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Old 07-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Need some ideas for stocking please!

55 gallon, 40 lbs of live rock, Fiji pink sand. Plenty of flow, with 3 power heads. Current livestock: 2 mocha clowns, 1 algae blenny, 1 clown goby, 1 tiger goby, a long spine sea urchin and a decent CUC. I'm trying to research possible fish, and I am also planning on adding corals, which seems to be the issue in terms of fish compatibility. I would ideally like to put a coral beauty and a lemon peel angel, but some places say they aren't exactly reef compatible because they will nip at the corals. I was also interested in 2 cardinals, basically that would wrap up the stock... What are everyone's experiences with the beauties ad angels?? Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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55 gallon, 40 lbs of live rock, Fiji pink sand. Plenty of flow, with 3 power heads. Current livestock: 2 mocha clowns, 1 algae blenny, 1 clown goby, 1 tiger goby, a long spine sea urchin and a decent CUC. I'm trying to research possible fish, and I am also planning on adding corals, which seems to be the issue in terms of fish compatibility. I would ideally like to put a coral beauty and a lemon peel angel, but some places say they aren't exactly reef compatible because they will nip at the corals. I was also interested in 2 cardinals, basically that would wrap up the stock... What are everyone's experiences with the beauties ad angels?? Thanks!
Hey Ben, the Coral Beauty is an angel as well, and putting both in a 55, probably wouldn't end well. I would chose one... From past experience with the Coral Beauty, I would go with the Lemon Peel. I've had 2 Coral Beauties and neither lasted much longer than a month, granted it was at the start of my salt endeavor and could have been my fault as much as the fishes. IMO, the Lemon is much more striking than the Beauty, and if you don't have the tank for a Yellow tang, you can't beat that bright yellow fish in the tank as far as visual appeal.
As far as corals go, any Angel is a risk. The dwarves are somewhat less a risk, but a risk none the less.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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I do agree with the yellow.. Definitely good looking fish. So maybe a lemmonpeel and 2 cardinals?
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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Yeah, the Cardinals would be a good fit, as far as I know, they are a pretty benign, open-water fish.
Never owned any, but an interesting fish. Maybe check out the Blue Reef Chromis, another open-water swimmer with a really striking blue color.
Either one would be a good choice.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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Yea I was really hoping for something that's color would pop! The wifey likes the cardinals tho and if they're peaceful then it will keep the house peaceful haha... I'll check out the blue chromis, I just need to do convincing! Thanks man!
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I have a 54gal and have 2 small cardinals. They are very peaceful. I've read that they can be difficult to feed at first, but I bought tank-bred ones and they ate good from the first day. They are a schooling fish though, so they do like another one there. I love my little cardinals.
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A pair of Cardinals were my 3rd/4th fish in my tank after my Clowns. If I had to do it over, I wouldn't choose them due to lack of color and movement. That said, if you do get them and end up with a pair, your long spines urchin will provide a safe place for babies to hide until they are bigger. Do get the tank bred version

Definitely don't put a Lemonpeel and a Coral Beauty together in a 55. The Coral Beauty was my 5th fish and was gorgeous, active and healthy then in less than a month, just died. Everyone else was fine. I was told it was probably due to method of collection. Now I have a Lemonpeel that is gorgeous, active and full of personality. Have had her for 7 months and she's made it through 3 tank changes, Ich and Velvet.

BTW, be sure to QT all new fish for 4-6 weeks before adding to your display tank. If you don't, I guarantee you will regret it sooner or later.
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So are coral beauties just way too picky and for the advanced aquarist? Common theme here is less than a month survival rate. I think I'll go with something else... Definitely considering a few blue reef chromis, and a lemon peel. That may top off the stock, but also may want to add a yellow watchman goby for a color splash. But would that be too much yellow? Are there other gobies that would be vibrant? Maybe a mandarin? I hear those are picky eaters...?
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So are coral beauties just way too picky and for the advanced aquarist? Common theme here is less than a month survival rate. I think I'll go with something else... Definitely considering a few blue reef chromis, and a lemon peel. That may top off the stock, but also may want to add a yellow watchman goby for a color splash. But would that be too much yellow? Are there other gobies that would be vibrant? Maybe a mandarin? I hear those are picky eaters...?
From what I've read about the Coral Beauty, they don't handle collection and shipping stress very well. It's not that they are an advanced fish. Sometimes they are very hardy, it's just how they handle the journey. After losing 2, and reading this, I gave up on them. With focusing more on corals too, Angels weren't worth the risk for me.
Blue Reef Chromis are cool..huh? Really cool looking blue and highly active in the tank.
Yellow watchman is an interesting fish to watch, and would be a good choice too.
I would avoid the Mandarin as well, they need a very large tank, with a never-ending supply if pods. Unless you get an ORA Mandarin that eats other foods, and these too have been known to revert back to only eating pods.
Best of luck with you and your wife's stocking selections Ben.
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Ohh, and another really cool looking fish is the Firefish. It's called a Goby, but it's really not, it's a Dartfish. Beautiful coloration, bottom to mid-water dweller, not a very big swimmer, but when spooked, darts into his cave faster than you can blink! Only down-side to these guys is they can dart the wrong way, and onto your floor, if you don't have some kind of top. Awesome looking fish though, and relatively cheap, except for the Helfrechii's. The regular and the purple are usually around $20. Helfrechii's are like $60!
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