08-27-2013, 10:50 AM
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New 75g marine aquarium - stocking
I'm picking up a 75 gallon aquarium with a sump and eveything else I need for a saltwater aquarium (except heater) this weekend that I found on Craigslist. I plan on putting about 100 lbs of live rock into it with about 3-4 inches of live sand. I just wanted to run my stocking ideas by you guys just to see if I am going to run into any issues.
The first fish I would add (after letting the fully set-up tank cycle, of course) would be a pair of ocellaris clownfish. My wife would like one regular orange and white one and one of the black and whites. Then I would add a pair of Bangaii cardinalfish. Eventually when the tank is better established I plan to add a diamond goby. These are all fish that are actually stocked by pet stores near me, which is an important consideration. Is there anything in my stocking selections that I should look out for? Also, What about invertebrates? I would like to add some hermit crabs, but I've heard they will wipe out all of your snails, which I might also eventually get. Is one of them much better at cleaning/scavenging than the other? Are either of them at all necessary? Also, what about shrimp? My pet stores have peppermint srimp and some sort of cleaner shrimp (red and white, about 3-4"). Are those compatible?
I would appreciate any advice you guys could give me both regarding the stocking and the marine tank in general. I've been keeping freshwater tanks for years and am just now finally making the jump to saltwater. I'm kind of nervous and I don't want my fist attempt to be a failure.