Advice on next additions to 75 Gallon Tank

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I have been battling through a GHA bloom as well as some Cyano recently, but I seem to finally be turning a corner on that issue. My tank is about 5 months old right now, and I want to start adding some soft corals (Zoas), a Royal Gramma and some Blue legged Hermit Crabs (2) to my current stocking.

Does anyone see any issues/problems with this stocking list, or next additions (Zoas, Royal Gramma, and 2 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs)?

Equipment List:
-Aquarium: Used Non Drilled 75 Gallon with CS50 Siphon Overflow (attached Kohler Aqualift 3 GPH Pump to prevent losing siphon)
-Wavemaker: 2 Hygger 2100 GPH Magnetic Powerheads
-Salt: Red Sea Fish Pharm Coral Pro Marine Salt
-RO Filter: Max Water 6 Stage 100 GPD RODI System
-60 lbs of Nature's Ocean Coral Base Rock
-1 Medium Piece of CaribSea Original Life Rock
-Cabinet: Custom made Wood Stand that came with Aquarium
-Amazon Basics Standby UPS 800VA 450W Surge Protector Battery Power Backup
-Display Tank Lighting: 2 SMATFARM 95 Watt G5 Aquastar LED's

-Sump/Refugium: Custom 3 section 15 Gallon (20 Gallon Total Capacity) Glass
*Section 1 of Sump:
-Mechanical Filter: Bubblefin Pre-Sump Filter Sock 4"
-Skimmer: IOAOI Hang on Protein Skimmer for tank up to 80 Gallons
*Section 2 of Sump:
-BioFilter Media: Little pieces of rock/shell/dead coral, and Fluval BioMax Filter Media scattered along the bottom
-Heater: 2 Hitop 100-Watt Adjustable Heaters
-Chaeto
-Refugium Lighting: Feit Electric - BR30/Full Spectrum LED 65W

*Section 3 of Sump:

-30 PPI Foam pads in last set of sump baffles to contain algae

-Return Pump: Hygger 2120 GPH Saltwater Awuarium Submersible Pump 24 V w/ Controller

-AquaClear Hang on the Back 50 Power Filter


-ATO: F-Zone Auto top Off System with Dual Optic Sensor
-2 Gallon Reservoir

Livestock List:
Current stocking:
CUC: Copepods, 3 Turbo snails, 3 Trochus Snails, 1 Cerith Snail (2/16/23)
Ocellarus Clownfish (2/25/23)
Lawnmower Blennie (3/23/23)
Yellow Watchman Goby (3/23/23)
Pistol Shrimp (3/23/23)
Bubble Tip Sea Anemone (3/23/23)

Possible Future fish/Invertebrate additions:
Royal Gramma (next addition)
2 Blue leg Hermit Crabs (next addition)
Blue green Mandarin (future addition)
Exquisite Wrasse (Future Addition)
Leopard Wrasse (Future Adition)
Yellow Tang (future addition)
Linckia Blue Starfish (Future Addition)
Maxima Blue Clam (Future Addition)


Future Coral additions:
Zoas (Next addition)
Hammer coral (future addition)
Torch Coral (Future addition)
Acropora Coral (Future Addition)

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No issues with that stock list at all. One thing I'd say is as someone who had a leopard wrasse in a 65, when mine transitioned to a male it got notably aggressive toward some flasher wrasses I added. So I would add the fairy wrasse first and a female leopard after, and hopefully the transition will treat you better when it inevitably comes. My experience is not necessarily guaranteed, though, so you might be luckier!

Keep in mind too that Linkia are typically considered hard to care for. That said I saw a thread about them eating mastick, so that might help.

Also, measure your PAR before getting a maxima. They need a lot of light to thrive. Dr. Mac at Pacific East Aquaculture is a great resource on these, as are the folks in the clam forum. Can't recommend PEA highly enough, though- mine is thriving.

Shoot me a PM if you ever want to bounce any ideas off- happy to help. Good luck!
 

