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Marine Man Tom

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Marine Man Tom

Hi people today i lost one of my bicolour chromis as my fijian damsel has ripped it to shreds and eaten it, only to leave its small frail carcass behind, im getting rid of the fijian damsel tomorrow and taking it back to the shops, i intend to get a fish to replace it but what fish? in my tank at the momeent i have:

 

1 coral beauty

2 true perc clowns

1 bicolour chromis

(the fijian damsel is going tommorrow)

 

tank size:128litres - 32 us gallons

 

i was thinking of a six line wrasse, is that a good idea?

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Marine Man Tom

Oh but ive been living with that setup for quite some time and no levels on my readings have gone up whatsoever, is a six line wrasse a good idea?

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6 lines are wonderful. But get a small one about 1 inch is a good choice. If any bigger they are far more aggresive.

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KevKapawski

Either of these would be my choice:

Royal Grammar

Banngai cardinal

Blue Spot Jawfish

 

Also, 5 small fish in a 128ltr is not over stocked, ignore the old timers :)

 

Good Luck

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Damsels are aggressive by nature, yes (note that chromis and clownfish are in the same family). But I believe that the Fijian damsel was not the problem here, it was that your tank is (was) overcrowded. As you add more territorial fish, then the amount of territory they each can claim gets smaller, or one fish doesn't get any territory and it gets bounced around like a ping-pong ball until it gets stressed out and dies. I'm not surprised at all that this happened. I'm not trying to be mean, just honest.

 

If you really want to replace the damselfish with something else, then you could do the YWG, but remember that you're adding it to a tank with relatively aggressive fish already. You may have to help it establish itself by re-arranging your rockwork or something else.

 

Good luck

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Marine Man Tom

actually the chromis had the largest amount of the space in the whole tank, they were the first fish in there and held a large terriitory of 2 pretty big rocks and infact the fijian didnt really have a territory, the clowns arent aggresive towards anything they are just left well alone and they leave my other fish alone, the coral beauty is the most placide fish out of the lot, she just peacfully munches on algae, and we infact saw the fijian eating the remains of what she had done earlier...

 

will the ywg be affected by any of my fish? and i know that they sit on the bottom of the tank or on rocks but can they freely swim to the top to collect flake once every 2 days?

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animalmaster6

Hi! :)

 

I say get a Six Line. They are not the peacefullest fish so they would fit in your tank.

 

Imo it's not worth the risk getting a ywg. Your fish could bother it.

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cheryl jordan

Sometimes you have to be target feed when new. They do not for the most part swim in the water column. But they dig a burrow and hang out and give you dirty looks, frown. Having a pistol shrimp with them is pretty entertaining. Not a hard fish to keep and only shows aggression when someone is close to their burrow. :D

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Also, 5 small fish in a 128ltr is not over stocked, ignore the old timers :)

Umm... wrong! When one of those fish is a Coral Beauty that is definitely overstocked for 32g.

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Marine Man Tom

i have overall 10 and a half inches of fish in my tank i am allowed a stock of 15 inches a yellow watchman goby grows to 8cm MAX which is 3 inches so all together i will have 13 and a half inches still not stocked up? if none of my levels have gone up then the bioload is coping well...

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i read it on a saltwater specialised website and my lfs told me :D

Your LFS would probably tell you that you could put a Tang in a pico if it would get them a sale.

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OClownsandNanos
i have overall 10 and a half inches of fish in my tank i am allowed a stock of 15 inches a yellow watchman goby grows to 8cm MAX which is 3 inches so all together i will have 13 and a half inches still not stocked up? if none of my levels have gone up then the bioload is coping well...

 

So do you think that means instead of your current fish you could stock two full sized yellow tangs in your setup and they would be perfectly fine and live long lives in your tank?

 

You know you can't. You're using a really ridiculous "measurement" to justify wanting to put another fish in there. Sounds like you're going to do it anyway, so if you do have another problem with aggression just remember that ajmckay and the rest warned you. It's not just whether the biological filtration can handle it; stocking is also based on each fish's aggressiveness and territory needs.

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ihatesears18

you might have problems feeding the YWG with all of the other fish in there. Mine has to have food pretty much fall right in front of his face before he'll notice it. Your clowns will probably scoop up anything that might have floated his way. IMO don't add any more fish.

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