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Hi, I recently set up a new 66 Gallon tank (about 3 months ago) and was wondering about stocking. I've only been in the Saltwater hobby for about a year and a half (5 years in freshwater). I've read a bunch of stuff about inches per gallon etc. but nothing consistent.The tank currently has 3 Chromis and 2 fire shrimp

My setup is a Marine Space MS90
It has:
A Sump
In Sump Skimmer
Chemi-Pure blue
Marinpure Bio balls
Wave Maker
Thinking of adding refugium
Zetlight.

Fish I like: I want a pair of ocellaris (midnight or snowflakes), Chromis, Cardinal fish, Dartfish. Now for two Fish I would love to have: A Dwarf Angel (I realize the tank might be a bit small and that they aren't always reef safe) and a Black Cap Basslet.

Possible combinations:

Scenario 1: (Might be a bit much, but would be awesome)

 

Scenario1:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•3 Banggai Cardinals 
•Flame Angel or lemonpeel
•Black Cap Basslet
•Fire Shrimp
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Scenario 2:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•3 Exquisite Firefish
•Goby
•Black Cap Basslet
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Scenario 3:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•2 Banggai Cardinals
•Flame or Lemonpeel angel
•Bicolor Blenny
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Scenario 4:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•3 Banggai Cardinals
•Black Cap Basslet
•Bicolor Blenny or 2 Firefish or Goby

Any other suggestions or advice on my scenario would be awesome

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A dwarf angel should be fine space wise, but might pick at coral. If you add Bangaii cardinals, get a pair instead of a trio as they aren't schooling fish once adults. Clowns, most gobies, dartfish, blennies, and the basslet are all good options. Just make sure to add more peaceful species like the firefish before bigger, more active, and more territorial species.

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1 hour ago, 1.0reef said:

A dwarf angel should be fine space wise, but might pick at coral. If you add Bangaii cardinals, get a pair instead of a trio as they aren't schooling fish once adults. Clowns, most gobies, dartfish, blennies, and the basslet are all good options. Just make sure to add more peaceful species like the firefish before bigger, more active, and more territorial species.

Great thanks for the advice, really appreciate it

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The chromis will end up with 1 in the end. 

 

A dwarf angel is fine in a 66g, I'd go for a species that's less likey to pick on corals. The lemonpeel is a known picker.

Pygmy and potter angel may be better options to research.

 

Blennies are fantastic fish, full of character. 

The starry blenny or Midas are good options, the bicolor is cool too.

 

dartfish and blennies may have issues together because of similar body shape. 

 

Clownfish are always a great addition because they are just fun fish that are hardy.

 

Have you considered anthias or even a 6 line wrasse?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Clown79 said:

The chromis will end up with 1 in the end. 

 

A dwarf angel is fine in a 66g, I'd go for a species that's less likey to pick on corals. The lemonpeel is a known picker.

Pygmy and potter angel may be better options to research.

 

Blennies are fantastic fish, full of character. 

The starry blenny or Midas are good options, the bicolor is cool too.

 

dartfish and blennies may have issues together because of similar body shape. 

 

Clownfish are always a great addition because they are just fun fish that are hardy.

 

Have you considered anthias or even a 6 line wrasse?

 

 

Why only 1 Chromis? I have considered Anthias, but wasn't sure about how much I can get and about tank size

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2 hours ago, ReefingRelapse said:

When I worked at a fish store, my morning task was to toss out the dead chromis. Lol

Oh ok😂😂 I thought they are very hardy

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Yes they are hardy but when in groups, aggression develops, fights etc so starting out with a group usually ends up a solo fish.

 

How many fish you can have will depend on the fish you choose. How big they get, their behaviour, and how much waste they produce.

 

To give you an idea, in my old 55g I had

 

 

2 clowns

Jawfish

Yellow Watchman goby

Midas blenny

Firefish - eventually jumped

Small tang- returned as I was a newb and didn't realize my error. 

 

Keeping a bioload down helps prevent high nutrients, aggression, and disease.

 

I would watch videos of the fish you like and break it down to your favourites.

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Don't do a lemonpeel if you want corals.. Those guys are one of the worst pickers. Coral beauty is one of the better ones. 

 

If you want clams ever... Skip angels all together....pita to catch them once they are in there. 

 

 

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On 17/02/2018 at 4:11 PM, Tamberav said:

Don't do a lemonpeel if you want corals.. Those guys are one of the worst pickers. Coral beauty is one of the better ones. 

 

If you want clams ever... Skip angels all together....pita to catch them once they are in there. 

 

 

Thanks, will look at the coral beauty. 

 

Luckily I'm not interested in clams

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