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I just bought a Red Sea Max 130c for a complete bargain. Although the light system needs some attention rewiring to bypass circuit or a new timer other than that I got my tank for €180 (I am from Europe) that is $240 which an absolute bargain in my opinion. I may be making a tank build when I get all the stuff so I'll keep you posted. Other than that I need some suggestions on how to stock it. I had once a nano reef actually I think more like a micro reef 6 gallon cube which went an absolute disaster. I was only 12 years old and 6 years passed and ever since then I have been researching on how to keep marine fish and continuously read threads from all web pages and hopefully I am ready to have this tank thriving.

The fish I like most are the Dwarf Flame Angelfish (I know that it can nip on corals but I'll think I will take the risk), Clownfish pair, a Mandarin Fish (I am still thinking about this although I will be adding an additional 7 gallon refugium) and maybe some Bangaii cardinal fish or a school of chromis (3 -4)

Lets say in total of 8 - 9 fish. I know I am be pushing it but I am ready to make 25% water changes a week.

I need your Suggestions since I saw on You-Tube of the same tank which hosted 2 beautiful Tangs (I hope they were temporary).

Thanks and I hope I hear from you soon,
David a.k.a. Asred9
 

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A 30 tank should have no more than 4 or 5 small/mid-sized fish. A flame angelfish needs at least a 70 gallon tank. A mandarin needs a constant supply of copepods. You either need a several hundred gallon tank or you need to introduce copepods daily to keep a mandarin. The mandarin will slowly die of starvation if you get it with or without a refugium. If you start with a school or shoal of chromis, they will most likely kill each other off until only one or two are left.
 

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A 30 tank should have no more than 4 or 5 small/mid-sized fish. A flame angelfish needs at least a 70 gallon tank. A mandarin needs a constant supply of copepods. You either need a several hundred gallon tank or you need to introduce copepods daily to keep a mandarin. The mandarin will slowly die of starvation if you get it with or without a refugium. If you start with a school or shoal of chromis, they will most likely kill each other off until only one or two are left.
Ty for the prompt reply, I knew all along about the flame angel and the tank requirements with all the other fish which will end up with. These are some of my favorite fish so I would like some feedback from you guys. For instance I know gobies will do well but I need some ideas of you guys and even firefish but as every other reefer I would like that fish to be the master piece of the tank is the Flame angel but as you mentioned it is too small so pls give me ideas :)
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Good morning David. Looks like a great set up you found yourself for a bargain price.....good work! And sorry, but looks like Yrahcaz is right, 'too big, too small, too many, and probably not enough.' Though I have been keeping 3-green chromises in my 45g tank for 7 months now and have been playing well together. But I have heard they could develope a pecking order where it could turn bad. But my experience with them has been great. But as for a dwarf angel, I'm afraid it wouldn't work out in your' tank, just wouldn't be worth the stress on the fish, and the stress on you eventualy to see him in distress. But gobbies, and blennies with a small school of chromises or cardinal fish would make a wonderfull splash of color and motion in your' reef tank.
A firefish, or for a few bucks more a 'purple-firefish'.....you just couldn't invent a more colorful creation, a bit skidish at times, but mine never misses a meal, and loves roaming around the tank, but is the first to run when there's a sudden noise, or movement, but will be right back out when he knows it's safe. Fish that aren't as, shall we say 'flashy' but I would never have a tank again with out them are a green citron gobby, and a yellow watchman gobby....both quiet and sorta shy, but when they get used to you, they have a personality all their own. They're quiet back ground fish, but I love them. And for a mandarin, that's a tough one......I will try one eventialy when my 220g gets matured, as to where I just started cycling it a few weeks ago, and only when I gain the confidence I can keep him happy and flurishing. They are too beautiful not to have, but study long and hard and listen to other's wisdom.....lots of food, live food, and a mature tank that can supply that food on an on going bases. And the thing with a smaller tank, the concensus seems to be there's not enough room for a thriving population of pods to exist, but am not an expert by any means on this subject, so I wish you luck if it is possible. Paul B, seems to be the resident expert on keeping 'fussy-eaters' happy thriving and even breeding.....look at some of his threads.....a reef up and running for 40 years.....he's got some wisdom! Best of luck David, and wish you well.....and keep asking,
Dave
 

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Good morning David. Looks like a great set up you found yourself for a bargain price.....good work! And sorry, but looks like Yrahcaz is right, 'too big, too small, too many, and probably not enough.' Though I have been keeping 3-green chromises in my 45g tank for 7 months now and have been playing well together. But I have heard they could develope a pecking order where it could turn bad. But my experience with them has been great. But as for a dwarf angel, I'm afraid it wouldn't work out in your' tank, just wouldn't be worth the stress on the fish, and the stress on you eventualy to see him in distress. But gobbies, and blennies with a small school of chromises or cardinal fish would make a wonderfull splash of color and motion in your' reef tank.
A firefish, or for a few bucks more a 'purple-firefish'.....you just couldn't invent a more colorful creation, a bit skidish at times, but mine never misses a meal, and loves roaming around the tank, but is the first to run when there's a sudden noise, or movement, but will be right back out when he knows it's safe. Fish that aren't as, shall we say 'flashy' but I would never have a tank again with out them are a green citron gobby, and a yellow watchman gobby....both quiet and sorta shy, but when they get used to you, they have a personality all their own. They're quiet back ground fish, but I love them. And for a mandarin, that's a tough one......I will try one eventialy when my 220g gets matured, as to where I just started cycling it a few weeks ago, and only when I gain the confidence I can keep him happy and flurishing. They are too beautiful not to have, but study long and hard and listen to other's wisdom.....lots of food, live food, and a mature tank that can supply that food on an on going bases. And the thing with a smaller tank, the concensus seems to be there's not enough room for a thriving population of pods to exist, but am not an expert by any means on this subject, so I wish you luck if it is possible. Paul B, seems to be the resident expert on keeping 'fussy-eaters' happy thriving and even breeding.....look at some of his threads.....a reef up and running for 40 years.....he's got some wisdom! Best of luck David, and wish you well.....and keep asking,
Dave
Hi there thanks for the reply :)

I was thinking on going with this list then

Pair of Ocellaris Clownfish
1 Six Line Wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal
A pistol shrimp and goby pair
and a Longnose Hawkfish (I know that it may eat smaller fish or shrimp that is why I would consider adding it the last.

Other than that amount of fish come in total of 6 (excluding the inverts). So all suggestions are appreciated and taken into consideration :)

People who housed a Longnose Hawkfish I will be more than happy to see how the Longnose Hawkfish went with other fish and inverts.
 
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