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Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Sarahcambo, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Sarahcambo

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    so my tank has been cycling a month now, I've added my Phosguard and Purigen, also have cuc in there, I'm gonna test the water on Monday, what would u guys recommend as a good starter fish if everything is looking good? I want reef safe ones
     
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    If you want to keep clown fish, there always great starter fish. Size of your tank?
     
  3. Sarahcambo

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    180 litres
     
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    Chromis or Damsel are hardy fish, though can be a little territorial once settled, without sounding too harsh to these specimens, if the tank isnt quiet right, they would probably survive until it is, where as other fish are probably a little more sensitive and may not fair so well, it will depend on what your end goal is with fish really, I would probably look at making a list out of the fish you would like to have, and then perhaps post this up so we can give you an idea of which ones to add in which order (yes it does make a difference in the order that they are put in, lol) Big Thumbs Up
     
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    bangaii cardinals another option :)
     
  6. Sarahcambo

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    I'm not. Sure exactly what fish I'm wanting but I like, fire fish, chromis, clowns , regal tang, lipstick tang, sailfin tang, mandarin, erm......
     
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    180l isnt much for tangs Im afraid.

    They always on the move and need alot of swimming space
     
  8. Sarahcambo

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    But the rest are ok?
     
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    My tanks only been up and running for a few months now, I have a pair of clowns, a fire fish, a bang Cardinal and a royal gramma, they are all great fish BUT the gramma very rarly makes an appearance as its incredibly shy which is a shame as the colours are stunning...the other four are great though
     
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    Your tank is too small for tangs. It will need to be mature for a lot longer (with copepods etc) before mandarins can even be considered.

    You said it has cycled so I trust nitrates are on the way down as well, which to me means as above, Clowns are a reasonable fish and they also mooch about quite nicely.
     
  11. Sarahcambo

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    Test results are nitrate 25ppm, phos 0 , nitrite 0, ammonia 0 , I'm guessing it's cycled by these results
     
  12. Sarahcambo

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    Also what is the minimum tank size you would recommend for a tang?
     
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    Depends on what tang?
    Some tangs like kole tangs can live happily in smaller tanks where as others like naso tangs need big tanks.

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  14. Sarahcambo

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    I really like Naso and regals,
     
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    6x2x2 min imho
     
  16. Sarahcambo

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    Guess I'll rethink....or go bigger haha
     
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    Iv got a regal and naso in my 5x2x2 and I know I won't be able to keep them there forever they will get too big.

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    Maybe I could get them as babies then and upgrade once they grow? How quick do they grow?
     
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    Pretty quick, you would probably only get 6-12 months if you are lucky! You also have to think about what your filtration can cope with.
    For now I would get to grips with the basics of reef keeping and give yourself time.

    Naso tangs grow to 18" in length.
     
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    I got a small regal in March after my original died from whitespot. It was 2inches max is guess it grown an inch or so already.
    My naso hasn't really grown at all in a similar time frame but he was 4inches to start with.
    Imo I'd avoid all of the bigger tangs in small tanks as they need a fair amount of swimming room.

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