My wishlist for my predator tank.

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  1. HoboHoppy

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    Hi Guys

    My tanks is not cycling and now beginning the exciting part of putting a list of fish together for the tanks. I have gone through a few websites and chosen some fish.

    I want some good color in the tank. This I will achieve through a variety of sps and some pretty fish.

    The list is as follows I would love your input and suggestions.

    1) Dragon Eel (Not even sure if we can get them here.)
    2) Small Regal Angel (The color element)
    3) Fu Manchu Lion Fish
    4) Fuzzy Dwarf Lion
    5) 2-3 in Clown Trigger
    6) Small Powder Brown Tang 2-3 inches


    I am not sure what these fish cost or where I will be able to get them either. But I think these guys would make a nice tank.

    Please let me know what you think?

    Tank is 1220X50X55 Plus minus 300lt DT and sump is another 75lt

    I still need to add more live rock too.

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    dont want to sound negative but i dont see that list happening , the dwarf you can get easy they R495 the dragon is available but the price tag is upwards of 5k IF you lucky and if you can find one ,by powder i take it you mean powder blue ? not a very easy fish to keep happy specially with predators , clown and regal are awesome and easy available , predators eat and alot of waste will chase po4 up and your sps will suffer .

    i would look at a snow flake morey or a ribbon eel , add stars and zoas and some leathers
     
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    I dont think the dragon eel is compatible with the rest of your list? Im sure I read that they are aggressive and are best suited to a tank of there own. besides they will cost a fortune and I wouldnt want it trying to eat a lion and get spiked....
     
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    oh and as far as the twin spot goes ive been waiting for one for over a year from some of the top lfs in the country ,they keep ordering but what arrives is never a twin spot
     
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    Your substrate may not be well suited to messy predators....I can imagine lots of poop getting trapped in it.
     
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    I have since that photo added a wave maker. I will blast the substrate for a hour or two every day. I read somewhere that that would be sufficient to keep the shit in the water column and hopefully down into the sump.
     
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    Wow R5,000-00 not cheap but I have paid more than that for some of my koi. I just want to know for certain that it will work in my tank before I go investing that sort of money on a fish.

    The Powder is a Powder Brown Tang. The Ribbon Moray is also beautiful. What would they cost? Also would that eel not need a sandy substrate?
     
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    Twin Spot?
     
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    I would so get a snowflake eel as a possible stocking option.

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    Sure it will help when you do it....It will be far less effort using a finer substrate.
     
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    My chain of though was if a blast a finer substrate it would cause a dust storm. Would you recommend I change the substrate? Or maybe add 2cm of sand?

    The only thing with the snowflake is its common.
     
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    Powder brown will certainly require you to have a strict quarantine regime/system as they have a reputation for getting and spreading whitespot easily.

    Ribbons are really pretty, but demanding and finnicky eaters.
     
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    I would change it, it could become a ticking time bomb.

    Even if you blast it everyday you, their poop or uneaten food will sit for a few hours. Anything to avoid ammonia in your system is very important.

    I would think finer substrate and fair flow (possibly alternating) would help keep thing in suspension until it ends up in the sump for your filtration to take care of it.
     
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    Dragon eel is a fish eating species and will most likely munch tankmates. Zebra moray is a good peaceful alternative that is fish-safe and super hardy.

    Clown trigger will bites the fins off your lions and eat every scrap of food that hits the water. I'd pass on the powder blue because of the disease factor, as others mentioned above.

    Have you considered a comet (Calloplesiops)? Also slow feeders that'll work very well with the dwarf lions.
     
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    ive got a comet on my waiting list as well , been a while they just dont arrive , twin spot is a fu manchu .
    ribbons dont need sand , hard to teach to take food and are excellent at escaping , my predator tank is filled with algae these guys eat around 10-15 flag tails and around 20 glass shrimp a week , if you look under my albums you will see what i mean think there are some pics of my ribbon eel
     
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    These are really cool fish, not very common either
     
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    What on earth is this?
     
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    Please give me a link to your pred tank feed. Also where do you get your ghost shrimps?
     
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