lets start off with how big this tank is going to be? is it going to have a sump? skimmer? other filtration? lighting? FOWLR or REEF? anything else about the tank you can include.
Originally Posted by garrett
Ocellaris Clown (Amphiprion ocellaris) perfect, i suggest getting 2, one larger then the other. eventually ( and hopefully ) they should pair.
Royal Gramma Basslet (Gramma loreto) ok
Auriga Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga) with caution
Hector's Goby (Amblygobius hectori) ok
Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) perfect
Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber (Holothuria sp.) ok
Bulb Anemone (Entacmaea Quadricolor) no.
Black Longspine Urchin (Diadema setosum) loves knocking over corals and rock
Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab (Clibanarius tricolor) ok, but loves ripping snails from their shells for their shells.
--Other Creatures I'd like but am hesitant on purchasing due to their difficulty--
Banded Pipefish no no no no
Yellow Multibanded Pipefish no no no
Fancy Brittle Sea Star (Ophiure protoreaster) brittle stars are "ok" but i would wait until your tanks really matured and avoid GREEN stars.
the reason i said no to the anem is because i have heard in the wild they can live for 200+ years but ive also heard they're eternal ( meaning they never die ) im not sure which claim is true, but either way i can promise you, you wont have it for more then that time period. i dont want to sound like a hypocrit as i have a RBTA, but i waited until my tank was establised for some time prior to adding. i strongly suggest waiting until your tank is 1+ even 2+ years old and completely stable before considering even adding one. i also say this so you can better accustom yourself to keeping up with your tank and its maintnance. these things walk where they want to in your tank. lets say it walks its way into a powerhead and its shredded like a wood chipper... the death of the anem will more then likely kill everything else in your tank. even if it doesnt make its way into the powerhead, they tend to die easily in the hands of new aquarist. it seems everyone and their mother ( no joke intended, seriously ) wants to keep an anemone for their little nemo. clownfish will host what THEY want to host and ive seen them do so to live rock, corals, even powerheads, so this means it may not even take to the anemone and usually thats the case. mine tooks months to finally go in, and now i cant get them out lol. these inverts also need metal halides for ultimate health. you can get away with a bunch of high output t5s, but MHs are the best bet. ontop of that you want a butterfly which feeds on anemones.
as for the pipe fish these guys are just as bad as seahorses and really should be in a species only tank.
i personally like adding a mixture of different snails for my clean up crew ( CUC ) as i find the hermits love tearing the snails out of the shells and then not liking that shell so they move onto the next snail. for this reason i keep my tanks crab free ( if i find one hitched on the rock, i toss it into the refugium )
all crabs, including hermits. dont get me wrong, they are good to have but be sure to keep a bunch of empty shells littered on the bottom of the tank ( and even when i did this i found they loved killing my snails for their shells )
no green brittle stars as they prey on fish.