History: About a month ago, my friend took down his aquarium and gave me all his cured live rock. My old setup had mostly slates of rock and frozen/dead coral pieces. I have recently completed changing my old substrate of CC to live sand. So now, I have about 40 lbs. of LR
and about a 2 inch fresh sand bed in my 45 gallon hex tank. Last week, the only inhabitant of my aquarium, my snowflake which I've had for over 2 years, committed suicide by "jumping" out of the tank at night (R.I.P...he was one cooool eel). So now, I basically have an empty, established (though very clean) tank and a fresh new start.
I've been thinking of going with a semi-reef setup, but what can I stock in it? And in what order is best for the aquarium environment? (i.e., right now, there isn't much algae growth or 'waste' in the system, and the sand is very clean). I've been thinking of:
- Tomato or Skunk Clown
- Goby or Blenny
- hermit crabs and snails
- any corals or inverts? (which would survive under my 10,000K and 50/50 lighting)
- anything else that would be compatible?
In my years, I've only done a FO
setup, so any advice & suggestions are welcome!