Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > New to the Hobby
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 04/12/2018, 01:40 PM   #1
spivee
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 5
New to the Game - Fish Advice

Looking for advice on fish for my 55gallon mixed tank; fish and softies, LPS. Currently two OC Clowns, two Banggai Cardinals and a Midas Blenny along with cleanup crew. Want to add one or two more fish total. At least one good display fish.

Would love some advice/suggestions. I'd considered a hawkfish, but concerned about my inverts and shrimp, not to mention my corals.

Was considering a yellow tang, but worried about the size of the tank and agression. Also considering something like a fairy wrasse. Probably wouldn't do both of these; one or the other. If I did the tang, I'd think maybe something like a six line for the second fish.

More in-depth on my tank below:

I have a 55 gallon mixed tank I've had running since early January 2018. It's got about a 1.5" live sand bed and 50lbs of live rock. I put my first fish in mid February, two juvenile OC clowns. I also added some inverts; various hermits, snails, and an emerald crab. I also added a hammer coral and a short tentacled plate. I added two juvenile banggai cardinals and an adult midas blenny mid march as well as a few more corals (torch, colt, trumpet, acropora, and another plate).

Parameters have been good. I test regularly and do water changes pretty much weekly. I had a small snail die-off in march, but they're doing better now. I lost a miniature frogspawn, but everything else is doing well. The tank is pretty open with a good amount of swimming room for the fish.


Attached Images
File Type: jpg Aquarium-1 03-21-2018_sm.jpg (40.9 KB, 32 views)
spivee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 01:44 AM   #2
Abstract3000
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 50
A couple awesome fish to add that should do Ok with adequate hiding spots would be a Royal Gramma & Six Line Wrasse, both very docile, colorful, hardy, reef safe fish that require nothing more than daily feeding. Just keep in mind if you get the six line to do a little research in the future if you decide to add another wrasse.


Abstract3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 07:26 AM   #3
nereefpat
Registered Member
 
nereefpat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central Nebraska
Posts: 2,662
Hawkfish are great. Absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to corals. Shrimp may be eaten, but probably not. Lots of people successfully keep them with shrimp. The flame and longnose are the most popular.

The yellow tang, or any other species of tang, won't work because of tank size, as you mentioned.

A fairy wrasse is a great suggestion. You will want to think about covering the tank some how.

Six line wrasses always make the list of things people wish they wouldn't have added to the tank. Especially in a 55, it will become a problem.

The royal gramma is a good suggestion though.


__________________
Pat

Current Tank Info: 125 in-wall , 40b sump. 6 bulb T5. ASM G2 skimmer. LPS and leathers
nereefpat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 09:21 AM   #4
sde1500
Registered Member
 
sde1500's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Glocester, RI
Posts: 3,082
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abstract3000 View Post
Six Line Wrasse, both very docile,
Docile is not typically the word used to describe a 6 line


I'd nix the yellow tang idea, too small. A couple fairy or flasher wrasses would be perfect. There are numerous colorful smaller ones and they tend to be peaceful.


__________________
My build thread:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2548422

Current Tank Info: 65 gallon mixed reef, Eshopps sump and HOB overflow, RO-110int skimmer, Reefbreeder 32" photons V1.
sde1500 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 10:12 AM   #5
spivee
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 5
Thanks for the advice. My wife loves the Royal Gramma. Thanks for that suggestion. Definitely going there.

Will stay away from the Tang. Think I knew the answer before I asked, but needed somebody else to shoot it down.

Do you think it would be a problem to put in something like a Yellow Coris Wrasse and a Fairy/Flasher Wrasse in this size of tank? I want the yellow, wife likes the fish in the attached pic.(Trying to find out what kind that is. I know it's a wrasse of some kind.)

Might be willing to do three more fish (including the RG) if they're compatible. I know fish are often aggressive to similar fish, plus, they're both bigger. Don't want to stress these guys, my existing fish, or tank too much.


