Stocking 66 Gallon reef tank

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Hi, I recently set up a new 66 Gallon tank (about 3 months ago) and was wondering about stocking. I've only been in the Saltwater hobby for about a year and a half (5 years in freshwater). I've read a bunch of stuff about inches per gallon etc. but nothing consistent.The tank currently has 3 Chromis and 2 fire shrimp

My setup is a Marine Space MS90
It has:
A Sump
In Sump Skimmer
Chemi-Pure blue
Marinpure Bio balls
Wave Maker
2 Heaters (300W and 50W)
Thinking of adding refugium and/or reactor (probably calcium reactor)
Zetlight.

Fish I like: I want a pair of ocellaris (midnight or snowflakes), Chromis, Cardinal fish, Dartfish. Now for two Fish I would love to have: A Dwarf Angel (I realize the tank might be a bit small and that they aren't always reef safe) and a Black Cap Basslet.

Possible combinations:

Scenario 1: (Might be a bit much, but would be awesome)
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•3 Chromis (will be in all scenarios)
•2 Ocellaris
•3 Banggai Cardinals
•Flame Angel or lemonpeel
•Black Cap Basslet
•Fire Shrimp (will be in all scenarios)
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Scenario 2:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•3 Exquisite Firefish
•Goby
•Black Cap Basslet
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Scenario 3:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•2 Banggai Cardinals
•Flame or Lemonpeel angel
•Bicolor Blenny or 2 Firefish or Goby
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Scenario 4:
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•3 Chromis
•2 Ocellaris
•2 Banggai Cardinals
•Black Cap Basslet
•2 Firefish
•Goby

I realize most of these might be alot of fish, but the filtration system is rather effective and 1 or 2 waterchanges a week won't bother me. If anyone has any other suggestions or advice on my scenarios it would be awesome.
 
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RiaanP

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66 gallon.... you are in South Africa... its 250L. Wow you got me working early on a Monday morning.

Anyway, One dwarf angel would be fine in this size tank. Actually your stocking wishlist is far below stocking levels of some tanks around here.

More important, what size skimmer do you have?

Do you have options when the power goes out. That is more of an issue as overstocking will deplete oxygen levels far faster.
 

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Agree with Riaan, all those scenarios will leave the tank lightly stocked still, could easily add one dwarf angel. The Inch per gallon rule is not really a good rule of thumb, as some fish, like tangs, do require a lot more swimming space irrespective of size, while others do not swim a lot. Some dwarf angels are more reef safe than others, a lemon peel is probably one of worst in terms of reef safeness, very good chance it will nip some corals.
 

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