I currently have a ten gallon fowlr
setup and am going to upgrade to a 30 gallon reef tank soon. Eeeeh! I'm so excited!!
Now, I just need some help planning out fish, corals, and advice on supplies. In my ten gallon, I have a firefish, a clown goby, four nassarius snails, two scarlet skunk shrimp, and a hermit crab (unknown kind i think scarlet).
In addition to those, I'd like to add two ocellaris clownfish and a tanaka's pygmy wrasse. That would equal five fish. Do you think I could add one more or is that the limit?
And as for inverts, I'd like to add four more hermits, a few more nassarius snails (unsure how many), three peppermint shrimp, and a fire shrimp. I love shrimp lol. After all the fish, will I be overstocked? And how many more nassarius snails do you recommend I get?
As for corals, I'd like to keep it simple. I'm just going to get some soft corals. Some polyps, mushrooms, etc. But I have always been in love with the favite brain coral. I know they are aggressive, so do you think I can keep one without any problems? I'd also like to get trumpet corals.
As for soft corals, I think I'll get these two packs:
Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Beginner Soft Coral Pack
Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Beginner Mushroom and Polyp Pack
Do those sound good? And will they work with the favite brain and trumpet?
I know a good amount about supplies. I can't have a sump
because the tank will be on a kitchen counter. I was told to leave filtration to the live rocks and skimmer. I also wanted to turn an HOB
filter into a refugium. For powerheads, how strong do you think the current should be for the corals? If memory serves, I think all of them require moderate flow, so how many gph
of powerheads would that be for 30 gallons?
Lastly, what substrate should I use? I want to avoid "live" sand since it is probably already dead from being on a shelf for so long. My LFS
sells white aquarium sand so I'll probably go with that. Is there any better stuff I can use?
Alright I think I've asked enough questions for now. All help will be much appreciated. Thank you!