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I have a 180g mixed reef tank that I want to add more fish to over time.  I am looking for suggestions on good peaceful reef safe citizens that are active swimmers.  I travel some so today I feed primarily pellets via an automatic feeder.  On weekends I will feed brine shrimp on occasion.   I can add add another feeder with flake food if needed.  Most of my trips are only a day or two so if I needed to feed nori or something else every couple of days that is fine as well.

 

My current inhabitants are as follows:

 

2 True Percula Clowns

2 Royal Grammas

1 Swallow tail angel

1 pistol shrimp

1 RTBA

various CUC including scarlet legs hermits and emerald crabs

 

My tank is not stuffed completely full with rock so I have room for larger fish as well that need swimming room.   I would ultimately like a Blonde Naso and blue tang for sure.  The tank is covered so a couple of various wrasses would be fine as well.  I like the Melanurus Wrasse.  Some type of schooling fish would be nice as well.

 

I don't mind starting with smaller fish and letting them grow up either, in fact it is my preference to buy smaller fish.  I have a Vertex Alpha 200 skimmer so it should be able to handle a good bioload

 

So that said I would really like some advice for stocking the tank and if possible the order to add the fish to help insure compatibility and success. 

 

Thanks

Brad

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drauka   

Well the Naso and Tang will be your last 2 in more than likely.  naso's are know to be a bit nasty.  I will let people with more experience talk about those.  

 

The Melanurus is a nice fish... I liked mine.  he was calm and was out a lot after he settled in.  typically a sand sleeper but you have that covered.  They are good pest eaters and mine hunted a good bit.  You could add one right away.

 

Most of your schooling fish I would recommend caution for varying reasons-

 

Chromis - uromenea being the main reason.  Also when I have tried to keep a school they have always picked each other off till there was one.

 

Anthias -  feed 2 -3 times daily.  Your setup is otherwise adequate for a nice little school.   Mine adapted to eating pellets so the are a possibility if you feel like you could add some feedings.  Most also do better in cooler tanks.  

 

I'm partial to Dragonets and Mandarins.  I am sure you could easily handle 1 in your tank currently but it would make wrasse decisions tougher since most wrasses are big pod hunters too and much faster than the mandarins and dragonets.

 

A pair of Bangai Cardnials are nice but I have yet to see one really eat anything but frozen and they aren't active swimmers really.

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TrentN   

Acanthurus tennenti (Lieutenant Tang) a gorgeous 10" tang when full grown, that requires a 180g. And it meets all your requirements.

One Spot or Magnificent Foxface. Eould be 2 others.

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drauka   

the whole poison spines thing kind of makes me not want a foxface in any tank where my hands and arms might be in.   They are pretty fish though, and do fit the bill.

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drauka   

Midas blenny -  another gorgeous fish that would probably do well for you without changing any of your patterns 

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TrentN   

Tangs. they have an extremely sharp barb on their tails. The name Surgonfish come from the fact that sailors used catgut or some other method to attach the barb to a pipe stem, and used them to preform surgery. Also when a tang gets frightened or feels threatened they swipe their tails at the offender. They have been known to tear up attackers or unwary people with their tail barbs, especially the Prionurus family that have 3 or more on each side.

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Mydraal   

I started out keeping my fish load to a minimum but after adding several I'm glad I did. Just seems like even more stuff is going on to look at :). I like wrasses myself and there's several very colorful ones you can get that will get along peacefully. You got to get at least 1 blenny- Midas, Lawnmower, or Starry. They just have neat personalities and are helpful keeping algae in check.

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I like wrasses and blennies as well. Some others have mentioned several but not the bicolor blenny and the six line wrasse. The six line stays pretty small is an active hunter and has super personality. I just like the bi color blenny, no experience but I think would be similar to the lawnmower.

I have had foxfaces in the past and never had one show aggression toward me. You could probably do a fox face with the two listed tangs pretty easy. You probably don't want bangaiis because they will not eat prepared dry food. Mine eat mysis, mysis and more mysis.

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Bigdog   

Oh when dud you get a 180?

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I have always had a 180. That is what I started with when I got into saltwater.

Thanks all. This is a great list to start working with. I will put together a list and post back to make sure everyone will get along.

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I have a 180g mixed reef tank that I want to add more fish to over time. I am looking for suggestions on good peaceful reef safe citizens that are active swimmers. I travel some so today I feed primarily pellets via an automatic feeder. On weekends I will feed brine shrimp on occasion. I can add add another feeder with flake food if needed. Most of my trips are only a day or two so if I needed to feed nori or something else every couple of days that is fine as well.

My current inhabitants are as follows:

2 True Percula Clowns

2 Royal Grammas

1 Swallow tail angel

1 pistol shrimp

1 RTBA

various CUC including scarlet legs hermits and emerald crabs

My tank is not stuffed completely full with rock so I have room for larger fish as well that need swimming room. I would ultimately like a Blonde Naso and blue tang for sure. The tank is covered so a couple of various wrasses would be fine as well. I like the Melanurus Wrasse. Some type of schooling fish would be nice as well.

I don't mind starting with smaller fish and letting them grow up either, in fact it is my preference to buy smaller fish. I have a Vertex Alpha 200 skimmer so it should be able to handle a good bioload

So that said I would really like some advice for stocking the tank and if possible the order to add the fish to help insure compatibility and success.

Thanks

Brad

Tangs, not 1, not 2, not 3.....

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TrentN   

I love tangs. I'm trying to talk the wife into a luteintent, orangesholder, convict, and a clown tang for the 180.

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Love a chevron tang, but dang that price.

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If you'd like a large schooling fish, I highly recommend Silver Mono (Mono Argentus).  They are one of the few fish that I have seen that actually school, and are completely peaceful with other tank mates.  They will nip at each other, so you'd need to keep several to "share the pain."  You're welcome to swing by and check mine out if you'd like. 

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