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Old 09-09-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Stocking my 90 gallon FOWLR

Okay…so my tank is very close to completeing it's cycle. I currently have 9 hermit crabs. I would like to start putting my budget in order for stocking the tank. My hope is that I would like to start with 3 or 4 fish and then increase the number as I get much more comfortable with this hobby. Please give me your suggestion.
PS. Every LFS is already telling me to put damsels in to start.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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Don't do the damsels, they are always trouble in the end. I would start with 2 fish MAX, and only if they are smaller fish. You need to build up your stock slowly, or you will crash the tank. One fish per month is recommended.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:06 PM   #3
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What two would you recommended? I would start with two for this month and in the meantime try to increase my LR lbs.
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How about two Clownfish? That's what basically everyone starts out with.
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I am not sure if you have a quarentine tank or not...but if you dont you should get one and start stocking there. I am going through an ICH issue beacuse i didnt quarentine...I rushed after my cycle was done and began to stock..big mistake... now i have to set up a hospital tank and go fishless on my DT for 8 weeks...and cure my 6 fish...

I would begin to to stock slow but in a quarentine tank. I figured I'd chime in because i would do things different if i could start over..just my two cents.

FYI >>I sarted with a clown, then went to two green chromis, then a striped damsel, a coral beauty, and lastly a flame angel.

Hope my bad experience helps...
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In general you want to start with the least aggressive fish you want first and put the most aggressive in last. Do you have an idea of what type of tank you want to keep? (predator, reef safe in case you want coral later, any fish that are a must have for you)
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I think I will venture into coral later. I don't want to have a 90 gallon tank with filled with only 1-3" fish. However, I don't want a very aggressive tank.
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I bought 3 Chromis today
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Those are usualy a good start. They are reef safe, not aggressive, and low maintainence fish.

If you are looking for advice on what fish to add in the future it will make things much easier if you come up with a wish list and post it on here. People will then have an easier time giving advice on aggression, compatibility, and all that.
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Chromis are a cousin to damsels, they are awesome fish but seem to be 50/50 on the "non aggressive" reputation as they get older. If you get some other larger fish, it shouldn't be a problem. Pat is right about the wish list though, it will save you a headache down the road.
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