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Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby Vilante » Tue 30 Jun, 2015 1:22 pm

I set up my tank this weekend and it will be 2 months before I can put the first fish in it, but it's got me thinking about what I can stock it with. I know there is a lot to think about so would like to start the discussion early and have a solid plan, realising I can only add a couple of things at a time. I can be patient if I try!

I'd like to keep it coral safe in-case I go that way in future.

I'd really like:

2 x Ocellaris Clownfish - who doesn't love nemo? Also, spent some time in the Philippines snorkeling and saw so many of them, so it is a great memory
Some colourful shrimp
Some crabs
Any other interesting invertebrates (I have read these don't tax the system like fish so you can add a few more of them?)

Now I really need Ideas for other fish. I know they can't be large things like tangs with only 200 litres, so I really want to be picky. My LFS has some lovely green chromis which I always thought I'd get, but since learning I can't have heaps of fish I think I should be really picky and get things that are kinda cool.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I like the bicolour angelfish but it's probably a bit big and can eat coral. The cardinal fish looks kinda cool. The dottyback is cool too.
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby natedog » Tue 30 Jun, 2015 6:02 pm

Marginal butterfly, bi colour blenny, royal gramma, black axil chromis, stocky anthia (very hardy, aggressive and beautiful!)
If you have a good skimmer and maybe ozone and or uv or some other water quality maintainer you could easy have all those fish :thumbsup:
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby Vilante » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 4:48 pm

Shouldn't I be looking for non aggressive Nate?

I won't be using a skimmer at this point :)

I was thinking a pistol shrimp and a goby to see if I can get them to pair up. That seems like a really cool thing.

There is so much to choose from but also so much incompatibility! Fun deciding though.
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby natedog » Thu 09 Jul, 2015 12:54 am

:thumbsup: Not necessarily. Though with shrimp it may be safer especially if they're pricey ones. And with no skimmer yeah light stocking is probably wise :thumbsup:
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby natedog » Thu 09 Jul, 2015 12:56 am

...and compatability is probably more about the order in which specimens are added.
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby Vilante » Fri 23 Oct, 2015 9:12 am

I'm back to this again having added my first set of fish just this week. So this is what I'm thinking now:

5 x Chromis - Already in
2 x Oscilaris clowns - End of November/early December
1 x Flame angel - New year
1 x Dotty back - Later again
1 x Green manderin - The dream sometime in the future
1 x Goby of some sort - Though we may be getting overstocked at this stage, so might have to forget the goby.

I will be adding an internal skimmer and some better lighting at the start of 2016 and have just added a chiller. I was trying to get away without it but no dice.

I haven't got a CUC yet and would like to pick up some turbo snails and possible a hermit this weekend. Would love to have a cleaner shrimp some day too. What else is good for cleanup that isn't too sensitive?

Any thoughts?
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Postby jlauria » Fri 23 Oct, 2015 3:12 pm

Hmm 5x Chromis...
Beware that over time you may be left with only 1.
(I.e., it's the highlander rule.... There can be only 1!)
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby natedog » Sat 24 Oct, 2015 12:47 am

In my opinion ozone and properly setup and selected uv is paramount to water clarity and quality.

Also forget the dottyback as nice as they may look. They are aggressive little *@×!+
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Postby chromus » Sat 24 Oct, 2015 9:08 am

Ozone and UV only really mask an issue, if your water isn't clear already you are missing something fundamental, whether it be bacterial or just plain need a water change.
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby natedog » Sat 24 Oct, 2015 11:02 am

I disagree. There are different levels of clear. I thought my water was clear til I setup the uv. As far as ozone is concerned, in a setup like mine with a heavy bioload it doesn't take long for the yellow tinge to colour the water. Ozone sorts that out quick smart. In a large tank with a small bioload I imagine your water clarity/quality would last a lot longer before intervention is required. Remember I only do 30L water changes (roughly 1/8) so that in itself isn't going to sort out any water quality issues. Just my 2c :thumbsup:
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Re: Standard low tech 4ft - Stocking list - Work in progress

Postby Vilante » Sat 24 Oct, 2015 11:18 am

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I didn't realise the dottyback was a bit agro. I also thought Chromis liked a group, they are happy so far, bar one that won't eat for some reason. Could be the start! See how they go :)
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