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This is my first documentation of my 40g reef tank. This is just a run down of what I'll have running it.
Equipment:
-Figi Cube AIO drop in kit
- Simple 150 w heater (i dont remember the name)
- Orbit IC led strip
-ATO FZONE aquarium ATO
- Small return pump
Tank details:
-Dry rock/ reused tank rock
- Carib Sea live sand
( let me know any suggestions for stocking and coral)
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Sounds well planned! A clown pair is a must for me. Blennys, gobies, royal gramma and damsels ( research the less aggressive ones such as yellow tailed) are reef safe. You could easily do 7 of these type fish maybe 8. Look into aggression and add the more aggressive last. Start with beginners coral first until you get the hang of it. Leathers, zoas, mushrooms duncan etc. look into which ones you would want isolated on a rock island because of their growth.
 
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Sounds well planned! A clown pair is a must for me. Blennys, gobies, royal gramma and damsels ( research the less aggressive ones such as yellow tailed) are reef safe. You could easily do 7 of these type fish maybe 8. Look into aggression and add the more aggressive last. Start with beginners coral first until you get the hang of it. Leathers, zoas, mushrooms duncan etc. look into which ones you would want isolated on a rock island because of their growth.
Thanks A ton will keep that in mind.
 
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Here is a look at the tank fully setup, currently cycling. I would love if anyone could recommend corals i could grow under the current orbit ic light it would be greatly appreciated.

current stocking plan.
fish:
-2x Fire fish purple or red
-2x Red scooter blenny
-1x Bi color Blenny
Inverts/CUC:
-12x Hermit crabs
-2x Emerald crabs
-1to 2 Porcelain Crabs
-2x Mexican Turbo Snail
-10x snails??? (don't know what kind yet)
-4x Zombie snails
- 3x peppermint shrimp
-TBD Sexy shrimp

Lmk any other suggestions :)))
 

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I’m not familiar with the light, sorry but good starter corals are mushrooms, zoas, green star polyps ( on their own island) and leathers such as sinularia. For snails I would recommend banded trochus snails, they can right themselves if they fall on their backs and they reproduce in our tanks so they replenish their population. I would also consider a tuxedo urchin, the best cuc in my tank.
 
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Update on the Build:
So after a lot of consideration I've came down to either a caribbean style tank or an Indo-Pacific/ fiji shallow reef. I want to base it off of what you would see in the ocean. I will be trying to establish a copepod population.

Possible stock lists: Caribbean
- 4-6 masked gobies or 3 sunshine chromis (group fish)
- 1 oddball fish File fish, pipe fish etc.
-1 Royal Gramma (centerpiece)
- corals would be a mix of gorgs mushrooms and other caribbean coral.

Possible stock list: Indo Pacific lagoon
- 2 Fire fish Purple or red
-2 Ruby Red dragonets
-1 Bicolor blenny
coral would be soft/ LPS
(may want to throw a dottyback in there which would change things due to aggression)

Let me know which you would choose :)
 
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Any updates? Also how do you like the fiji cube AIO drop in?
haven't had much to update until now I went through a period of time where I had a temperature problem and that had a negative impact on the corals and their slowle recovering, I just have a few leathers and a mushroom. Fish/inverts wise I have:
1 Bicolor Blenny
2 firefish
5 red leg hermits
5 Asterena snails
2 mexican turbo snails
 
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