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I am new here but have had a salt water aquarium hobby for over 30 years.

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It is a JBJ 45 gallon from back when they used bent glass. It is self contained with the sump system behind the false wall on the back. I run a protein skimmer & heater in the compartments in the back along with filter media (carbon) & bio-balls. I keep it simple. All that live rock is Fiji and about 20 years in my tank. I think that keeps it stable. I use an aqualife LED only with its build in controller that is about 10 years old.
 
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I only have 2 fish (with all the craziness in Hawaii going on). A dottyback & a coral beauty reef angel. The clown in the photo above was returned to the LFS due to aggressiveness. I have a rimless aquarium and have had a couple of 6 line wrasse jump out (I really liked them). I would like a 3rd fish - any suggestions?
 
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I only have 2 fish (with all the craziness in Hawaii going on). A dottyback & a coral beauty reef angel. The clown in the photo above was returned to the LFS due to aggressiveness. I have a rimless aquarium and have had a couple of 6 line wrasse jump out (I really liked them). I would like a 3rd fish - any suggestions?
Coral beauty? Have you had it eat coral? I suggest a pair of banggi cardinals or a blenny of some sort.
 
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My LED light is about 10 years old. Does anyone know how long they last? The reason I ask is back in the metal halide days, I had to replace the bulb before it burned out to maintain the intensity.
 
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Thank you! I will check them out. I have never had them before.
Awesome animals... do not tick them off though. They'll hop around like frogs. If you REALLY tick them off they emit a slime that gets everywhere. I had one do this when I tried to move him with a stick once.
 
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Does anyone have experience with a flame hawkfish? I have a coral beauty angel & a dottyback in a 45 gallon AIO. I have no top on the tank and one article I read said they may jump out.
 

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Does any one have suggestions for CUC that can dig & push the crushed coral bottom around? It is difficult to stir up myself with all the rock I have.
Nice tank, 30 years I am just shy of that, glad to see you sticking with the hobby. As for the sand bed, agree with a Conch, Fighting or Stawberry also does a nice job. Another suggestion would be Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber. Have had mine for about 15 years, it does a brilliant job stirring and 'cleaning' the bed....
 
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