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I have been battling through a GHA bloom as well as some Cyano recently, but I seem to finally be turning a corner on that issue. My tank is about 5 months old right now, and I want to start adding some soft corals (Zoas), a Royal Gramma and some Blue legged Hermit Crabs (2) to my current stocking.

Does anyone see any issues/problems with this stocking list, or next additions (Zoas, Royal Gramma, and 2 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs)?

Equipment List:
-Aquarium: Used Non Drilled 75 Gallon with CS50 Siphon Overflow (attached Kohler Aqualift 3 GPH Pump to prevent losing siphon)
-Wavemaker: 2 Hygger 2100 GPH Magnetic Powerheads
-Salt: Red Sea Fish Pharm Coral Pro Marine Salt
-RO Filter: Max Water 6 Stage 100 GPD RODI System
-60 lbs of Nature's Ocean Coral Base Rock
-1 Medium Piece of CaribSea Original Life Rock
-Cabinet: Custom made Wood Stand that came with Aquarium
-Amazon Basics Standby UPS 800VA 450W Surge Protector Battery Power Backup
-Display Tank Lighting: 2 SMATFARM 95 Watt G5 Aquastar LED's

-Sump/Refugium: Custom 3 section 15 Gallon (20 Gallon Total Capacity) Glass
*Section 1 of Sump:
-Mechanical Filter: Bubblefin Pre-Sump Filter Sock 4"
-Skimmer: IOAOI Hang on Protein Skimmer for tank up to 80 Gallons
*Section 2 of Sump:
-BioFilter Media: Little pieces of rock/shell/dead coral, and Fluval BioMax Filter Media scattered along the bottom
-Heater: 2 Hitop 100-Watt Adjustable Heaters
-Chaeto
-Refugium Lighting: Feit Electric - BR30/Full Spectrum LED 65W

*Section 3 of Sump:

-30 PPI Foam pads in last set of sump baffles to contain algae

-Return Pump: Hygger 2120 GPH Saltwater Awuarium Submersible Pump 24 V w/ Controller

-AquaClear Hang on the Back 50 Power Filter


-ATO: F-Zone Auto top Off System with Dual Optic Sensor
-2 Gallon Reservoir

Livestock List:
Current stocking:
CUC: Copepods, 3 Turbo snails, 3 Trochus Snails, 1 Cerith Snail (2/16/23)
Ocellarus Clownfish (2/25/23)
Lawnmower Blennie (3/23/23)
Yellow Watchman Goby (3/23/23)
Pistol Shrimp (3/23/23)
Bubble Tip Sea Anemone (3/23/23)

Possible Future fish/Invertebrate additions:
Royal Gramma (next addition)
2 Blue leg Hermit Crabs (next addition)
Blue green Mandarin (future addition)
Exquisite Wrasse (Future Addition)
Leopard Wrasse (Future Adition)
Yellow Tang (future addition)
Linckia Blue Starfish (Future Addition)
Maxima Blue Clam (Future Addition)


Future Coral additions:
Zoas (Next addition)
Hammer coral (future addition)
Torch Coral (Future addition)
Acropora Coral (Future Addition)

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Maxima Clams will want a nice stable tank and also they want high PAR requirements, my baby is sat in 400-450PAR currently. You should be alright just as long as you understand their high requirements but also their likelihood of running through your parameters.

A warning on the Linkia Star, most of these will starve in captivity. One thing they’re known to feed on is Aquilonastra (‘Asterina’ )Stars however they can run through the population quite fast. And also they need a lot of film on the rocks to thrive.

I also disagree with the idea of a Yellow Tang. These get active and large, they want Atleast a 6’ tank to really feel comfortable when they hit 4” which is rather quick. I’ve also seen a few yellows in captivity that are the size of small tea plates which is rather large for a 4’x2’ tank let alone a 4’x18” tank.

The Rest of the plan looks good, just be careful with what species of leopard wrasse you go for - I recommend avoiding Macropharyngodon bipartitus as these look similar to M. marisrubri as females which can be nasty when they mature. I recommend going for either an M. negrosensis or an M. meleagris.
 

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