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Old 06-15-2007, 05:05 PM   #1
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how many fish for a 90


What would you consider an averge fish load for a 90 gal reeftank?
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:08 PM   #2
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1 inch of fish for every 5 gallons of water ...
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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If it were me I'd have about 5-6 small fish like clowns, wrasses, etc and one larger fish like a smaller tang, angel, rabbit, etc.
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:26 PM   #4
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I would not go by inches of fish per gallon of water and etc.

The ammount of fish you can have strongly depends on your skimmer's capabilities, filtration, kinds of fish you want to keep, and kinds of invertibrates you want to keep. Crowding can be an issue, so balance the ammount of large and small fish.

My advice would be to add fish slowly, make sure they are compadable with other fish and invertibrates, and make sure you filtration can handle the fish load. I am a strong believer in minmal fish loads in the reef tank but differt things work out for different systems.
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:28 PM   #5
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you can have as much fish as your filtration system can handle
but id say 15 small fish and 5 big fish would be a big bio load
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:10 PM   #6
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I have 6 big and 8 small. No problems here, I still want to add 1 flame and 3 mor chromis and im done.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:02 PM   #7
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it all depends on how often you wanna do water changes, your skimmer, and etc........ I have a 55 with a rather large bio load but I do water changes weekly by religion and I'm over skimming with a 200 gallon skimmer so it just depends on you and the system.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:41 PM   #8
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I currently have 6 fish on the smaller side so I guess one more wouldn't hurt to much.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:00 PM   #9
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How many # of rock?
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:04 PM   #10
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I would add several at a time when you start out especially if you think you might have territory issues. If you add the fish together they will probably get along much better then if you add fish 1 by 1
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I would think you would be ok slant! How many lbs of rock, what skimmer u using???? I have 8 in my 55 and it's ok. All of my parms stay right on check.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:58 PM   #12
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Somewhere around 130lbs of rock. I see it has only been 4 months sense my last fish purchase so I will waite a few more. On the plus side I should be getting a new light fixture soon so that should hold me over for awhile.
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:48 PM   #13
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Do you want corals and fish or FOWLR??

I have a 75 gal reef with 4 false pecula clowns a hepatus tang, marine beta and lawn-mower blenny. This tank has 100 lbs LR and sump filter, phos reactor, in sump UV sterilizer and pro-clear sump skimmer rated for 150 gal tank as well as won bros hob skimmer I had before sump was bought.

On the 125 gal FOWLR I have 5 green chromis, 4 yellow tail blue damsels, 5 black false peculas, 3 purple anthias, yellow tang, flame angel, bar gobie, royal gramma and lawn-mower blennie. This tank has lbs LR, 10 gal refrigium with mini pro-clear skimmer, in sump UV sterilizer and reef octopus skimmer rated for 300 gal tank.
The point I guess I'm trying to make is the number of fish depends of how good your filtration is as well as compatibility.

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Old 06-15-2007, 10:26 PM   #14
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I have a mixed reef going on. I currently have a pro clear skimmer 350 rated well above my reef it sucks but it is rated for allot more than 90 gallons. My current fish are purple fire fish, diamond goby, blue flasher wrasse, solar wrasse, false clown and neon goby. I also have a phos reactor and one with carbon. I'm sure I can add more with out a problem besides it looking like its to crowded. thanks for everyones input.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:49 PM   #15
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It really depends on the design of the system. I've had seven fish (three that I would consider "large") in my 58 gallon for about 6 months, with pretty minimal LR (around 60-70lbs), and I regularly keep SPS corals without problems. But, I've good flow, no sandbed, effective skimming, and perform very regular water changes, which removes wastes instead of capturing them in the substrate. With my tank design, I feel the limitations on fish goes with their attitudes and size compatibility with the tank instead of overloading the filtration.
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