Inhabitants for Tl450

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by polyp, 11 Jan 2013.

  1. polyp

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    What would you guys reckon is the perfect inhabitant list for a tl450. Currently i have about 6-8kg LR, and one tomato clownfish. My inverst dont seem to survive, as the last cleaner i bought lived for 10 minutes after nearly three hours of dripping him in. Nitrate level is 0 and ammonia is 0.

    So my list I am thinking of is as follows:

    two or three more clowns
    one blue legged hermit
    2 turbo snails
    maybe a feather duster or two.

    is this too much?

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    Not a good idea. Having that many clowns in a small tank will lead to fighting, especially since you already have a tomato.

    How exactly did you drip the shrimp? seems odd that it would die so quickly.

    You can add more than one hermit. What about adding some corals?
     
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    get rid of tomato so that you can put a pair of clowns imo. a goby or two
     
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    i always seem to pick the wrong fish
    first i had a yellow tail damsel which was too aggresive and now tomato which is the same.
    BTW does the tomato have to be red as mine is not and not sure if it is. Its bright orange with one stripe
     
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    Could be a cinnamon clown, shops sometimes get the two confused. But then fish colours dont always stick to what textbooks say they should be.
     
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    Have a look at this listing by tank size. It might give you an idea of what fishes you are looking for.
    Just be sure to read up on your selection once you have decided which fishes you would like, as not all are compatible with each other especially in small systems.

    EG: I have two clown gobies (a yellow, and a green) in an 80L nano (24G) They seem to quite like each other, but each stick to their own most of the day. However, in a smaller system, these two can not be hosted together with safety, they might not appreciate sharing their perch the whole day...

    Nano Fish Listed By Tank Size - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    After adding a ammonia out i slowly dripped the tank water and water from a bag a little at a time for about 3 hrs, until finally i released him into the tank. We did have a short power outage for about 15min or so but i doubt that was the problem.

    in order to add corals into the tank, i first want to either update my lighting system and add a wavemaker, as currently I only have one light working for some or other reason.

    I also want to maybe think about anemones for the clowns.

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    Do you have stray voltage in your tank?
     
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    Why do you ask?
     
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    What did you add the amonia out too? And where were/what where you dripping it in?
     
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    I added one vial of ammonia out to the tank and i was dripping straight from the main tank.
     
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    Hi Polyp

    Also make sure your PH is within acceptable range
    Inverts are very sensitive to PH Salinity and possible stray voltage

    Another thing , i do not think its a good idea to get anenomes so soon , your clowns will do fine without anenomes.
    Also anenomes need more established tanks (Atleast older than 6 months) , and if a anenome dies its horrible for your tank (Specially a Nano)

    Hope this helps
    Regards
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    Ive found shrimp to be very sensitive creatures. I lost shrimp to stray voltage coming from a defective pump.

    Changed pump and got new shrimp and every thing was fine.

    Why are you still dosing ammonia out? If your tank has finished cycling there is no need to dose this
     
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    I literally 'plonked' a finger leather coral in mine and its taken off to the point that i will have to halve it very soon. Also had a torch coral which was doing ok until i had a water problem. it has now been transferred to the 4foot and seems to be doing ok. Livestck wise i have a tomato clown, a dragonet blenny and boxer shrimp with a few hermits.

    Gobies are always a good option too.
     
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    I added the ammonia out on advice from the guy at emperors. tank was cycling for three month before that and when my damsel died i cycled it with no lights on for another 6 weeks, with water change once a week - about 10-15%.
     
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    Polyp - i also think keep a check ver closely on your water temperature and do regular small water changes. Currently with mine I am having to leave the lid open which causes a lot of evaporation so I am constantly adding new water
     
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    Dont see why he said you need to do this unless you were having an ammonia problem.
    Any idea why the damsel died?
     
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    As tJokkie suggested check your pH and salinity, and not only yours but the water that your live stock came in.

    Remember that even a small change or variance in these numbers make huge differences. Ive had to drip shrimp for 24hours cause the salinty was low from the LFS
     
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    Are you adding anything else to your tank?
     
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    nothing else. calcium boosters and those sorts of things i dont need as all the readings for ca, Ph and alkalinity are within acceptable range. You guys also need to know that i get my water from the aquarium as this is much easier for me than RO. Thanks the advice of checking the salinity in the water that the stock came in is very helpful. BTW if anyone has a spare hood for a Tl450 let me know. ebie from sams said he can get me one for about R450 so i might take him up on that offer.
     
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