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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-20-2014, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hierarchy of Introducing Tankmates?

Hello! I have finally felt comfortable enough with my setup (29g show tank, 5 months old, FOWLR, crushed coral subst., 25lb live rock, skimmer, 1 T5 HO 10,000k & 1 Actinic) to shift my tank stock from the yellowtail damsel towards something less aggressive...
I was thinking of having an oscellaris clown paired with a red or purple firefish goby, as well as adding two peppermint shrimp to the existing pair of scarlet skunk cleaners.
I was looking through all the posts of this forum as well as the Beginners' forum for territory concerns and adding new fish; I can't find anything regarding an order in which to add them to the tank, since the existing fish will be removed and taken to my LFS.
Should I do shrimp, goby, clown? Does the order not matter for the shrimp? Any inputs would be appreciated!!

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Re: Hierarchy of Introducing Tankmates?

How fun and exciting getting started with your new fish group! I have found success in always placing the least aggressive fish in first, let him establish territory.. then so on. Will your clown have an anemone? I have 2 pink skunks in a rose BTA and no one bothers them !! And so, there is no issue. Good luck with your damsel removal. My small yellow tail was my first fish 8 years ago, have NEVER been able to catch him & so I've given up & figure he'll die of old age. I only have cleaner shrimp (4), never tried the other. Best wishes!

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