I Think I May Want To Start A Saltwater Aquarium for Orchid Dottybacks

Zach72202

So I have been thinking about it more and more lately. I am really thinking about doing it. I have experience with some salt, as I have brackish tanks for my Green Spotted Puffer and my Figure 8 Puffers, but I may way to do a simple reef aquarium- nothing too fancy.

If anybody knows me, I like to breed fish. I have freshwater species that I enjoy to work with and am slowly working on breeding, but a few fish catch my eye in the saltwater world. Outside of the porcupine puffer, the only fish I am really interested in keeping is Orchid Dottybacks. Sure clowns are cool, but they would be a filler fish for me, at this point at least. I was dropping some guppies off at the LFS today and the manager mentioned to me that dottybacks are being bred and captivity, which really got me interested. I have read the general post about them on fishlore here, and I have somewhat made a plan. Kinda just looking for general information here. I have summized that keeping more than 2 in the minimum "30 gallons" isn't exactly realistic, let alone if I want to get other fish.

The current idea of mine is: Which isn't much

40B or 55G Tank
Enough orchid dottybacks to attempt breeding? 2? Get them as juvis
Probably a few fire gobys- those are cool right?

Live rock
Green Star Polyps Coral
Whatever other cheap easy corals?

No Sump! I do not like them. Going for 'low tech'
I have no idea what light to even think about- Preferably affordable.
Filter- Appropriately Sized Fluval HOB
Aquatop Xyclone HOB Protein Skimmer.
Some kind of internal powerhead?

All in all, I think going in with this general plan wouldn't end in total disaster, but wouldn't be optimal. Hoping to get some feedback!

Thank you for reading!
 

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