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Planning Fish That Work Together.

Discussion in 'Fish, Anemone's and Critters' started by afeltham, May 12, 2018.

  1. afeltham

    afeltham Registered

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    Hello,

    I'm still new to this, but starting to find that i need to be really thoughtful about what i buy so that i get things that will get along.

    I have a 200L tank - 2 clown fish, 2 fire shrimps, 3 turbo snails, 3 narcissus snails and 4 yellow tail chromis, 1 chalk goby.

    I have a few problems...

    1) How can i work out / plan what would go well? I'm looking for some more 'pretty' fish but always seem to find they are then not reef safe.

    2) What else would go with a chalk goby for sand sifting... i used to have 2 but just one isn't coping with keeping the sand clean.

    3) How can i maximise the number of "things" in the tank so that there is lots to look at.

    4) What do you think a limit would be on things to put in?

    I plan to get more coral as well, and currently only have a few things in.

    Thanks.
     
  2. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    how about so small wrasse
    i like the banana wrasse
    bright and active
    and useful as a bug eater too
    sand sifting starfish or conch

    limit set by filtration capability and compatability issues
     
  3. afeltham

    afeltham Registered

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    Thanks Jim - will look out for wrasse. Always assumed starfish would be complicated to keep. True?

    I get the compatibility issues, but how do you quantify filtration capability? I've tended to buy on the expensive end of the scale - most people seemed to suggest it would pay off in the long run.

    Other thoughts and comments welcome!

    Know of any sites that allow you to filter by reef safe fish for example?

    Thanks, Andy
     
  4. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    I mean by testing of your water for pollutants
    I for example have just had to upgrade my reactors for bio pellets and gfo as they could no longer do the job
    Only put a starfish into a well established tank as otherwise it might starve
    For reef safe fish I would trust my lfs
     
  5. doug_amanda

    doug_amanda Admin Staff Member

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    Liveaquaria has some decent info on fish care and compatibility.
     
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