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    New tank fish choices

    I'm starting to look at the type of fish I want for my 38 gallon tank and I'm in a bit of a ponder. Several people have told me to start with damsels, most notably the yellow tail and one of the LSFs also suggested the Allen's Damsel. I've heard that they can be aggrisive to new tank mates though. I'm not talking about putting a ton of fish in my tank, but I am a bit worried about the few I put in after the first getting bullied. I've thought about a few (2 or 3) damsels, a ocellaris clown, and perhaps a few firefish gobys and/or a bi-color or lawnmower blenny. Thoughts... Suggestions... Are there any I need to add first, together, ect.. Also I don't want to add to many at a time, so I'm assuming no more than two or three at a time, with a total of three to four inches of fish per gallon. I'm just trying to get the most "bang" for my buck so to speak: fish health + looks + compatability...

    Also, I've heard that you can use fresh seafood, steam it a bit to kill of any baddies, and cut it real fine. Will the frozen bait shrimp (you know the ones in the white and green boxes) work, or should I spend a bit more to get the stuff over the counter? Thanks for any info.... Raymond

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    Re: New tank fish choices

    I know ppl with damsels and no issues. I would not get a true damsel myself. Check out the yellow watchmen goby and pistol shrimp pair. They're cool.

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    Re: New tank fish choices

    some damsels can be very aggressive like the domino seargen maor and the ones with similar bodies, the chromis types tend to be more peacfull , that being said I would lean twords a yellow tail blue, or a chromi species and you prob would want 6 and the size thank you got that would be like 80 % of your fish capacity, if its cycled already give some firefish a try you can get a bunch they school and they don't take up the same biospace as the chromis or most damsels would. 6 firefish a pair of clowns ( no tomato or maroon go with percula or seabae ) a yellow watchman , a lawnmower blenny, and probarly 2 anthias would be a good choice . you have to figure how the fish behave teritorily and the amount of waste each produces and their feeding habbits . the clowns probarly should be added last unless you add something more territorial. and donnt forget the anenome

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    Re: New tank fish choices

    I am not a fan of damsels, and in fact, if I could start all over again I would have only my clownfish, my royal gramma and my bangaii cardinal. I have found Damsels to be very aggressive, very territorial and big nippers of coral. I had one that tormented a lobo. And my tangs - well, if I could catch them they would also be back at the LFS. Both coral nippers...big eaters - too much for my liking.

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    Re: New tank fish choices

    Yeah, I'm kind of back and forth on the Damsels, though I've decided if I get any it will be the yellow tail. From what I've read they "appear" to be the "least aggrisive" of the lot. Unfortunatly Chris, I just don't like the cardinals. Nothing wrong with them, it's just personal taste. Diffenitely will get at least one, if not two, clowns and some firefish. And Jmann... yeah, I've thought about that pairing more than once... I think they'd be a neat addition. I'm going to a new (to me) LSF in the morning that is "supposed" to be good. I hope so, it's 50 miles away... Thanks guys. Raymond

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    Re: New tank fish choices

    Damsels tend to be mindlessly aggressive. I know. I scuba dive. Sharks, moray eels, turtles, huge grouper, barracuda are all rather shy. Mature damsel fish on a coral head will attack nearly anything without regard to size. I have been bitten by the pesky little guys many times (with no ill effects I might add). But a small peaceful fish in a reef tank could be picked on endlessly to their demise. Damsels are attractive, cheap, and very hardy. They just have that one drawback. Unless you want to keep them in a large tank with tough fish, I would forget it.
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    Re: New tank fish choices

    A 55 gallon tank may seem enormous, and it is a very big volume of water. A big tank like a 55 gal fish tanks is much more roomy, and this means you can start to think of your aquarium in terms of zones. Most fish have a specific area of the tank they prefer to inhabit and, that is where they spend most of their time.


 

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