Order of Introduction

Discussion in 'Marine Fish Discussions' started by Pads, 17 Feb 2010.

  1. Pads

    Pads

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    Hey Guys, I'm looking to start stocking my tank and there is a vast range of fish.
    I've got my own summation as to which fish to add at what times but I'd like to bounce it off ya.

    Currently in DT
    1. Picasso Trigger
    2. Ocellaris Clown (2x)
    3. Cleaner Wrasse

    Wish List (in order to be added according to me)
    4. Blue/Green Chromis (6x small)
    5. Copperband Butterfly
    6. Goldie (2x)
    7. Naso Tang (small)
    8. Regal or Yellow Tang (small)
    9. Green Mandarin

    I gotta make sure the shy fish aren't stressed too much when introduced. What you guys reckon???
     
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  3. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Howzit Pads,

    some general rules i have followed that have helped me in the past.

    Damsels go in last (chromis seem to be the least agressive so you may be able to add them sooner)

    I would add the copperband and manderin as late as possible as your pod population needs to be very strong to support these fish

    Tangs.... try adding the smallest fish first and the larger ones later

    Personally i would reccommend more that 2 goldies ..... 6 would be my min as they are schooling fish (That being said i kept 2 that were very happy for a long time)

    just my 2c
     
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    I'm with Neil on this one
     
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    Depending on your tank size, I will not put a Copperband and Mandarin in the same tank. Both are specialist feeders and both go for the pod population. Competing one another. If you can get the Copperband or Mandarin or both to accept frozen food, yeah maybe then.
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    good point, A good fuge with live rock and macro algae will provide plenty of pods as well esp if it can grevity feed into the DT;)
     
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    Thx :thumbup:
     
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    i agree with neil, but dare i say i have a mandarin and scooter blenny that eat pellets
     
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    Tangs are tricky.... i think i have been lucky with mine.... but the idea is that the smaller tang is in first, thus adapting to the reef and feeling comfortable ... the bigger one comes along, small one is too scared to take the big one on and the big one is in unfamiliar surroundings so doesnt nail the small one..... they get used to each other over a week or so.......thats the theory anyway
     
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    Agreed, in a 400l DT there isn't enough space. The mandarin also takes up less room that the CBB so there's space for another tang :whistling:

    If only it were the norm. Your mandarin and Neil's CBB(late) and pellets. Seriously confused. But healthy.

    Yeah finding a small tang that's healthy, its tricky. But I have to agree with you. I'd like to add both at similar times but I think the bio load shock might be a little too heavy, also need to QT for a while to ensure happy, ich free fish.
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i suggest starting with a Regal.... mine was very chilled out, i bought him at like 2.5cm long and they grow like mad, had him for 2 yrs odd and he was a good 18cm when he passed !
     
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    I'll add anything at this point. Been very patient, haven't added a fish since July 09
    The itch is bad, neeeeds to be scratched. Pref with a Regal or Naso.
     
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    I would go with 3x Anthias and 5x Chromis, odd numbers is always better ;)
     
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    Pads both sound good!! I put My 4 in a day apart Tommy,regal and a day later yellow and sail fin. 7 weeks later I put the naso. They are like sheep always eating together. They did not take notice of the naso. Only at night there is a bit tail slapping about sleeping arrangements. Sail fin seems to do most of it.
     
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    You might be onto something there.

    If I had the available capital to do that :1:
    Also I'm leaning towards a QT period to ensure the guys are ich free, but don't have 3 Tang space worth of QT. My current stock is without disease for 18months so I wanna try continue in this manner.

    You're idea does tempt me.
     
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