Planning a new tank, something a bit different...

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After some further research, I think the maze corals are actually Leptoria phrygia.
Maze corals don't seem too common in the shops I frequent - I'll have to do some more googling!
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OK, after reviewing my underwater videos for some possible cameos, and doing some research into the requirements of various species of fish and corals (plus what is actually available to buy), I am working toward the following options:
(1)   Pair or group of Amphiprion clarkii in a bubble-tip anemone.
(2)   Small shoal of 6 Chromis fieldi (or failing that, C.viridis) in a large clump of Stylophora pistillata
(3)   Boulder of Porites including Christmas-tree worms, a clam, and some Eviota micro-gobies
(4)   Pistol shrimp and pair of gobies (I have these already in another tank, but the species are good for the Maldives and I did see some)
(5)   Valentini puffer-fish
Obviously I can’t have all of these in a tank that’s around 240 litres; but perhaps I could have 3 of the options?
Some of the other things I liked have been struck from the list because of size, imposibility of getting them, or difficulty of maintenance.

Any thoughts?
Cheers.
Paul
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Reply #32

1 and 2 for me. I would leave your gobys were they are
Not sure Christmas tree worms are easy to come by and easy to keep.

Some purple and pink stylo with the chromis will look stunning.

Valentini puffer could be a option


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Reply #33

Porites with Xmas worms is my all time favourite coral.

Mol isn’t your average fish keeper. I’ve been to his house! If anyone has a good chance of keeping one successfully it’s you.

Good luck if you do get one. I saw one or two in Oasis a while back. Maybe call them and ask.
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Reply #34

Thanks Tim and Mike :)

Here are 3 video stills of a group of chocolate-dip Chromis (C.fieldi) on a green branching coral. Sorry for the quality! If I can source this species of fish, I'd prefer it to C.viridis.

Any thoughts on the coral ID? It appeared to be rapidly recolonising dead parts of the reef, always the same green colour. Probably an acro or monti? A clump of this could be an option for my tank too.

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Reply #35

Possibly the green branching coral is Acropora divaricata?

Incidentally I decided against Anthias, they're a bit big and fussy. But I did see beautiful big shoals of them; mostly females and just a few males.
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Reply #36

Great pics of the anthias, and what a stunning blue gradient in the background in the bottom pic as well. I quite fancy having something like that as my next tank background instead of the normal blackboard paint.

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Thanks Andy - the Anthias look even better on the original video. I like the blue transition background too - I had something similar on my 120L reef tank and it looked great (when clean) - gave a real feeling of space.
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Reply #38

What’s put you off anthias Paul? Is it the feeding because I feed my tank twice in the evening and my wreck fish are doing great. There not as cheap as chromis though.


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What’s put you off anthias Paul? Is it the feeding because I feed my tank twice in the evening and my wreck fish are doing great. There not as cheap as chromis though.
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I didn't think my new tank would be big enough for such active swimmers. The system volume is about 250 litres but the tank is only 900mm long. I thought that would be enough for a reasonable shoal of Chromis but not for Anthias. Perhaps I am wrong - it may be too small for both options!

My tank's lucky to get fed 5 days each week, let alone more than once daily. Every fortnight it has to go 4 days between feedings.
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Reply #40

They tend to hang out in the middle or on the left, there not as active swimmers as tangs or angels.
I would stick with chromis then. Anthias might struggle with a four day break.


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Reply #41

This is the sort of thing I'm envisaging - an outcrop of corals with maybe 3-4 species but one or two good clumps of each. In this example half the corals are dead, which obviously isn't what I'm aiming for. But the mix of Porites boulders, Stylophora clumps, and a spreading branching coral (possibly Montipora hirsuta) could work well. If I'm going for the clowns then I'll have to find space for a 'nem as well.
Many of the Porites boulders I saw had clams wedged in them, so it's tempting to include one of them.

Colour-wise, I saw Porites in shades of yellow and brown, also in shades of blue and purple.
The Stylophora were in many shades of green, brown and pale pink.
The branching coral was either green or brown.
I may not have all these choices available to me; hopefully I can put together a combination that doesn't clash too badly!

Fish-wise, I think a shoal of 5 chocolate-dip Chromis, a pair of Clarkii clowns, and a valentini puffer would work. They're all reasonably small.

I saw some little dash-dot goatfish in the LFS today, not much bigger than a Corydoras. So cute, but I mustn't consider them - they get really big!



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Reply #42

Hi Paul
Are your plans any further along?


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Reply #43

Hi Tim,
Sorry, thus far circumstances have got the better of me. I seem to be more busy and have less money than I did last year. Wish I could find the time and resources to take this forward but it’s lookimg unlikely at present.
Cheers,
Paul

Hi Paul
Are your plans any further along?


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Reply #44

No worries


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