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  1. Alias

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    hey all,

    Now that my nano is cycling i wanna try nail down my stocking list. Are there any sites where i can get a list of fish for nano tanks?

    Also need to decide on a CUC, btw, when can i look at putting these guys in? really like the look of those fire shrimps.

    Im pretty set on 2 clowns (1 male, 1 female) and a goby of sorts. realistically looking at 5 maybe 6 fish max so any ideas?

    Thanks for the input in advance ;)
     
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  3. Tremayn

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    Clowns are very popular fish. I bought mine as little babies,probably 1 cm long and a year later they getting bigger and bigger. They awesome. Also,an interesting fact,clowns are all born as males and if you have two in a tank,one will develope into a female and you will have a breeding pair.I will definitely add a goby. Dont add too many fish as you will have a too big bio load and that could lead to problems.Rather have too little than too many fish. At first all you want to do is add fish,the more the better but later on youll realise that you shouldve added less and maybe added a coral or 2 extra etc etc. So Ill recommend adding fish slowly but surely,definitely not all at once.As a clean up crew Ill start with some snails(turbo snails and nassaruis), and when your water parametres are stable Ill add a shrimp and if you like them, a hermit crab,I prefer starfish. BUT TAKE YOUR TIME. Patience will bring you more joy than impulsive decisions.
     
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    yeah, i know i gotta go slow, this 6 week cycle is killing me, lol. i rate ill start with the two clowns and a goby when the time is right. when should i start getting snails, shrimp etc? i heard around 4 weeks is ok if water parameters are good.

    on the crab side of things, i've seen some cool hermits but what about porcelain crabs?
     
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    Before you rush out and buy a pair of clowns, ask first if they are wild caught or bred. Wild clowns in particular are more likely to carry brooknyella. It is also called clownfish disease and it isnt very cool. So dont forget to quarantine your fish :)
    Clownfish Disease - Brooklynella Diagnosis and Treatment
     
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    yeah, i will make sure they are tank bred. dont have a QT though? :whistling:
     
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    you can just use a canister filter, a plastic tub and some cut pvc pipes for hiding space and presto! You can just let the canister run in your sump for a few days to build some bacteria before putting it in the QT. If you have a spare little skimmer then thats cool but you done need it. When you do your weekly water changes in your tank, you can take that water and do a 50% water change in your QT. Just make sure that the water you will be replacing is clean. Also dont add any substrate and its better to use a clear plastic tub for the QT :)
     
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    Hermits are fine if you get the reef safe ones, they will eat left over food and eat off live rock (algae etc) they are seen as part of the CUC

    Porcelain crabs are a nono ATM

    First ... youll have to have an anemone for the crab (you need a VERY MATURE system for them at least 10 months and stonger lighting)

    AND Second... your clownfish will chase away the crab for the anemone ...

    So i would unfortunately not consider it for your system if I were you

    Brandon
     
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    How big is your nano
    If not to small you can put in a dwarf angelfish as the show fish in your tank
    Look for assessor fish blue or yellow
    Also look up loupropuma and gramma
    I think there are sum nice looking members of the basselet family
     
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    awesome, thanks. will look into those.

    tank is 60x30x30.
     
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    That is to small for a angel
    But also look at flasher & fairy wrasses
     
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    Research the fish you like, compile a list then run it past us :)
     
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    2 x small clowns
    1 x Yellow Fin Flasher Wrasse
    1 x baby lion fish?? (i've seem them in tanks with similar fish but not sure if its ok?)
    1 or 2 x gobies (suggestions? i like the Catalina Goby)

    CUC

    1 x fire shrimp
    1 x skunk cleaner shrimp or Yellow Banded Coral Shrimp
    3 x sexy shrimp
    1 x turbo snail
    1 x Cerith Snail
    1 x Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab
    1 xScarlet Reef Hermit Crab

    obviously this is the end goal so will build up slowly. Must still read up more on corals such but love the look of zoes, moon rock, egg spawn.
     
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    Loin fish is a very effective predator, it will soon swallow any fish/CUC that will fit in its mouth. Dont think it should be on your list.
    Keep predators in their own dedicated system. They will even eat other predators, sometimes with disasterous results
     
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    Predators also make alot of poo and degrade the water quality
     
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    Loose the lion and rather get a midas blenny or fire goby ;)
     
  18. Alias

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    ah ok, ***puts predator tank on to do list***

    so this look ok?

    2 x small clowns
    1 x Yellow Fin Flasher Wrasse
    1 x Catalina Goby
    1 x fire goby or a sand sifting goby

    CUC

    1 x fire shrimp
    1 x skunk cleaner shrimp or Yellow Banded Coral Shrimp
    3 x sexy shrimp
    1 x turbo snail
    1 x Cerith Snail
    1 x Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab
    1 xScarlet Reef Hermit Crab
     
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    Catalina Goby need cold water so then you will need a chiller
     
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    hmmm, damn.. will have to replace that
     
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