New to Salt, new tank to me and questions of course.

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    DobermanPure

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    So I have a new tank. 150 gal that has been established for about 2 years. Prior owners are moving out of state and needed to get rid of it. Its not the perfect set up but works for now for me. I am going to be upgrading a few things in the future. Like the HOB skimmer and a canister filter to a refugium. I have a protein skimmer.

    Anyway, what I am trying to ask is do I have too many fish? here is my stocking list:
    Kole yellow eye Tang
    Orange shoulder Tang
    2 yellow tail damsels
    2 3 stripe damsel
    1 Ocellaris
    1 huge carpet anemone ( I kid you not its 12" across)
    2 bubble tip anemone
    1 big orange starfish
    and a bunch of turbo snails and hermits.
    300ish lbs of live rock

    They all seem to get along but I do not want to overload my tank.

    Current numbers are:
    temp 79
    Ammonia 0.0
    Nitrate 0.0
    Nitrite0.0
    Salinity 1.026

    Can't believe the numbers after draining the tank, moving it and 90% of the water, refilling it and re-stocking it, which I was up till 2:30 in the morning getting it all back up and running. Wow, I didn't screw it up! LOL

    So, do I have too many live critters? I was thinking about adding some kind of cleaner shrimp and maybe 1 more tang. Opinions??
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Oh you are nowhere near overstocked, my friend!

    A good rule of thumb is 1 fish per 10 gallons. You have a ways to go. Although you have a few big fish, you also have several smaller fish too, so obviously if you had a lot of big fish, you'd overstock faster.

    I think another tang would be fine, but tangs in the same genus as each other tend to fight. The kole is a Ctenochaetus tang, and the orange shoulder is an Acanthurus, so you'd want to get something other than a fish from those genii. The orange shoulder will outgrow a 150 eventually (believe it or not) but I think it'd be fine in your tank for quite a while. They don't grow THAT fast.

    Here is a good page to check out your options:
    Surgeonfish: Tang Fish, Yellow Tangs and other Surgeons

    Pay attention to the required minimum tank size though, as there are several tangs that are too big for a 150. But most will be fine in that size tank. :)
     
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    DobermanPure

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    Awesome!! I was worried I was over loading the tank.

    Prolly the only other tang will be a blue tang ( its what the wifey wants :D )

    I never knew the orange shoulder could get that big, that is good to know. Man you guys are great! Thanks Bifferwine!
     
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    Any pics of the setup?
     
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    Smitty

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    Welcome aboard...sounds like an awesome setup.
     
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    Kelz88 Got Reef?

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    Im gonna tell you right now skip those damsels. They are ... for lack of a better word. Big buttheads lol :)

    Welcome
     
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    I would replace the damsels with chromis, still a schooling fish but waaay nice

    However, looks like a great set up! Lets see some picks!
     
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    Kelz88 Got Reef?

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    Also if you get chromis, make sure they are all roughly about the same size. Otherwise, things get mean quick lol trust me on this one.
     
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    OK, so I have been putzing around with the tank and decided to take a break and snap some pics. So here they are:
     

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    You ain't kidding, I got rid of one, working on getting rid of the other 3 stripe. They are complete buttheads! No wonder the LFS only wants $6 for em..... Now the yellow tails are ok and don't bother anything.
     
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