I am setting up a large tank (10ft 560g) in a few months.
The tank will be a mixed reef and I like peaceful smaller fish. I have put together a list of fish I think would make a good mix in a large reef tank.
I hope to do some of the live rock in a way that will hide small shrimp and crabs from passive predators.
I made the list based on realistic fish, not uber rare, or ultra expensive fish that only extreme collectors could find. Don't get me wrong, I hope to aquire some really nice rare fish, but not right away.
Take a look at my list, and tell me what you would add or take away and why... This is my dream build, and I want to get it right the first time!
I should note that I have been into reefing for many years, and have had a very wide range of aquariums. as of recently I was maintaining 15 saltwater aquariums in my house including fish onlly, aggressive, mixed reef, and species tanks (I had a tank with a mantis shrimp and a huge 16inch bristleworm)... long story short, I am prepared to go beyond the normal needs of average fish.
Here is my list... let me know what you think
Gold Assessor Basslet
Longnose Batfish (Expert Level)
White Algae Blenny
Either the Cubicus or Longhorn Cowfish (Toxic)
Schooling Bannerfish Butterfly (several of them!)
Bangaii Cardinal (maybe a small school)
Blue/green Chromis (school of 12 or so)
Occy or Perc Clowns (school of something cool...)
Either Purple firefish or Helfrichi dartfish (small school)
Spotted Madarin Dragonet
Magnificent Foxface Rabbitfish
Diamond Watchman Goby
Orange stripe prawn Goby
Yellow stripe clingfish
Blue dot jawfish
Yellow leaf fish
Yellow Belly Regal Tangs (small school)
Powder Blue Tangs (small school)
Naso Blonde (lipstick tang)
What would you add or take away???