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Old 03-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Help w 38 gal stocking plan for newbie

Hi y'all*
Thanks in advance for your help
I have a 38 gallon innovative marine Nuvo tank with 24 gal oceanic bio cube skimmer (which LFS that sold me the setup swears is the largest that will fit in the back of the tank) lights are the 92 watt Skkye pad*
30 lbs live sand*
25 lbs live rock

I have 2 oce *clowns and a handful of small hermit crabs that have been in the tank 3 weeks

I'd like to add
Coral of some type

Warpaint green golby
Scooter blenny or 2 dot blenny
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Bi color angel
Bangaii cardinal
Blue hippo tang
Blue tuxedo or pencil urchin
Sexy, candy stripe pistol, camel or perversion shrimp
Some snails*
Eventually a mandarin
Eventually a starfish


I'm pretty sure I can't fit all of this successfully in this tank, that I would need to add more rock for the mandarin, and not sure if I can add the goby without coral (read that it does best with some type of branching coral)*

What should I introduce next? *
What should I hold off on for awhile...*
Feeling like I can't count on the LFS that sold me the tank as I have had a number of issues with them giving me bad advice or "forgetting" to provide me items standard for set up
I am using distilled water not RO/DI
Any thing else I should be thinking about

Tank is at 80.8 degrees*
Nitrates, ammonia & nitrite 0*
Ph 8.4
I've been through a green/brown algae bloom But got better at feeding and the cut the lights back to 5 hrs a day for now so all seems well
Many thanks
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