Been trying to come up with some kind of stocking list and need some guidance. I've come to realize that many of the fish I really like I'm not gonna be able to have. :( I have read Pasfur's stocking thread and re-read it and re-read it again... But don't know If I have enough knowledge to apply it correctly. Anyhow I have made up a list of fish that I find beautiful and wouldn't mind eventually having some of. Obviously I will have to make up my mind because I realize i will have to scratch MOST of them off the list. This is by no means a planned stocking list just a list of candidates of fish I am attracted to. Some I know will grow to be too large, some will be too expensive, and yet others will just not go together. I know all this and this is why I ask for guidance. The experience of all of you would be great in pointing me the right way.
My tank is planned to be a 120G 48" X 24" x 25" I cannot go any longer due to space limitations (Wish I could) I went and looked at a 120G 60" tank/stand combo yesterday off Craigslist for 400$ and wished I could have had the room but had to walk when i found out it was a 60". If I went longer I will not be able to service the rear of the tank due to 0 access. My tank will have the entire back wall top 4-6 inches as an overflow with two overflow lines to the 20Long sump/refugium and two returns. I plan on using a Eheim +5000 return pump and a Marineland Pro 300 skimmer. The tank will probably have a 4" live sand bed and the fuge will have at least than much sand & some rock. The live rock in the tank I plan on using from Marco will be ~100lbs dead from marco + ~25 lbs live seed from my uncle's established tank. I plan on laying the rock out in an "E" type config. See rough "Top Down" rock diagram below. (purple is rock yellow is sandy bottom. I plan on leaving a little room between the back of the rock and the glass and allot of room in the front ~8"-10" from the front of the rock to the front glass. I will have to see how it all fits. I want plenty of hiding places as well as some medium sized open space (between the legs of the "E") and some large open space (front and front/top of tank)
ok thats a rough rundown of the planned environment... to give a mental visual to you all that is similar to my own. Now for the list. This list is not complete and most of it is the larger fish I like. But you get the idea of what I like and can maybe apply it and suggest some smaller livestock I may want to look at also. I love bright solid contrasting colors and patterns. I am getting ready to start to buy my hardware (if that tank i looked at yesterday would have been a 120G 48" x 24" I would have bought it. Will pprobably order my RO/DI and skimmer this week.
Before I put the list on here of all the pretty fish I've seen let me say this. I think I want more clowns than I should have, and I also think I want to have a Tang or two but most say 48" tank is too small for even one Tang much less problems with two getting along. I love tangs hippo/yellow/powder blue/purple Please someone tell me I can have at least one (fingers crossed). I Love clowns too... Is there a way I can have 3 or more? Perc/Maroon/Black. I love them ALLl mostly the Maroon/yellow and the Black/White but like the standard Perc's or Ocellaris's also want to have them all (Please say there is a way) I think goby's are really cool. I also really like dwarf angels (lemon peel/bicolor/flame/Royal/Coral beauty) I think Royal Gramma's are cool. I also seem to love most of the butterfly fish (Falcula/Auriga/Copperband/Heniochus B&W/Raccoon Fasciatus/Tear drop) I know another potentially large set of fish to choose from. I don't have to have em all but please say I can have some. I Like black & white and yellow tail damsels but everyone says damsels are mean. Also like Banggai cardinals. Like some anthias's (the bright colored ones).
I like bright pure solid colors that contrast with other colors... Obviously this is a long term list of candidates for the tank and I realize I will be lucky to have one of some of these options in the tank. Can anyone help me figure it all out (the whats's and when's) of it. Any Ideas anyone...
Also coud use ideas on the clean up crew.
Thanks in advance,