I'm currently cycling a ~45 gallon display that is 48" x 18" x 12" and plan to decommission my JBJ 28 nano cube and transfer everything over.
As far as fish go, I currently have the following:
* a clown pair which a BTA hosts (they rarely leave it, and when they do, it is to bite me if I need to put my hand in the tank).
* a royal gramma (its sleeping habits cracks me up)
* banggai cardinal (just bounces in the water)
* yellow watchman goby paired with a pistol shrimp (my favorite, but only see the goby at feeding time)
I'm running a 40 gallon sump, so about 70-75 total gallons of water, and when it is appropriate, plan on getting a mandarin (if/when I feel the pod population can handle it). However, I'd really like to find a pair of fish that will be more active in the water.
The tank I'm transferring is primarily SPS
stocked with a few LPSs. I think some of the smaller wrasses might work. Maybe a flasher wrasse pair?
Given the length of the tank, maybe more than that? I don't know that I can necessarily trust the "gallons" recommendations on sites like Live Aquaria, as I assume they are recommending for general tank sizes. Am I wrong?
have had great luck in the nano cube with no aggression and low nutrients (in fact, I've gone out of my way to raise them). I really prefer seeing crazy polyp extension and growth on "sticks", but I figure it would be nice to have more active fish in the water.
What do you think? I'm not going to do something stupid and get a purple tang. The tank is long, but shallow. Yes, I'll have it covered, so I'm not worried about jumpers.
So what might you suggest?