chunchma

Experienced Reefer
So I have a 58 gallon tank and now I have about 80 pounds of live rock.

So could I do 5 small-med fish and what about cleaner crew do they take up much real estate in a fish tank?
 

wyw

Experienced Reefer
What are you looking to do with the tank? Are you planning on having corals? If so, softies LPS or SPS or a mix? I'm not a fish expert but I bet they will also want to know what type of fish you are thinking of. Some are messy eaters others are not.
 

ChrisRD

Advanced Reefer
Location
Upstate NY
There are definitely combinations of 5 small-medium fish that will work in a tank that size. It's best to plan the fish list in advance. The above questions are good ones - what do you want to keep in this tank long-term (ie. what types of corals, inverts, etc.) as this will effect fish choices.

How long has the tank been setup?
 

chunchma

Experienced Reefer
I was thinking of some shrimps and not sure whatelse in the cleaner crew area. Fish I would like to keep a clown fish or a pair, sleeper head gobies, flame angel, Fridmani Pseudochromis.

Corals I am not sure about something that is good for begginers.

Any thoughts?
 

ChrisRD

Advanced Reefer
Location
Upstate NY
For a clean-up crew I prefer a variety of snails + the normal population of pods/worms/snails that come-in on the the live rock. Some like hermits as well, but I'm not a big fan (little troublemakers IME).

As for fish...

A pair of clowns and the P. fridmani (or a pair) are good, reef safe choices. Several types of clowns and the fridmanis are available captive raised and very hardy.

As for the sleeper gobies (Valenciennea genus) - I don't have first hand experience there (I generally avoid digging fish). One downside to any digging species is the mess they make getting sand on clams/corals in the lower parts of the aquarium. With the sleepers, however, they also have a reputation of being difficult to keep alive long-term as they can apparently starve once they've depleted the sand bed of infauna. Your best bet would probably be to look into another genus - there are a lot of great, reef safe gobies. If you're interested in shrimp (as mentioned), you might look into some of the gobies that live with a symbiont shrimp species.

Flame angels, as with most Centropyge angels are hit/miss with many corals, although there are some it probably would take no interest in (some soft corals come to mind). In general C. argi (Cherub Angel) and C. acanthrops (Flameback Angel) are considered the most reef safe of the dwarf angels.

As for aggression/compatibility with each other - I don't see any big problems with the group you're thinking of.

Some good beginners corals would include such soft corals as mushrooms, zoanthids, star polyps, etc. Not the easiest corals to get rid of later, however, if need be (do a search). :wink:

Anyway, that's my $0.02...HTH
 

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