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    Question stocking a 46 bowfront reef

    im just wondering about the maximum amount of fish i can put in a 46gallon bowfront.

    tank specs:
    46 gal bowfront
    70 lbs live rock(very porus fiji so not alot of water displacement. LFS lets you hand pick )
    75lbs (4 inches) carib sea aragonite
    double flourescent strip (upgrading soon to pc)
    rena filstar xp3 and 2 powerheads on timers

    i plan to add small fish like red lipped blenny, bicolor blenny, firefish, mandarin (in a year or so), 2 percs, 6 line wrasse, yellow tang. maybe not all of these fish. maybe somthing different. my lfs told me i can keep most of these fish plus add 3 baby yellow tangs. i thought this was too much. keep in mind that all of these fish are going to be added over a year or so. also im buying them less than 2 inches in size. i know they will grow but im expecting the bioload will grow slow as well. just wondering if anyone will please give me some advice.
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    any other comments would be greatly appreciated too. thanks

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    I'd go with no more than five small fish in total.

    Do some research on the Blennies, they may not get along together.

    The firefish, percs, and six-line are all good choices.

    I'd stay away from the Mandarin unless you add a refugium, as he may very well starve. I also wouldn't keep Tangs (even if you get them small) in anything less than a 75 gallon.

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    thanks zoo..is there any other kind of medium sized fish i can add besides yellow tangs? id really like to have a main attraction. what about a pair of maroons? coral beauty? somthing with color. i'm so peed off! i could have bought a 72 bowfront for an extra $300, and now im paying the price. :mad2:

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    How about bangai cardinal, yellow wrasses, clown goby, flame angle, Royal Gramma.....
    90G bb mixed reef set up in April 2005. I had 40g mixed reef for one year before that

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    i thought i read somewhere that yellow tangs are happy in a 40 gal. mines a 46

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    now i dont want to bend the rules, and i dont doubt that zoo knows his stuff, i just really want a tang:grr:

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    I've seen people put yellow tangs in a 33 gallon tank before,with no problems at all.

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    now thats what i need to hear!! udaman!! keep it in the short grass:bounce:

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    There's been a very active discussion over on RC about tank sizes for tangs. The prevailing view is that Tangs need at least a 75G tank but preferably a 120G (or even larger with 5'-6' or more of length). The trouble isn't bioload but territoriality and the Tang's need for swimming room. I know some people keep them in smaller tanks, but it doesn't seem to be a good idea. They tend to stay small in the small tank but that is likely due to stunted growth, not a healthy situation.

    In terms of other fish, I've got a slightly smaller tank than yours (29G) and looked hard at clowns, dwarf angels (I'll likely be getting a cherub angel), yellow assessor, flame hawk, various gobies, Fridmani Pseudochromis, blue-green reef chromis. and some of the ones mentioned above. If my tank were in your range, I'd probably have opted for two Clarki clowns plus 3 other small fish, the choice depending on whether I was going to keep shrimp and what type of corrals I was interested in.

    Good luck with your planning.
    Nick

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