Friend wants to get into fish keeping

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by Hilo Bay, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Hilo Bay

    Hilo BayValued MemberMember

    Ok, so with my recent start up with aquariums I have peaked the interest of one of my friends. He wants to do saltwater (which I don't know much about) and I told him I would look into stocking options.

    His preferable tank size is 30-40 gallons and really likes the idea of having angelfish and tangs with smaller schooling fish.
    With my next to nothing knowledge of saltwater tanks I don't know what would so could anyone help me with a good stocking list for him? Thanks
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Bumping this up for you
  3. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    The main issue is that a 40 gallon aquarium would be too small for any tangs and a little bit too small for most angels. Maybe a Flame Angel or a Coral Beauty though.

  4. OP
    Hilo Bay

    Hilo BayValued MemberMember

    LiterallyHydro Ok, since my original post my friend has decided to go with smaller fish to avoid the problem you mentioned above. He now wants to go with as many smaller fish as he can with a pair of clown fish. Do you have any suggestions?

  5. UnkeptSpoon50Valued MemberMember

    Blue chromis, peaceful, look pretty, but are more expensive than their less attractive brother, The green chromis. Also, the green chromis believe it or not does not school very well. About 4-3 in a 40 gallon should be good. I would not put a flame angel in a 40 gallon though, get a bit too large, although other dwarf angels could suit you better. Beware that the clownfish are aggressive, especially if they are not percula or ocellaris, especially maroon.
  6. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    There are a huge selection of good nano fish for the aquarium.

    Clown Gobies, Watchman Gobies, Firefish, Royal Grammas, Neon Gobies, Ocellaris Clownfish, Clarkii Clownfish among many others.
  7. OP
    Hilo Bay

    Hilo BayValued MemberMember

    LiterallyHydro So with the suggestions you gave could you give us an example of a stock that you would feel comfortable putting in a 45 gallon?
  8. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

  9. OP
    Hilo Bay

    Hilo BayValued MemberMember

    Thank you
  10. OP
    Hilo Bay

    Hilo BayValued MemberMember

    So I ran these by my friend and he was wondering if this stock would work.
    1 Ocellaris clownfish
    1 six line wrasse
    1 yellow watchman goby
    2-3 blue/green chromis
    What do you think?
  11. UnkeptSpoon50Valued MemberMember

    I think skip the sixline, they are the spawn of Satan and will prevent you from getting a mandarin. As for chromis, get the blue kind as the green ones sometimes kill each other. Other than that, getting a pair of clowns is much more enjoyable.
  12. oscarmkValued MemberMember

    I think a 40 breeder would probably be ok for a pigmy angel or flameback angel, but the flame angel would probably not be happy. I have one in a 75 and I can't imagine him on anything smaller, they swim a LOT.
  13. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    A Six Line wrasse wouldn't be a bad addition, but they should definitely be the last fish added to the tank. They would likely not welcome newcomers.
  14. DarthMollyValued MemberMember

    This thread is a bit old but If you get a research the symbiotic relationship between yellow watchman gobies and pistol shrimp. Its pretty cool

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