Originally Posted by StartingInUtah
Thank you for all the advice. So I went and talked with a lady at a store that specializes in saltwater fish here in Utah. She told me to make sure to get a good cleanup crew or I would be cleaning it nonstop. She said to not get the cheap hermit crabs but to get the ones that are larger than the small snails (such as the red leg one, etc) and to get about 10 of them and about 10-20 nerite snails but that I would have to replace probably 10 of the snails every 6 months to a year. What do you guys think about that?
She also said to choose 2-3 of the medium size fish (the ones that require about a 70 gallon aquarium and are about 4-7 inches long) and 5-7 small fish (the ones that require a 30 gallon or smaller aquarium and are 1-5 inches long) and not to do more than that and then add as many invertebrates as I want. She was talking about adding them to coral, though. As I am reading angelfish are not really reef compatible and neither are the foxface and neither are a couple other fish I am looking at. Would that make a difference and does that sound like a good amount of fish?
Here is what I am looking at but I am worried about a couple of the fish on this list. Tell me what you think, please.
Coral Beauty Angelfish
Kole Yellow Eye Tang
One Spot Foxface
Six Line Wrasse (or some kind of fairy wrasse, not sure which yet)
Saddle Valentini Puffer (I am worried about this)
Longnose Hawkfish (I am really worried about this)
Some sort of Blenny, jawfish or goby (I have no idea what kind to get with these)
Am I even on the right track at all? Is this too many fish for a 75 gallon aquarium, does it seem about right or could I add more? Do you have any advice on what type of blenny, jawfish or goby to get? What if I wanted coral in the future, what fish would I not be able to have on this list?
Thank you again for all your help.
Alright, well it is common for LFS
to give advice just for a sale. So, here are the things I find wrong. Not an attack against you, just in general. I apologies if it sounds rude :/ not trying to be
1.) The cleanup crew statement is false, CUC are never required. They don't really "clean", they simply change one form of detritus into another. With or without them, you will be cleaning the tank, that's the way it goes.
2.) Cheap hermit crabs? It doesn't matter their price, and I find that anyone who is calling a beautiful piece of nature "cheap" isn't really respectable. Also sounds like she wants you to spend more money.
3.) If they are saying you'll have to replace your CUC, that's a problem. They are knowingly selling you too much of something, and then telling you it's ok if they die, just replace them...
4.) I wouldn't start off the bat with 10 fish, maybe 8, and if the system can handle it then you can increase the amount. Don't add them all at once, not what I am trying to say.
5.) Angelfish are really a hit or miss. Some won't nip at corals, some will. As for fox face, they are typically fine.
6.) The puffer will eat your CUC.
7.) I'd still be cautious of adding a tang.
8.) you are right to be cautious of the hawlfish.
9.) I'd stay away from jewfish if you don't have a DSB
10.) Watchman goby, bicolor blenny, anything really.