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Old 06-10-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I've had a 29 gallon for about 2 years now, with many ups and downs. First I got 2 chromis in 08 which died a couple months ago, they died for an unknown reason. Then I got a clownfish pair who are still doing fine (got them in late 08) then I got a coral beauty who got crushed by a rock when my dad decided to clean the tank when I was gone, and then I got a sleeper goby who died of starvation only after I was told they need a larger tank. Now I'm left with two clownfish and some corals. My question is what fish can I get now? I want to get a dwarf angel, a sand sifting goby, and maybe 3 chromis. If that's overstocked, then I want to do a mandarin which I wouldn't mind buying pods for every month. What do you think? Here's a pic of my tank as of now:
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:31 PM   #2
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Chromis aren't really the right fish for that tank. They are schoolers and need more room to swim.

The dwarf angel is a pretty little fish, that probably would do well, but might quarel with the clowns a bit.

I have a pink/blue spotted goby which I love in my 29 Gallon BioCube. It's reef safe and gets along well with the two clowns that are in there.

It's easy to overstock a 29 gallon marine tank. They aren't like freshwater. 29 gallons of freshwater could have 20 fish in it but adding one more to yours is probably good.

That's my thoughts on it.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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Thanks I definitely want a centerpiece fish which will probably be a dwarf angel, most likely Flame or Lemonpeel. I'll have to check out that goby.
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Here's a photo of mine. His dorsal fin is down in this photo, but it is quite impressive when he flairs it.

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That's cool how is he on eating and sifting sand?
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:10 AM   #6
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Odd thing, when I was researching the fish, which I always do before buying, I read this species was not a sand sifting goby. However, he sifts sand like crazy so someone forgot to tell him!
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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I started with a 29 gallon......got larger tanks......and im back to a 29 gallon. My first tank, I added a huge refugium and it offered plenty of food for my scooter blenny, which is a dragonette. unfortunatly he jumped.....so it didnt matter. I think if you add a sump, your bio load can be increased....personally I would add a 10 gallon sump and an ATO. Hook up a nice octopus skimmer and you could hold just about anything you wanted. (within reason)
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:58 PM   #8
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I have a 10 gallon lying around, might make it a sump but not much room under the stand though, also might upgrade to a 75 gallon, I'm not sure if I'll be taking the 29 down though.
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There's no reason not to have two tanks!
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:05 PM   #10
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Just two?
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I had seven at one point...then my wife stepped in and said my study was looking like a fish store...
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:47 PM   #13
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Well...in her defense...she did say if I traded some of them in, I could get 1 large one instead...so...
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Don't settle for anything under 10,000 gallons.
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There's a Islamorada resturant here that has an 11,000 gallon tank...it's awesome! I would settle for, oh, a tenth that big.
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