Stocking list!

Well, the planning for the 65g is well underway.  This is my first tank after the learning curve has tapered off a bit and I’m bound and determined to do it right.

Here is the tentative livestock list, with adjustments sure to follow as I learn that Species A gets along fine with Species B but when Species C is added they form some sort of massive fish Transformer with dinosaurs for hands and procede to beat the snot out of Species D through Z.

Technically a picture of mud should go here.  But mud isn't nearly as cute as clownfish.  Aren't they cute?  Kitchy-kitchy oggety-boogie boo.

Technically a picture of mud should go here. But mud isn't nearly as cute as clownfish. Aren't they cute? Kitchy-kitchy oggeddy-boogie boo.

Refugium Mud

How weird is it that I’m excited about having an aquarium under an aquarium?  Very.  Moving on…  The refugium will be seeded with GARF Grunge, a product available from the Geothermal Aquaculture Research Foundation.  While GARF has the most horrific and counterintuitive website design in all of Fishendom, their products are highly recommended and their commitment to aquaculture and the preservation (not conservation – they want us out) of the reefs borders on a raw, passionate, necessary insanity.

Live Rock

On the recommendation of Matt, an acquaintance who works at my LFS, the live rock will be Bima live rock from Blue Zoo Aquatics.  The tank will have 55lbs of live rock and 50lbs of “reef bones,” or live rock that has since died from disuse, inattention, or being left out of a drained aquarium.  I’ve been collecting the latter from stores and off of Craigslist for the last three months or so with the intention of reseeding it and bringing it back to “life.”  Ah, semi-arbitrary word quotations, how did we ever get along without you?  Anyhow, live rock is extremely important and will get its own post another day.

A new species of hybrid fish, the Indigo Dottyback is infuriating because it comes in a wide range of color options but neither "indigo" not "dottyback" appear to be included in these.

A new species of hybrid fish, the Indigo Dottyback is slightly confusing for hobbyists since it comes in a wide range of color options but neither "indigo" not "dottyback" are included in these.

Aquacultured Livestock

The aquacultured livestock list (excepting cleanup crew and coral) includes the following:

  • 2 (maybe 4) False Percula Clownfish (ORA)
  • 4 Neon Gobies (ORA)
  • 1 Indigo Dottyback (ORA)

Now, clownfish should never be kept together unless they are a mated pair, as there is a high risk of aggression.  However, if you get them as itty-bitty tiny fish – ideally, siblings – this reduces competition and they can share the same general territory.  There are some tradeoffs, including the likelihood of brother-sister-six-eyed-baby action, and even if you do get them young there is no guarantee that they won’t kill each other out of spite.  So I will almost certainly stick with only two of the things but, oh, how I’d dearly love to have four cheerful little clownfish in their own inbred backwater slackjawed trailer park.  What?  It’s not like their babies aren’t eaten by the crabs anyway.

Wild-Caught Livestock

The wild-caught livestock list (excepting cleanup crew and coral) is a little trickier.  I’ll be doing my purchasing of wild-caught fish through Saltwaterfish.com, which has a bit of a price markup but does net catching and has a strong conservation policy and never uses cyanide.

The Blackcap Basslet.  Lovely colors with extra cap-ness.  Left out of the tank because we still aren't sure he won't kill us in our sleep.

The Blackcap Basslet. Lovely colors with extra cap-ness. Left out of the tank because we have no proof he won't kill us in our sleep.

  • 2 Purple Queen Anthias (2 females, then 1 female, 1 male… eventually).
  • 2 Mandarin gobies (1 male, 1 female).
  • Copperband butterfly
  • Mister Smithers (broken back permitting).
  • Purple tang

This list will likely go through a lot of changes.  For instance,  I’d really like a purple tang but  I recoil at the idea of paying $139 for one fish.  I want to keep a clam, which means that the Copperband butterfly might have to be removed.  There was a Blackcap Basslet on this list but he can’t be kept with other Dottybacks.  They also don’t really know a lot about the Blackcap Basslet yet, and he lives at depths of 100 feet or more.  We just don’t know enough about this reclusive little fellow yet to safely add him to any tanks, and since my 65g tank is set up to mimic 20 feet below sea level, it would be too light and too little water weight for him… but oh, so pretty and purple!

Oh, and all of the livestock might change based on what types of coral I put in the tank.  I could get a clam and swap out the Copperband for some angelfish, but then I couldn’t keep some corals…

More research is needed!

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~ by KBSpangler on March 13, 2009.

One Response to “Stocking list!”

  1. […] about the fish… there might be some revisionist history to the stocking list.  The Pacific Reef at the National Aquarium had numerous healthy, happy blackcap basslets that […]

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