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Stocking plan for 150 gallon cube

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I am trying to plan my fish stocking for my 150 gallon cube. Previously, my tanks have been 40gallon or smaller and I have only ever had a few fish max. I’m very new to the idea of planning and stocking in the correct order. Any insight/help is appreciated.

I DO plan to QT (prophylactically medicate and treat) as well as an observation period. I am in no hurry.

Proposed order of addition:

Bangaiis
Clowns
Solon and China wrasse
Purple tang
Copperband
Mandarin (assuming pods are plentiful)
Leopard (assuming pods are plentiful)
Potters Angel

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I’ve heard really bad things about China wrasses, a lot of people just can’t seem to get them to live. And the copperband can be difficult to get to eat so just be prepared to work with it for a while to hopefully get it to eat, this may include the use of live foods to entice it.

I’m assuming you’re going with a captive bred mandarin? They’re a little bit more expensive but they do better in aquaria and are more willing to accept frozen foods. I’d even say that you can probably put 2 mandarins in there (not 2 males though!) just cause your tank is so big.

I see you have sand but not really a sand stirring/dwelling fish. How are you planning to keep the sand clean? Fighting conchs?

The rest of your list looks good! I think you may be a little under stocked for a tank this big but always better to be understocked than overstocked. I hope your tank comes out just the way you’re imagining it will!
 
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I’ll do some more research on the China wrasse, my little girl is in love with them...but it’s just OK to me.

I’ve never owned a copperband, but I see that they can be a pain. I’m ok with this.

Yes, I’ll buy an aqua cultured mandarin. I was only planning one, as I know the leopard will eat pods also and I am concerned about keeping the pod population up as it is.

Good point about the sand sifters. I was planning to use a jawfish or two, but I’ve read so many stories about these fish putting sand everywhere you don’t want it (including in the powerheads). I do plan to clean the sand during water changes, but I need to look into this topic more.


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The watchman/yasha/hi fin/peppermint (basically the gobies that readily pair with pistol shrimp) don’t seem to do the sand throwing thing. Your tank is also a good candidate for fighting conchs, sand sifting stars, and sea cucumbers.

Check out Melanurus wrasses, I think they’re gorgeous. I’ve heard many reports of them doing flatworm control and being peaceful tank mates, the price also isn’t through the roof.

anyway, just some options to check out, I’m sure the stock list will turn out great! Make sure that lid fits tight because these wrasses will jump.
 
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