Any large ish fish for a 40b

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so I am kind of depressed right now because my other pj cardinal died ( first died in my tank move ) it is just because it was never eating and would seem to adjust to my tank, now I only have a clownfish ( and a cuc, but only clownfish as far as fish goes ) the current tank is a terribly done 20 gallon, but I am upgrading to a 40b in the next couple months, just saving my pennies so I can do it correctly this time. I will not be adding anything more to this system, asit simply cannot support much life, however I want some ideas for what to put in the 40b.

I don't want many fish in the 40, like 5 max, and I already have a couple that I really want, but I want a centerpiece fish, and am not sure what that would be. The dream is a flame angel, or some sort of pygmy tang, but I know both those may have problems in a 40, here is what my current stocking list is:

a pair of clownfish ( already have one )

bam IK so exquisite. what centerpiece fish could go with a pair of clowns? ( also am open to other fish I should add )

CUC will be 5 red legged hermits and a candy cane shrimp. ( no snails I hate snails don't even ask why, algae scrubbers work just as well as snails also )

Thanks for reading and hopefully responding!
 
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I would only stick to small fish in a 40B. Maybe a pygmy angel like a Flameback, Cherub?

How come the second PJ Cardinal never ate? :( that’s pretty rare as I hardly ever see complaints about PJ Cardinals here.


I’d do:

Clownfish pair

Flameback / Cherub Angel

Shrimp / Goby pair

Royal Gramma or Swissguard Basslet or Yellow Assessor

Smaller blenny or wrasse of some kind


For a total of 6 fish.


If you don’t want to pair the Clown (I would always prefer a pair as long as it’s not the more aggressive species) then free up a 6th fish slot for the Wrasse if you get a Blenny, or Vice versa.


If I had to list the species that people complain the most about regarding diseases and other stuff:

1. Tangs (usually Powder Blue, Powder Brown, Blue Hippo)

2. Clowns (most likely just proportionate considering how pretty much everyone has a pair, and many LFS I assume don’t separate wild stock from Captive Bred stock)


3. Damsels (usually the more aggressive varieties)


But when it comes to damsels you could get a more peaceful species like a Yellowtail Blue, Azure, Talbot’s, Starcki’s, Rolland’s, Neon, Andaman etc.

Nice colors and would go well with a pygmy Angel. I think any of the blue varieties mentioned here would go beautifully with a Cherub or Flameback.


Maybe:

1 Clown
1 damsel
1 pygmy angel
1 basslet
1 small wrasse / Blenny (Bicolor, Tail Spot, some of the smaller Fang Blennies?)
1 goby and shrimp pair

(?)
 
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I would only stick to small fish in a 40B. Maybe a pygmy angel like a Flameback, Cherub?

How come the second PJ Cardinal never ate? :( that’s pretty rare as I hardly ever see complaints about PJ Cardinals here.


I’d do:

Clownfish pair

Flameback / Cherub Angel

Shrimp / Goby pair

Royal Gramma or Swissguard Basslet or Yellow Assessor

Smaller blenny or wrasse of some kind


For a total of 6 fish.


If you don’t want to pair the Clown (I would always prefer a pair as long as it’s not the more aggressive species) then free up a 6th fish slot for the Wrasse if you get a Blenny, or Vice versa.


If I had to list the species that people complain the most about regarding diseases and other stuff:

1. Tangs (usually Powder Blue, Powder Brown, Blue Hippo)

2. Clowns (most likely just proportionate considering how pretty much everyone has a pair, and many LFS I assume don’t separate wild stock from Captive Bred stock)


3. Damsels (usually the more aggressive varieties)


But when it comes to damsels you could get a more peaceful species like a Yellowtail Blue, Azure, Talbot’s, Starcki’s, Rolland’s, Neon, Andaman etc.

Nice colors and would go well with a pygmy Angel. I think any of the blue varieties mentioned here would go beautifully with a Cherub or Flameback.


Maybe:

1 Clown
1 damsel
1 pygmy angel
1 basslet
1 small wrasse / Blenny (Bicolor, Tail Spot, some of the smaller Fang Blennies?)
1 goby and shrimp pair

(?)
So sounds like I can have quite the amount of small fish, just not quite suited for larger fish :)

I definitely want a pair of clowns, and some sort of Pygmy angle sounds like a great centerpiece fish! I would have to do some looking at the other fish listed, but thanks for the help!
 
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I would definitely look into getting a wrasse. It will bring a lot of personality to you tank. Maybe a Blue Spotted Jawfish... a dwarf angle.. a few shrimp... 2 or 3 firefish
 
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