55 Gallon Mixed Reef Build

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Upgrading from my 32 gallon biocube to a 55 gallon tank I bought used on FB marketplace. It included a stand with hood and sump but it was used for freshwater so I needed to make a few adjustments.
The first thing I did was cut off some of the old silicone on the seams that had peeled off and grown algae between it and the glass and reapplied a fresh coat. I probably could’ve removed more but was too nervous I’d remove too much and am ultimately happy with the results. Next I painted the trim on the tank black as well as the back glass panels and the stand. I don’t think I’ll use the hood, was thinking about converting it into a controller cabinet, but no final decisions yet. After the silicone was cured and the paint was dry, I moved onto the sump. It had one built in set of baffles that had been modified by the previous owner, but I knew I wanted more than two sections in my sump because I wanted the option for a fuge so I ordered 4 pieces of 1 square foot acrylic off Amazon, cut them on a table saw and siliconed them into place. The silicone isn’t as pretty as in the display but it works. I let it cure for a day or two and then filled the tank and sump to check for leaks. I left them full for 2 days and after I saw no leaks I decided it was good and emptied the tank.
It was quite the project. There are two different scapes here, and the later is what I decided on. At the beginning of the month I added water and live sand, allowed the water to clear and temp to stabilize and then added Dr. Tim’s around a day after. A couple days after that I added my pair of clowns and then my Royal Gramma a week later. It’s been lights off up until yesterday when I added a bottle of coralline and I also tossed a hermit crab in to eat the leftovers.
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I saw your post on live stock recommendations and ask you “What do you want in your mixed garden”?

What do you like in your smaller tank?

Six months ago, I set up two ornamental seaweed mixed garden lagoons: 55G & 30G
 

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As far as fish go, I know I want to add a bunch of movement and color to the display. My LFS has a large mixed community reef with so many fish and I love how busy it always looks. I also liked the idea of having a “centerpiece” fish, 2 of my favorites are yellow tang, long nose butterfly, and Lo Foxface. I know a 55 gallon display isn’t large enough for any of those but I plan to upgrade again eventually and have a friend I can relocate a fish to until I do upgrade if it comes to that.
For coral, my favorite corals are euphyllia, chalices, and acans. I’m planning on having some SPS as well so I want to make sure the fish I get are 100% reef safe
 
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