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Old 04-25-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Stocking a 55g

Hi, I have a 55g that just finished cycling. I have about 10-15 lbs of live rock and about 40 lbs of base rock in the tank. It has two sunsun canister filters (I know nitrate factories) rated at 265 gph each.

I'm starting to think about stock. I would like a clown or two but I hear I should add them last. I like flame angels and coral beauties, but I'm not sure they are the best choice with the clowns.

Any suggestions on stock? When should I start thinking about a cleanup crew?

This is my first sw setup. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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What are your final plans for this tank? Eventual reef setup or fowlr and are the 2 canisters your only source of flow?
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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Possibly reef eventually but that will be a long way off. I would prefer to switch to a sump before then and I need much better lighting.

I want to get comfortable with fowlr before adding any coral.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:21 AM   #4
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Flame or coral beauty should both be fine with a clown or mated pair of clowns. Just pick one or the other, not a good idea to have two dwarf angels together.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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My only advice would not be from experience just what I've read about. Sometimes flame angels are best added to the tank last. I wish I could tell you more but I love those fish and have looked into them a bunch
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Thanks for the feedback. Will I be at stock with 2 clowns and a flame angel or do you have other stocking suggestions?

When should I consider cleaner crabs/snails?

Thanks.
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I think cardinals are cool maybe a dartfish, or a royal grama?
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:18 PM   #8
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You don't need a clean up crew till u have fish to make a mess for them
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:39 PM   #9
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Thanks. Those fish look very cool. I like the royal gramma. I will look into more info about them.
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Royal Grammas, chalk bass, gobies, clowns, dart fish, dottybacks. These are just the nano fish that can be housed in a 55.

I just finished cycling my 55 and am switching over from my 36. I have a royal gramma, clown, blue damsel, and a yellow watchman in the 36. The gramma is the only one I am considering bringing over.

So, my livestock will look like this.
Royal Gramma
2 black/white clowns
Indigo Dottyback
Some goby/pistol shrimp combo

There will be more...just haven't found more perfect matches to go with my dottyback yet.
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