Robert I’ll be in Maui in about two weeks any recommendations on places to check out?Great plan for your tank. I live in Hawaii. I am looking to populate my new Red Sea 75gal, I am on the windward side, and there are plenty of fish on this side. However, the access is much better on the Leeward side and that is where most of the gathering takes place. Most of the "gatherers" , stay well under the radar, because most folks consider harvesting for export kapu. The exception would be the awesome Sea Horse farm in Kailua-Kona. The have and ship various types of Sea Horses and various other local fish that they breed in house. They have a pretty good online inventory.
I Started with a 10g went to an 80g then a 180g now building an 800g. My advice is if you can afford a bigger aquarium now, do it before you spend the money on the 75gSo if I got a small one and let it grow and I got a bigger tank would that be fine? I've already went from a 29 to a 55 now doing a 75 so upgrading for me is not an issue haha.
Humu's do grow slowly, some say even painfully slow, so a 2" guy could live fine in a 75 for as long as a few years. They do get more aggressive as they mature and are quite active. Once they reach about 4" they would need at least a 125g, some can live in a 125g for years if lightly stocked with fish that can hold their own, depending on you stock maybe their whole life. Mine has been about 5" now for a couple of years, I rarely see them much more than 7", that's at 10 years, they can live going on 15 years in your tank.So if I got a small one and let it grow and I got a bigger tank would that be fine? I've already went from a 29 to a 55 now doing a 75 so upgrading for me is not an issue haha.