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Old 12-01-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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Largest fish in a 55 gallon?

I am currently cycling a 55 gallon FOWLR tank, and am curious what is the largest fish that I can put in there comfortably?

I am not interested in Clown Fish, Damsels, etc...

I should have bought a larger aquarium, but as this is my first tank was unaware that a 55 is a baby saltwater tank

I am attracted to lion fish, triggers, puffers, etc...

Are there any fish in that class that would be okay in a 55? I really like the Huma Trigger, Porcupine Puffer, and the various lion fish. I have ran across so much variation as to what is the minimum tank size that my head is spinning. Several website that I have come across have listed a 50 gallon as acceptable for a Volitan Lion, and a 55 as acceptable for a Huma Trigger. Other people say those need much larger tanks, so I am confused.

I am considering putting together a 160 gallon next year if this tank goes well, so what about the possibility of buying the fish I want and moving them when the 160 is done?

Would the 55 be too small for one small 2" Huma Trigger? There are two that size at my LFS. They also have a Fu Manchu Lion that is awesome, but I have read that they are not for the inexperienced, but they should fit in a 55 correct? They only get around 4" or so.

Any suggestions?

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I had a Fu Manchu Lion for several years. Just make sure it's eating, I always ask the LFS to feed any of the more expensive fish before buying them. It took a while but mine started eating other foods other than silversides, thats all the store was feeding it. Nice fish but you have to hand feed it as it's a slow hunter and most other fish will steal it's food.
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the fu manchu should work in a 55. also check out anglers. there are some really awesome looking ones, and they require very little space. if you don't mind spending for something awesome, wartskin anglers are my favorite. also rhinopias are totally amazing too.

a volitan lion gets to be about the size of a basketball.

if you are going with a 160 next year you could get a tiny trigger or puffer. just don't overcrowd that 55.
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"just don't overcrowd that 55."

I was thinking two fish max; like a small 2-3" Porcupine puffer, and a small 2-3" Humu Trigger.

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it doesn't sound like overcrowding to me. not with the upgrade happening.
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Undulate triggerfish according to Foster and Smith
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Just make sure it's eating, I always ask the LFS to feed any of the more expensive fish before buying them.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:12 AM   #8
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"Undulate triggerfish according to Foster and Smith"

That is a beautiful fish, my LFS has one of those as well, but he's much larger than the Humu's they have, very active as well. Thanks for the tip, I will look into that fish as well.

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i would not recommend an undulate trigger for a 55. not unless you keep it by itself. they are the most aggressive of all the triggers IMO. i would fear for any other fish.
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+1 for Dougs advice on the Undulate. They are EXTREMELY aggressive from the experience I've had with them. One particular 6 inch Undulate that was housed in a 55 gal with a Volitan Lionfish of around 8 inches, and a 3-4 inch Porcupine puffer went berserk. The Undulate ATE the Lionfish and then killed the puffer. Definitely best kept alone.
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