Add the CUC as soon as you're cycled so they can get to work on the algae blooms that are sure to follow
I don't know how to thank you guys you literally answered all the questions I had. For CUC do you have any reccomendations as ive heard there are a few that you have to get back onto the right side lol. A six line wrasse looks beautiful so happy they can live in a 20 gallon. Do I need food for cleanup crew just in case if so what is it? also should I add them after a few weeks or before the wrasse?
Just a question ive seen people with clown pairs six line wrasses, firefish and a large CUC does that mean they are overstocked or is it ok for them because they have a 20 gallon long? Also what part of the CUC should I not introduce until the tank has been setup for a while as I'm not too sure One last question, how long should I wait to introduce them?You shouldn't introduce the detritus part of your CUC until they tanks been set up for a while. That will be like nassarius snails and fighting conchs. You can get the clown goby while the algae blooms are going. Just make sure your cycled. Stocking 2 clowns, 1 clown goby, and CUC sounds perfect. Another option instead of the clown goby, it acts the same but looks different is blue or green stripe goby. I would not add any fish to that.
Btw I'm planning on getting a 20 gallon but a cube so I was wondering if a cube can keep less fish due to its footprintA 20 gallon long is a lot bigger then a 13.5 gallon. I'm going to have a clown pair, six line wrasse, and I have a YWG and pistol shrimp pair. I have 3 snails, 2 hermits, and 2 emeralds crabs. I'm not overstocked as a 20 long has lots of footprint and I will have good nutrient export.
The CUC you have listed - 2 banded trochus, 1 scarlet legged hermit, and 1 emerald are all good to go in as soon as your cycled. Eventually once the tank has matured and you get detritus you'll want to add a detritus eater like nassarius snails or a fighting conch.
I was talking about like 2 clowns, a firefish, yellow watchman goby and a six line wrasse but it doesn't matter as I don't like my tank being heavily stocked I prefer how it looks and not to be looking around for fish lol - I think that my current setup plan is quite good for me as I have always wanted clowns ( I know they are quite common but the way they swim just makes me love them!) and also a yellow clown goby ever since I went to Germany and saw their marine tank displays.I would definitely not put a clown pair, 6 line wrasses, and firefish into 20 gallons, especially considering a lot of places recommend 30 gallons for both clowns and 6 line wrasses, you can keep them in 20, but I think that many fish is pushing it, also did you mean a single 6 line wrasse and a single firefish? Or was that multiple? I guess it would depend on the CUC members, if you're just talking about snails/hermits, you could add a bunch of those if you wanted to, but they would die off if there wasn't enough of a food supply for them.
Thanks a lot this is awesome! last time I wanted to setup a tank I planned out a wrong tank size and ran into many things I didn't know as I was just watching videos lol. I am really happy that this is all coming together how I planned with the perfect stocking! Honestly I couldn't have done it without you guysYes, cubes can prevent you from keeping certain fish, for example, I went with a Red Sea tank as opposed to a cube because I was interested in tangs, which really don't do great in cubes. You just need to do some research on what you'd like to keep, but a clown pair, gobies, and CUC will do fine in the 20 cube, and I think it sounds like a great beginner stock!
Awesome! Thanks for the advice. Ive been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time so I want to make sure I do it right and don't mess it upI think your supply list looks good. I would definitely get the refractometer, far more accurate than hydrometers. Make sure to get a digital thermometer, that will be most accurate as well, and I would actually get a Red Sea or salifert test kit instead of the API one.
Edit: I think a 20 cube will work out very nicely for you, and it looks like you know what you're doing. I'm thinking this tank is going to be very successful for you!
Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it. Can't wait till I get this tank up and running What should I use to cycle my tank? (preferably a bottled source rather than fish food as it will be a pain making sure all the pellets are out of the water)Red Sea Pro is what grantm91 swears by, I believe Nart uses Fritz? I use Instant Ocean reef crystals
I would not go with a hood. Just DIY a screen lid or order a kit. cheaper, and far better. A hood will limit gaseous exchange which is extremely important.
Get a refractometer. The cheap $20 ones on Amazon work just fine. You can use Ro/DI water to calibrate.
For the heater I'd highly highly highly recommend the Cobalt Neotherm 100 watt. I have it and LOVE it. Unobtrusive, no annoying calibration, always stays right on set temp.
Not the API test kit. If you're going to be spending the $30 $40 for the API master sw test kit get a salifert or red sea. I use the salifert and love them. Main ones are going to be nitrate, phosphate, and alk.
For a cube I know Nart will recommend the AI Prime lights. I would recommend them as well. Super good quality and with it you can grow any coral you want
Don't need seachem Prime or Stability. If anything I'd get something like Pods instead.
I'd get a quality digital as well. Don't get a cheap one. I got like a $3 one and after a month it was showing 20 degrees off. I got a nice one and never regretted it
Lol just to clarify I'm English and live in London but my family enjoys going there and other countries such as france and Switzerland by car. I am hoping to go there in February to get my tank as they have a wide range of tanks and good offers. I will probably buy my tank and a few other things there and bring it back by car.I used to use Fritz RPM salt. I now use Tropic Marin Pro salt. Made from Germany from your country.
Yeah, I'd get some live rock to seed the dry rock with, just be sure to check for pests, but if you're only bringing in a pound or two, it likely won't be a huge issue. Some people like to take live rock and dip it in water with a really high specific gravity, this can cause critters to crawl out of the rock.
If I got my fish from an lfs would I have to quarantine them as I don't have any spare tanks apart from a 3 gallon that used to be for my betta. Also I keep watching these youtube videos and they change my mind as 2o gallon longs look much nicer than the few cube setups however, I am not completely sure on which to get.