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Old 10-17-2005, 09:48 PM   #1
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My fish list....

I'm in the process of stocking my FOWLR tank and was hoping to get some feedback on the list. Also if there is a particular order I should add them let me know.

Current Resident:
- Longnose Hawkfish (in QT now for a week)

Definitely want to get:
- Spotfin Lionfish (Antennata)
- Snowflake eel

Debating on:
- Threadfin Butterflyfish
- Longnose Butterflyfish
- Flame Angel
- Yellow Tang
- Puffer (Spiny box or Sharpnose)
- Trigger (Niger or Picasso)

I know I can't get everything in the "debating on" category. My wife really wants a puffer and I was toying with getting a trigger. Someone told me that you can't put a puffer or trigger with a Lionfish. Any advice and/or opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

FYI: I have a 72gal tank with an AquaC Urchin Pro skimmer rated at >90gallons. There are about 40lbs of LR in the tank and another 30lbs of rubble rock in the sump.
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Puffers and triggers are a no go if want to keep a lionfish, they will pick at the lions fins and ultimately lead to its death.

IMO the antennata lion is too big for that tank, may i suggest a dwarf lionfish that can easily be housed in your 72gal. Another argument could be that if you decided to get the larger lion your Longnose Hawk would be its lunch.

So given that I think you may be able to house:

Longnose hawk
Snowflake eel
Dwarf Lionfish
Yellow Tang
Flame Angel

Add the yellow and flame last.

Others will chime in and give their 2 cents.

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That sounds like a good list to me. Others migh disagree though
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:51 PM   #4
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I like Matts list as well.
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Not a saltwater person yet:
Why would you add the yellow and the flame later?
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:57 PM   #6
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Why would you add the yellow and the flame later?
These tend to be a bit more agressive and should be added last to minimize the agressive tendencies.
BTW...I like Matt's list as well.
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Old 10-19-2005, 12:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input so far. I have a followup question about the lionfish.

The spotfin or antennata lionfish supposedly only gets a couple inches larger than the dwarf lionfish. IMO, it also looks much prettier than the dwarf. I know the volitans lionfish is much larger than both of these smaller lions. Would it be too much to replace the dwarf with the spotfin?

Also, is there any reason no one recommends the butterflyfish?

Thanks again.

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The Ant. Lion is the one that gets roughly around 10 in.

Butterfly fish tend to be ich magnets. The only ones I would go with would be the raccoon or the heniochus (bannerfish) And they are not reef safe.

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Old 10-19-2005, 06:05 PM   #9
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The Antennata lionfish only gets 7". 8" max (same as the dwarf zebra or fuzzy) and in my opinion would be fine in a 72g tank. I think the reason everyone is shying away from the butterflyfishes are, the threadfin gets pretty large (10")and does best in a school situation. The longnose is another moderately large fish and is not extremely hardy. They can be picky eaters. The original list you have, really is to many fish. I like Matt's suggestion as well with the exception of the choice of lionfish. JMO
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Yes, my original list was too many fish. The "debating list" was just a list I was toying with. I think I will go with the list Matt recommended with the exception of the dwarf.

I'll keep you all posted. Thanks.
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