Restocking thoughts on my 11 year old 150G

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nigeldcat

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Not a plan yet but beginning to flush out my thoughts on what I want. My 150G has been running for 11 years and over the last few years I lost some fish due to old age.

The remaining residents are a mated pair of Ocellaris Clowns, Eibli Angel, One Spot Foxface, Midas Blenny, and a Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp. Live rock and various polyp colonies, leather corals, and more green mushrooms than I care to talk about. I also have a sand bed.

Because of the Hawaii fish ban, replacing my old and big Kole Tang and Big Longnose Butterfly is off the table. I usually kept only one of any fish family to keep aggression low, i.e. 1 tang, 1 butterfly, 1 goby, 1 blenny, 1 dwarf angel, 1 wrasse, etc.

This time around I am leaning toward stocking more smaller fish and potentially exploring different Genuses within a Family such as multiple small gobies or multiple wrasses. Never had more than five chromis that did not get reduced down, but contemplating trying 11 or 13 to see if more is better.

I had a small Canthigaster puffer a couple of tanks and many years ago and it was one of my favorites, so thinking of adding a Canthigaster solandri (Blue Spot). I know it is not reef safe, but willing to take this risk. Also want to add a Royal Gramma and a Rainford Goby.

You can see where this is going, instead of large tank for a few larger fish, now a large tank with more smaller fish, variety, and activity.

Thoughts, suggestions, and criticism please?
 
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I find that six is a great starting number for chromis (and then you can build on that). Smaller colonies just seem to wither away over time for whatever reason.

I also like my anthias, damsels, dwarf angels and flame hawkfish. A mandarin dragonet is also a neat addition.
 
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