It's finally time to start doing at least a little bit of research into stocking my 150G reef tank. I have a lot of ideas, but not much that I'm really set on, so suggestions are welcome. Here's what I have so far:
150G main tank, 30G sump/refuge, 250 lbs LR
, 75 lbs sand. In a few weeks my fishless cycle should be complete -- I'm using the LR
as filtration and dosing the tank with ammonia to cycle it.
Here are all of the specs that are concrete
I have five damsels
that made it from last time, currently in a 20G quarantine. No matter what you say I'm not getting rid of them, and they will live in the display tank. Two of them are larger and a little more aggressive, and I imagine that I might need to wait and add them last for that reason, but that raises an issue with possibly quarantining the other fish after I get them, but we'll see about that...
Any creature has to be reef safe
, because I really want to have corals as soon as it's safe to do so; I'd like to keep as many options open for corals and other invertebrates as possible, so if some fish choice limits any options I'd at least like to know about it. Also, I want this to be a community tank
, not a species tank or a predator tank or anything like that.
Other than that, it's pretty open. I've had my eyes on a few specific types of fish but as for some of them I don't know too much about keeping them...
I know I want clownfish, and my ultimate goal is to get a mated pair bonded to an anemone. I know that's nearly impossible to do, but if it's feasible I'd at least like to try, even if that means waiting for the tank to get more stable. I'd prefer one bonded to anemone over a pair without a 'nem. Color or style isn't important as much as beauty. I'm not looking for Nemo here.
I think the five I have will be plenty, even though there are a lot of pretty damsels out there.
I really like gobies. I had a Diamond Watchman Goby last time and he was my favorite, I'm looking to try maybe a couple of smaller gobies this time, how many gobies would fit in a 150G tank safely? What type of gobies look the best? There should be plenty of places to hide...
Basically the same as the gobies, how many can safely fit and what types are liked the best?
I like the way these guys look, though it's not a requirement. If one fits well with the rest of the fish then I'm sure he'll make a nice addition.
I like most cardinals out there, but my favorites by far are Bangai cardinals. I would really like to breed them unless it's completely impossible to do so. Pretty much all I know is that I should get at least 6 at once in order to find two that will survive and mate, past that I don't know much. What about other types of cardinals? Would they be compatible?
I really like tangs. I think with my tank I could get two? Maybe three? I'm not sure what types of tangs would work well together and with the rest of the fish I'd get -- this is the type I know the least about.
I think this is the first thing I would get once the tank is cycled... In the way of reef-safe CUC, I think my only options are shrimp and snails. I like these, but don't know much about the right types of shrimp to get and I wonder if there are other options.
What else out there would work well with these guys?
I know I ask a lot of questions, I'm sort of brainstorming at this point so I can have something coherent by the time I need to start ordering/buying livestock. If I manage to stumble across an idea that's actually good, please let me know because I'm assuming most of my ideas are bad ones.
Thanks for your input.