Upgrading to a much larger tank (475 gal)... help with stocking ideas?

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Regal angels are my favorite semi-reef safe angel. I have a blue spotted puffer in my tank, he is awesome. I love beautiful fish but I also love the '*****' fish: orange spotted rabbitfish, mystery wrasse, this puffer.
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That puffer is beautiful!
My LFS just notified me of a brown spotted rabbit fish available from a rehome! Outgrew previous tank. He says it’s a super healthy and chill specimen. I’m assuming it’s same as orange spot. I’m seriously considering adding it!
 
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I heard that blue-spotted puffers will eat vermetid snails. If that is the case then I need one ASAP.
My copper band decimated my vermatid snails and tube worm infestation in a matter of just a few days. Took down quite a few aiptasia too. Now he only really likes to eat black worms but I don’t mind, as long as he keeps those pests away.
 
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C2C make really nice tanks. I went with an acrylic tank in almost the same dimensions .... and I’ve got over 100 fish (though 60 are damsels). Had I gone glass, it would have been C2C. Minh is right, even an eight foot tank gets too small for Naso genus tanks surprisingly quickly .... same for the queen angel. I tend to prefer the Pacific/Indian Ocean angels anyhow. Quoyi is a really tough fish to keep beyond about six months unless you have a very calm tank. It simply does not compete well for food with aggressive eaters like tangs and angels. Pyramids/zoster are excellent choices .... I have a bunch in my tank.
I’d love to see some pics of your pyramid/zoster group! And thanks for that info on the quoyi. I think I’ll pass on that for now.
 
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@jkentfite - yellow coris wrasse are vibrant, but have you considered a Vlorik’s wrasse instead? I love their coloration & pattern. Also a single Blotchy Anthias is striking & stands out in a tank. Mine got more & more beautiful as it matured.


@ThRoewer I looked up your Regal Angel primer on another forum. Since I’m not a member I couldn’t view the male / female photos. Could you please use these pics to identify if this Regal is male or female?

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@jkentfite - yellow coris wrasse are vibrant, but have you considered a Vlorik’s wrasse instead? I love their coloration & pattern. Also a single Blotchy Anthias is striking & stands out in a tank. Mine got more & more beautiful as it matured.


@ThRoewer I looked up your Regal Angel primer on another forum. Since I’m not a member I couldn’t view the male / female photos. Could you please use these pics to identify if this Regal is male or female?

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I hadn't thought of those - I'll have to look into them! I already have the yellow coris. Very cool fish, I love to catch them burrow in the sand at night.
 
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I hadn't thought of those - I'll have to look into them! I already have the yellow coris. Very cool fish, I love to catch them burrow in the sand at night.
I should have read more carefully that you already had yellow coris. The Vloriks would not be compatible with the coris. I'm not surprised your Blotchy Anthias is your favorite-they are so unique!
 
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I should have read more carefully that you already had yellow coris. The Vloriks would not be compatible with the coris. I'm not surprised your Blotchy Anthias is your favorite-they are so unique!
Do you know if a mystery or Melanarus would be? I seem to recall seeing a very in depth wrasse comparability chart somewhere but can’t seem to find it.
 

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I had a small female Melanarus & male Vloriks that got along. Lost male Vloriks to a spinal injury. But I'm pretty sure I read that evolved (wrasse expert) not to put Vloriks with Melanarus.
Mystery wrasse are beautiful but aggressive.

Evolved has great fairy wrasse compatability chart.
Do this:
Put together wish list of wrasses you are interested in along with any you have. Then tag for help from evolved or eatbreakfast . They can tell you of possible compatability issues & could make suggestions.
 

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See above for experts that could help you.
Here is the fairy wrasse chart:
 

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Just ordered a 96 x 36 x 32 (~475 gal) from C2C aquariums. I'm super excited.

Current set up is a 200 gallon mixed reef with:
5 inch purple tang (the boss)
6.5 inch blue hippo tang (the pig)
4 inch foxface
5 inch copperband butterfly
2x Ocellaris clownfish (a fancy misbar and black snowflake)

Blotched anthia (maybe my fav fish)

other smaller fish:
royal gramma
leopard wrasse
yellow coris wrasse
redhead solon wrasse
yellow watchman goby

1 large longspine urchin
various snails/fighting conchs
a couple small hermits who i could give or take...


Here's what I am thinking of adding:

Naso/blonde naso tang
Group of yellow tangs
Achilles tang (maybe too aggressive I've heard)
Powder Brown Tang
Harlequin Tusk
Quoyi parrotfish
Emperor/Queen/Goldflake/Blueline angelfish?
Bellus angelfish (pair)
Potters and/or coral beauty
Yellow pyramid zoster butterfly (pair/few)
Crosshatch trigger (pair)
Squareback anthias (group 5-6)
Wrasses: Labouts, Melanarus, Christmas, other?
Any suggestions on reef safe puffer?
Dartfish?

I realize I would not be able to do ALL of the above list. Some like the tusk and the parrotfish I know are risky but I'm sure I want to try. I'm a little hesitant because I know how risky the large angels can be but gosh I think they're stunning and would love one...

Appreciate any advice or recs you all have. Thanks in advance. I'll try to start a build thread as soon as we make some progress. Going to be a lot of fun.

-Kent

(PS my last post didn't get much traction so this is a repost with a new title *shrug*)
harlquein tusk + clownfish = dead clownfish
 

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harlquein tusk + clownfish = dead clownfish
Not true. I always have clowns and Harlequin Tusk. My HT never eat any small fish unless I drop the fish in disoriented right in front of him.
Adding small fish and shrimp using acclimation box result in no problem. I release them as the light go down and the HT went to sleep behind the rocks
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Should consider
Diamond Tail Flasher
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Regal angel
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Black leopard
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vrolik wrass
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Eightline flasher
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Blue throat fairy
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Naoko fairy
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radiant wrass
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Leopard wrasse male
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china
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PBT. Much better in large tank like yiur’s
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male China wrasse
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Of course CBB
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