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Stocking a 30 Gallon FOWLR tank?

Question by Diver1070: Stocking a 30 Gallon FOWLR tank?
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Stocking a 30 gallon FOWLR tank?
I plan on starting up a 30 gallon FOWLR tank sometime this Fall. I was thinking about something along the lines of this:

A pair of Percula clowns
A Coral Beauty dwarf angelfish
A 3-4″ Fairy wrasse or Flasher wrasse
A goby or blenny of some kind (like a Canary Fang Blenny, Bicolor Blenny, or Shrimp Goby)
And either an Orchid or Sunrise Dottyback, or a Starcki Damsel

The clowns are non-negotiable, but the dottybacks aren’t. I know they can be real hellions, so a Starcki Damsel would easily replace them. For the others, any substitutes would be open to change.
I also know that the angel is pushing it in size, but all of what I have studied, including numerous reference books by authors I trust, tell me that a Coral Beauty will be fine for a 30 gallon.

The Starcki Damsel would replace the dottybacks easily and isn’t as aggressive as other damsels, so it would make a great substitute.

Also, would just a suitable power filter be enough with live rock, or would I need a protein skimmer as well?

Please, I am not an idiot and I am talking about setting up this tank, not that I have it going now. If you have a problem with the fish I have mentioned, any suggestions would be great.
I would like to know what others think of these stocking choices. I am only talking about six fish or less. I know that there are 15 gallon tanks with three fish with no problems. If this tank is overstocked, please suggest how to fix it.

Best answer:

Answer by Mike
How many times are you going to post this? It’s not even a question. It’s just a comment about you wanting a FOWLR tank. As your only question in the whole thing is about a filter being good enough or needing a Protein skimmer… That was well answered already the first time.

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Stocking a 30 gallon FOWLR tank?

Question by Diver1070: Stocking a 30 gallon FOWLR tank?
I plan on starting up a 30 gallon FOWLR tank sometime this Fall. I was thinking about something along the lines of this:

A pair of Percula clowns
A Coral Beauty dwarf angelfish
A 3-4″ Fairy wrasse or Flasher wrasse
A goby or blenny of some kind (like a Canary Fang Blenny, Bicolor Blenny, or Shrimp Goby)
And either an Orchid or Sunrise Dottyback, or a Starcki Damsel

The clowns are non-negotiable, but the dottybacks aren’t. I know they can be real hellions, so a Starcki Damsel would easily replace them. For the others, any substitutes would be open to change.

Also, would just a Marineland Emperor or Penguin filter be enough with live rock, or would I need a protein skimmer as well?

Best answer:

Answer by Mike
You really cant compare liver rock and filters to a skimmer. With a 30 gallon tank, the Skimmer is really not something worth having. Weekly water changes will keep organic waste down. 30 gallon tanks can normally only use mini skimmers and these are pieces of crap according to everyone that’s used them.

Personally, I’d never get a 30 gallon salt water tank unless I was getting a nano cube for a small reef tank which i do have a 12G. It would be so benificial to spend a little extra money and get a 55 gallon unless room is a unmanagable issue. This would give you the easy option to upgrade by adding a nice sump, good skimmer, then anything else you could want. With a good skimmer in a 55 gallon you could reduce your water changes. You can very easily find a 55 gallon tank on craigslist for less than it would cost to by a 30 gallon new. This would also make things easier later if you want to start letting your clowns breed. Most salt water tanks are advised to be atleast 45 gallons

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