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Old 03-27-2017, 06:00 PM   #1
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Building my first reef tank - 60 gal, 48.5" x 12.75" x 25" with PFS substrate - and looking at the following for fish:

Blue Reef Chromis (5)
Zebra Barred Dartfish (3)
Royal Gramma Basslet (1)
Banggai Cardinalfish (3)

With one each of the following coral:

Colony Polyp, Orange/Green
Trumpet Coral
Brain Coral, Favites
Lavender Mushroom
Plate Coral, Short Tentacle
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral

Does this seem reasonable? Too much? Room for anything else?

Also, I have no idea what to do for a cleanup crew for this setup. :/

Any advice / help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:52 PM   #2
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I'd cut one of the schools of fish and there's a lot more room for coral imo. I probably have over 40 different species in my tank and it's only a 40.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:14 PM   #3
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Maybe cut out the Banggai Cardinalfish and add one Firefish?

I'd also love to have:

Birdsnest coral
Cauliflower Colt Coral
Thick Finger Leather Coral
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That's probably fine. All those corals are pretty easy but the birdsnest which is sps. Not really hard but needs more light and flow than the others
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Not really hard but needs more light and flow than the others
I've got a solid light, so I should be covered for light levels, but I don't want to bleach out the other stuff just to get the birdnest enough light. :/ Similar concerns with flow. I can get the needed flow, but I don't want to create too much flow for the rest of the tank.

New proposed stocking list:

Blue Reef Chromis (5)
Zebra Barred Dartfish (3)
Royal Gramma Basslet (1)
Firefish (1)
Mandarin Goby (1) (?)
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Skip the mandarin and your good, just so hard to meet their dietary needs.

Coral placement solves this problem most of the time.
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Any suggestions for a clean up crew?
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Gotta have a serpent star . And scrimps which aren't really cuc but they eat leftovers.

As far as hermits and snails I'd get a bunch of cerith and nassarius snails. I've had good luck with nerites as well. Hermits are fine but they can knock stuff and kill snails.
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I was kinda thinking a brittle sea star, cerith snails, nassarius snails, and some peppermint shrimp. Not sure on numbers for the snails & shrimp, though.
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