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Old 09-23-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Stocking question for 55g...

Hey everyone! I think I'm getting ready to upgrade to a 55g tank and I was wondering if I could put some more fish other than my 2 clownfish, blue damsel, and yellowtail damsel? I also have a bubble anemone , 2 emerald carbs, a handful of each B/L and R/L hermits, a handful of assorted snails, and 3 cleaner shrimp. So any inputs would be appreciated.

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Hey everyone! I think I'm getting ready to upgrade to a 55g tank and I was wondering if I could put some more fish other than my 2 clownfish, blue damsel, and yellowtail damsel? I also have a bubble anemone , 2 emerald carbs, a handful of each B/L and R/L hermits, a handful of assorted snails, and 3 cleaner shrimp. So any inputs would be appreciated.
Yep! You could add more fish. What fish were you thinking of?
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Yep, you got plenty of room!

have you checked out Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums for ideas?
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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Nope I havent looked at anything yet, just know I won't be able to get any tangs which if eventually i'll have a a 125g tank, I'll check that link to see if anything pops out at me. Thanks for the quick responses
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I really like the colors of the lemonpeel angelfish and the purple dottyback. But it says that the dottybacks are semi-aggressive and their not on the compatibility chart unless their a version of the damsel... What say ya'll?
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:57 PM   #6
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In total I will have 8 fish in my 54 gallon - One is a goby.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:48 PM   #7
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If you are planning on a reef tank the angel may nip corals. :-(

But it's a really great fish otherwise.
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Ya I seen that on the description after I posted it. I would like a larger sized fish that will be happy in a 55g tank. I'll keep looking and if you have fish in mind just let me know and I'll look into them. Also, do you know anything about the Purple Dottyback?
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:16 PM   #9
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Dottybacks are aggressive fish. If you get one, add it to the tank last. I had A Diadem Dottyback in the past, such a cool fish!
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Are you running open top or is it covered? If covered you can get wrasses.
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It'll be a covered top whenever I get it. I just like really really bright colored fish, just soothing and calming to me lol. Aren't Wrasse's not good for corals to?
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There are reef safe wrasses.
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It'll be a covered top whenever I get it. I just like really really bright colored fish, just soothing and calming to me lol. Aren't Wrasse's not good for corals to?
Here are some cool reef safe wrasses......

Wrasse Fish for Sale: Cleaner Wrasse and other Reef Safe Wrasse Species

Wrasses are awesome, active fish! I plan to add a few when I upgrade someday!
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I like the Cleaner Common Wrasse, and the Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse's very colorful and i think they would look awesome under my blue LED's
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I like the Cleaner Common Wrasse, and the Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse's very colorful and i think they would look awesome under my blue LED's
The Cleaner Wrasse may not be a good idea becuase their main food source in the wild is cleaning fish of parasites, which is hard to replicate in the aquarium. It is possible they can stress fish too because they always want to clean them.

Fairy Wrasses are great fish! I love the Scott's Fairy Wrasses!
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What about Butterfly fish? i know the Copperband Butterfly is hard to feed, are all Butterfly fish this way?
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Not all are super hard to feed. Here is one classified as "Easy"
Auriga Butterflyfish

This one isn't reef safe though. It seems to me I read in a magazine that there were one or two Butterflies that were reef safe.
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Butterfly Fish, saltwater fish aquarium - Aquatic Connection

I found a Butterfly where it says it is "suitable" for a reef.
This one isn't as hardy though.
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looks like I'll just scrap the idea of getting a Butterfly... Thanks for the help!
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looks like I'll just scrap the idea of getting a Butterfly... Thanks for the help!
No problem! If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask!
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