I am not trying to advocate over stocking. I have two 40 gallons, but heavily stocked. I did this with the intention of going bigger from the start. In fact, Ive upgraded both tanks once each since January. I do water changes religiously every week, have a skimmer, reactor and UV
on both tanks. I was in the process last week of getting some prices together and was going an 80 gallon shallow reef and taking down one of my 40 gallons and keeping the other up and running. Now, Innovative Marine has come out with the exact setup I was looking at and will have information abut it at the show this weekend. Now, with that being said, My female maroon is close to 5" already. She shows no aggression towards other fish, even when they get close to her nem. The male,same thing. Is there a risk. Absolutely. But guess what? I had a falco hawk and a 6 line as my only fish when I started and the haw killed my 6 line. I had a lubbock wrasse kill another wrasse because he didn't like him I guess. My point is, anytime you add fish together it's a relative crap shoot, regardless of what people say will work or not.