40 gallon Mixed Reef Tank stocking Opinions



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Jan 27, 2021
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Hi guys, I recently setup my first saltwater tank and its about 6 months old, Its a 40 gallon breeder with 60lbs live rock, (i know its alot but its scaped well), 60 lbs live sand a tidal 55 hob filter, a NICREW 10,000k LED light and a powerhead, no sump, no skimmer. The tank is a mixed reef with zoanthids, gorgonians, duncan's, montiporas, chalices, favias, acans, blastomussas, a couple of fancy scolymias and more! the parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and between 10 and 20ppm nitrate, I dont test for major or minor elements as I do a 10% water change ever week with reef crystals, which I've found replenishes my elements rapidly enough to keep up with the few sps and lps corals I have (although i do dose minor trace elements with every water change).

My cleanup crew consists of:
- a brittle star
- a tiger sand conch
- roughly 10 trochus snails
- roughly 10 blue leg hermits
-roughly 5 Mexican red leg hermits
- a pincushion urchin

My current fish stocking:
- 2 Clarkii clownfish
- 1 longnose hawkfish

What I plan to have as my final stocking:
- 2 clarkii clownfish
- 1 longnose hawkfish
- 1 bluespot jawfish
- 1 six line wrasee
- 1 dwarf lionfish (zebra, fuzzy, or antennata)
(p.s. i had a dwarf zebra and a bluespot jawfish, I donated the lionfish to my lfs as he became blind for some genetic reason (big mystery, no signs of illness), and the bluespot jawfish jumped out (i upgraded my lid after that).

Let me know what you guys think, I'm open to suggestions and revamping my stocking list (however I will not budge from the dwarf lion and the bluespot jawfish).

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What percentage of blue versus white lighting do you think makes the best coral growth combo?

  • All Blue

    Votes: 13 2.5%
  • Mostly Blue

    Votes: 331 62.6%
  • Even Balance

    Votes: 134 25.3%
  • Mostly White

    Votes: 42 7.9%
  • All White

    Votes: 1 0.2%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 8 1.5%