and often will not accept prepaired foods. Most often their death is a result of starvation due to a lack of their natural food in the tank. They naturally prey on super small crustations found living in the substrate and on the rock.

That many grammas could cause problems as far as territoral disputs aswell.

For a 55 I would suggest at the most 5 small fish that are between 2-3" in size.
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Old 08-26-2003, 07:24 PM   #3
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Ok so with that in mind I was thinking about adding the following fish in this order approx 1 to 2 months in between each new addition in order to monitor the levels successfully.

2 - Percula Clown "to be added after the cycle completes" approx 6 weeks..
1 - Royal Gramma
1 - Royal Dottyback
1 - 4-spot Wrasse
1 - lemon Goby
1 - 4-spot Wrasse
1 - Purple Fire Fish
1 - Fireball AngelFish

as well as the following somewhere in between the fish within the first few months

Red Starfish or Orange Starfish

and
Sea Slugs the colorful ones
in approx 6 months or so

Is this looking more feasible
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Still looks like you may be shooting a little high for that many fish in a 55 gal. It is so hard to see all the pretty fish and not one to have one of each, but for the fish to be happy and healthy, I think you may need to cut back a few more.
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