Originally Posted by courtneyclv
Does my list of fish look good so far? What about the zebra lionfish?
I am really thinking about and planning what kind of fish and inverts for my tank. Got the maroon clown, firefish, watchman goby, and cleaners so far. Will bring the damsels back to the LFS
after I add my next fish, a small angelfish.
Well, for starters all the fish you listed are not
The maroon clown is arguably the most aggressive clownfish, and the purple tang is the most agressive Zebrasoma, and maybe the most aggressive tang/surgeonfish.
Most of the aggression is aimed towards conspecifics, or other tangs/clowns, but that also means they will defend their territories. I would not put firefish with a maroon clown, but that's just me.
My 55gal is pretty simple: All mildy aggressive fish. I have a neon dottyback, 4 damsels, a tomato clown, purple tang and a French angel. They all keep themselves in check. When you mix very aggressive fish with very passive fish, you end up with problems. You can most likely get away with your fish list in your 78gal, and I'd probably try it myself if the girlfriend insisted, but I'm also not going to say it's the ideal setup.