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04-20-2012, 08:34 AM
Originally Posted by BarbH
Okay getting closer to being able to start getting fish and this is what I am thinking towards a stocking list. Tank size is a 72 gallon.
Pair of Clowns either Percula or Ocellaris
Firefish either red or purple haven't decided on which
Barnacle Blenny thinking maybe 2 or 3
One Spot Foxface
Mandarian Dragonet (will first establish a pod population, also talked to my lfs and the Mandarians they get are captive breed and accept prepared food)
Green Chromis (thinking about this one but haven't completely decided yet)
A few others I am thinking of is maybe a fairy or flasher wrasse one or two although with doing the dragonet might decide to pass on them so that don't have too many fish competing for pods. Another fish that I keep coming back to is a Coral Beauty Angel, I like the look of the fish but not sure about it being reef compatiable. I am starting this tank as a fish only and when money allows will be getting lighting that will allow me to keep corals, so I am trying to base fish selections on being reef safe. Also in which order would you suggest adding these fish, I want to wait awhile on the Mandarian to allow for the pod population to establish.
Any suggestions in the order to work on adding these fish? Thanks
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I started my tank with Chromis....then a week or so later, added a pair of clown fish.
Regarding the Coral Beauty -- From aquaticcommunity.com: "The Coral Beauty is not really considered reef safe, because it may attack both corals and other types of invertebrates. It is especially prone to nip soft and stony corals, and can also harm feather dusters and anemones."
As far as the mandarin.... there are plenty of differing opinions on when you should add a mandarin. Bottom line, they are heavy eaters with a fast metabolism (captive bred or not). If you do not have sufficient pods, then you need to be prepared to feed them often. I suggest that you research this here and other places, then base the purchase off of those requirements. You will hear plenty of opinions either way.
Have fun with your fish selection!!!
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