Attached Images
File Type: jpg 29270_400wh.jpg (26.6 KB, 13 views)
spivee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 10:33 AM   #6
FoxFace Fish
Registered Member
 
FoxFace Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 407
Mccoskers flasher wrasse I love them nice and peaceful and fits a 55 gallon perfectly


__________________
FoxFace RabbitFish For Life
Everyone in this hobby has made a mistake at least once. Be smart and learn from others mistakes

Current Tank Info: Reason I am broke as a joke
FoxFace Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 10:33 AM   #7
Cliving1
Registered Member
 
Cliving1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1,696
Skip the coris, you already have a yellow fish. I would do a wrasse and dwarf angel and call it a day


Cliving1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 10:38 AM   #8
nereefpat
Registered Member
 
nereefpat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central Nebraska
Posts: 2,662
Gramma it is then.

I would pick one of the wrasses. You're starting to get a big list of fishes for a 55. The wrasse you pictured is a fairy wrasse of some kind. Definitely Cirrhilabrus genus...not sure of the specific.


__________________
Pat

Current Tank Info: 125 in-wall , 40b sump. 6 bulb T5. ASM G2 skimmer. LPS and leathers
nereefpat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 10:38 AM   #9
ssky
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 114
IMO, royal gramma and flasher wrasse. Remember, royal gramma is not a swimmer. Will stay close to the rocks and dart in out. Flasher on the other hand will be swimming all over the place.


ssky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 10:40 AM   #10
FoxFace Fish
Registered Member
 
FoxFace Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 407
i have both a royal Gramma and the flasher wrasse i mentioned and they are buds i always see them "playing" the wrasse actually protects the gramma from my damsel if it gets out of hand and besides the fox face the gramma and wrasse are my favorite fish without a doubt


__________________
FoxFace RabbitFish For Life
Everyone in this hobby has made a mistake at least once. Be smart and learn from others mistakes

Current Tank Info: Reason I am broke as a joke
FoxFace Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 04:10 PM   #11
spivee
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 5
Thanks for all the suggestions. Definitely going to go for the Royal Gramma and one of the Wrasses. Will just have to see what I can find at the local LFS'. I just think (as nereefpat says above) that I need to avoid overcrowding the tank.

Really want to try to get something a bit flashy/active for the last fish. The clowns are nice, but they basically just hang out in one spot, same as the Banggai. The Blenny hides on his spot in the rock or lays against my overflow grate. He's got great character, but isn't too visible.

Appreciate all the help. You guys are awesome!


spivee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/13/2018, 04:15 PM   #12
Bent
I got nothin'
 
Bent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The anals
Posts: 6,398
I had 20 porcelain crabs.

I added a flame hawk.

I have 0 porcelain crabs.


__________________
Quitters never lose.

[QUOTE=CStrickland]Who gets mad at a starfish?[/QUOTE]

Current Tank Info: 75g DT, 30G refugium, 10g chaeto tank, 50g stock tank basement sump
Bent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/18/2018, 11:14 AM   #13
spivee
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 5
Just a quick update.I did get a Royal Gramma. Crawled into a hole and didn't come out for two days as far as I could tell. Not even to eat. Doing well now though. Teamed up with my Midas Blenny. Lots of character. likes to swim at a 45 degree angle which thew us for a day or two, but eats well, swims around a lot. Seems happy. Thanks for that suggestion.

Still haven't found a wrasse I want. LFS have very few wrasse. No rush. Going to wait to get what I want.


spivee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/18/2018, 03:38 PM   #14
devimik
Registered Member
 
devimik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: KC, KS
Posts: 607
Royal Grammas can be shy at first, but usually stay out after they acclimate. Very cool and precise swimmers. The Wrasse pic you posted looks like a Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse, but those and others with the same body shape get about 5" and usually need a 75-90g tank. I agree with McCoskers Flasher, or any Flasher Wrasse would be good. Also the Mystery Wrasse if you can find one are cool.


__________________
Mike D

Coral Beauty, Green Filefish, One Spot Foxface, Springeri Dottyback, 2 Ocellaris Clowns, Yellow Watchman Goby, Mimic Valentini Puffer, Flame Hawkfish, Reef Butterfly, Spotted Mandarin

Current Tank Info: 90g Softie Reef, 150# live rock, 30g sump w/refugium, Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO, Octopus NWB 150 Skimmer, Mag 950 return, Maxspect 120w Razor 10K LED light X2, BRS Phosphate Reactor; Apex Lite
devimik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/24/2018, 12:20 AM   #15
bangthuy001
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 10
i have some fishs. and i want to have a fish devices for them !


bangthuy001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:25 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.