Starting A 32 Gallon Tank Need Help

Ankers

So I’m getting a 40 gallon freshwater tank and am getting rid of my ten gallon so I decided to get a 32 gallon fusion tank cubed. How does this sound for stocking

2 ocellaris
1 hermit crab
1 cleaner shrimp

Now I want a seahorse and an anemone but don’t know if they’re compatible. Also I want to have all captive bred animals except for corals and anemones. So what seashores could I get for the tanksize and what anemone would be good for the clownfish and safe for the seahorse
 

stella1979

Your stocking sounds great! I'm very excited to see a new nice sized cube tank get set up. Congrats!

Mmmm, except for the seahorse.... I'm sorry. They are notoriously hard to feed, particularly so in a new tank. But, maybe you know this already? Look closely at the diet requirements of course, but I think you need a very high copepod population for seahorses, as they literally eat all day. Food needs to be in a high concentration in the tank too, as they aren't really hunters, so.... Usually beginners starting with seahorses for for the dwarf varieties and house them in smaller tanks. It's much easier to feed them in a set up like that. That's not to say your 32g could never host a seahorse. It's just something to put a lot of thought into, as it will probably require a lot of work.

As for the anemone, it is photosynthetic like corals. Were you planning on making this a reef tank? Anemones should not be added to a very new tank, but are ok to add after all the kinks get worked out. So, when diatom/algae blooms are through and parameters are stable in the desired ranges. Usually in the first few months.
 

Ankers

Okay great so no seahorse. So what fish could I get that are captive bred and can be kept in a 32 gallon cubed
 

Ankers

How would a radial filefish do
 

stella1979

I would look further into it but I do see LiveAquaria listing that fish as needing 30 gallon minimum. I think you are looking at ORA fish there, yes? Also, do you think you want a reef tank, with corals? Some filefish will irritate or eat softer corals, so you would have to be cautious. But, they are also known to eat aiptasia, a very common reef tank pest anemone, so some reefers do still like to give them a try.

ORA is a really great organization that runs right here in my home state. They do sell to LFS's across the country and even internationally. You might look at their site or contact them to see if you can get a currently breeding list, and get help finding your local dealers. ORA does not sell to the consumer, but I think if you could find a good local seller, you could probably do special orders through them. I don't know how much you might find in the winter though. You might see them have a lot more to offer at certain times of the year I think.
 

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