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Old 10-11-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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New FOWLR Tank Size Question

Here's what I'm looking to start up for a FOWLR tank:
False Clown
Yellowtail Damsel
Dottyback

I have a spare 20 gallon tank (with filters, heaters, etc) that could be used. I'm thinking that 2 of each of the above would max out the tank. I have plenty of filtration available (up to 350GPH).

Would a 20 gallon suffice? I'm not against getting a 55 or 60 gallon (I already have a 56G freshwater tank), but as this is my first venture into marine tanks, I didn't know if starting out smaller is better...
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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I'm not sure you could do those 6 fish in a 20. Damsels are highly territorial.

In saltwater, bigger is better. I would honestly go with the biggest tank you can keep etc
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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I'm not sure you could do those 6 fish in a 20. Damsels are highly territorial.

In saltwater, bigger is better. I would honestly go with the biggest tank you can keep etc
I'm not 100% sold on the damsels yet. I was going to put them in for some color (which the dotty's will give more than enough of), and I've been told the yellowtails aren't as territorial as other damsels, though I guess when in a small enough volume, genetics takes over
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Why not replace the damsels with some small nano gobies?
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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Why not replace the damsels with some small nano gobies?
Funny you should mention that, I just saw some of those at liveaquaria.com, very pretty fish. I will check my LFS to see if they have/can order some for me.
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The clown gobies are super cute. Also, you could look into inverts. There are a lot of shrimp out there that are very bright and colorful. Fire shrimp are a vibrant red. Skunk cleaner shrimp are red and white. Peppermint shrimp are cute.
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The clown gobies are super cute. Also, you could look into inverts. There are a lot of shrimp out there that are very bright and colorful. Fire shrimp are a vibrant red. Skunk cleaner shrimp are red and white. Peppermint shrimp are cute.
The red-striped and Catalina gobies are nice looking, too...

Once I get used to the marine routine (which I can't imagine being too different from the freshwater routine), I will start w/ inverts...
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The red-striped and Catalina gobies are nice looking, too...

Once I get used to the marine routine (which I can't imagine being too different from the freshwater routine), I will start w/ inverts...
Make sure you really research the Catalina gobies. I have read they like cooler water.
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Make sure you really research the Catalina gobies. I have read they like cooler water.
you are correct...60-70F...too chilly.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #10
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Hi

If you're going to use the 20gal here's what i would recommend:
2x firefish (purple or regular)
a pair of occelaris clowns. DO NOT buy the bonded pair bullcrap. TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY, if you buy 2 occelaris clowns they will eventually become a pair as they are hermaphrodites.
1x Hi fin banded goby.

that stocking would give you some nice colour and a low biological stress on your filtration.

But as previously stated "in saltwater the bigger the better" If you are interested in getting a bigger tank, here is a few stocking lists for some regular choices of tank sizes.

55gal:

2x maroon clowns
1x dwarf lion
1x flame angel or any other dwarf angel to your liking

or a more peaceful

5x reef chromis
2x firefish
3x green clown gobies


75gal:

1x snowflake eel
1x pinkface wrasse
1x foxface
2x dwarf lions or 1x radiata or russels lion
1x picasso trigger (PLEASE introduce last as triggers are agressive to newcomers on some occasions, or on others can be happy additions to a tank. If I were you I wouldn't take any chances)

or another peaceful

1x kole eye yellow tang
1x fairy or flasher wrasse
4x reef chromis
1x dwarf angel
3x firefish
a pair of occelaris or clarkii clowns

hope I helped and gave you some ideas, let me know if you decide to up your tank size or keep it the same. Also be sure to keep us postewd on future progress

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