Hello all. I was in the hobby for about 3 years until i had to get out about 6 years ago. I am back in and am starting fresh. Quite a bit has changed in the hobby (LEDs for example) and in my ability to be patient. A few weeks ago I was setting up a free 36g bowfront and stumbled upon a 55g with nothing especially no stand. Built a stand and canopy and it is now in my office sandwiched between two bookcases.
I have a eShops 75 sump which will eventually house a Skimmer with a 700 gph
return pump. I have a 10g I will be plumbing in as a refugium this week. So far I have 40 lbs of good live rock and will be going for 40 more pounds very soon, also about 70 lbs of live sand. All being said I think the whole system is roughly 60-65g of water.
2 Hydor Koralia 1400 evolutions, a 250w metal halide (15,000k), two 24w Actinics, and 2 LED
moon lights. From my understanding light and flow are the building stones of a healthy reef.
I am cycling my tank now and will not put any livestock in until I feel it as established and stable as it can be without livestock.
Okay all of that being said, now I need advice on stocking. I want to eventually have a mixed reef (fish, inverts, easy yet attractive corals).
Here is what I'm thinking:
-Gold-Striped Maroon Clown
-4 line Wrasse
-Midas Blenny (optional)
-3 Chromis (optional- feel they maybe would be too much)
-BTA for the Clown
-Snails (kinds up for discussion)
-Hermit Crabs (kinds up for discussion)
CORAL (once I have a better grasp of needs)
-Orange Montipora Capicornus
Okay, open up your opinions, tell your thoughts and through out any questions.