36x18x24 tank, 192 watt half actinic lighting, 45 pounds of live rock, Red Sea protein skimmer w/ phosphate absorber, Penguin biowheel filter without carbon.
Read as much as you can. The internet is a great resource for information.
Black Ocellaris Clownfish,
Coral Beauty Angelfish,
African Dolosus Butterflyfish
Coral Banded Shrimp,
Orange Linckia Sea Star
Dwarf Hermit Crabs,
Evergreen Starburst Polyp,
Australian Big Polyp Blastomussa,
Red Grape Caulerpa,
Unidentified branching red algae,
and dead coral skeletons and barnacles
Crack would have been a cheaper hobby to take up.
We had a 20 gallon freshwater tank for 4 years, stepped up to a 55 several years ago, and ventured into saltwater in October '07. Our stands for both were designed and built by my husband.
When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue.
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try.
If your fish is suffering, you may want to consider euthanasia as an option to humanely end his pain.