I am now an official SW aquarium keeper. I bought 2 tank raised ocellaris clownfish about 3 weeks ago and they have been in the aquarium about 2 weeks. They are eating eagerly and have already settled their dominance issues. In fact I am already seeing one of the fish growing faster than the other. They are the cutest things. Amazing personality and always at the front glass. The funniest thing I saw was: I have my 2 aquariums kiddie-corner to each other. I've seen the clownfish hanging out at the tank wall nearest my freshwater tank and my pearl gouramis were at the tank wall nearest the saltwater tank. Both sets of fish were swimming up and down in unison. I really wonder what each was thinking.
Current state of the tank is that I did lose one emerald crab. I don't know if he died as a result of an environmental issue or the other larger crab (now called Hannibal for obvious reasons) killed him. If it was environmental then it must have been transient as I didn't detect any change in salinity, ammonia, NitrIte, NitrAte, pH or dKH. All the other livestock seems to be doing well - except for a couple of dumb nerite snails that haven't been able to right themselves after falling, and a few dwarf ceriths that a couple of the hermits have evicted.
The issues I'm facing now are slowly rising phosphate levels contributing to the level of film alage (I need to clean the glass every 3 days) and 2 small patches (about the size of a dime) of hair algae. I think I'm at the "green algae" stage - about half of the live rock is covered with a calciferous bright (I mean fluorescent) green algae which the trochus snails seem to love. So I have a pound of GFO coming in the mail.
The guy I got the clownfish from is going to let me know when he gets a really good Royal Gramma in.
I love this hobby.