12-27-2006, 04:41 AM
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Ocellaris are not only the most peaceful, but also stay the smallest, so are better suited for a smaller tank. I will agree completely with everything said so far, and want to help stress that the smaller the tank the harder it will be to keep stable. Can a 10 gallon and clown be pulled off? Yes, if all you want in the tank is a clownfish, maybe a few snails and hermits. 10 gallons would do better with corals than with fish.
The larger the tank the easier it will be to take care of.
Clown fish average $26 - $30 around here, so price seems right. One thing to keep in mind is that salt water isn't "harder" but it is "different" and there is a lot to be learned to keep it healthy and stable. Expect to spend some money, as live rock can get quite expensive, and in such a small tank, you'll want as much as you can get in there. You could work with a good hang on filter, but you will have salt creep to deal with, more so with a hang on. You'll need a hydrometer to measure salinity/specific gravity, and because evaporation will cause more drastic changes in smaller tanks, you could be checking it as much as once/day.
I also would suggest planning to get your own set of liquid test kits for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, KH, and calcium. These will be important to have on hand, especially with a smaller tank. Anytime you have a problem, test readings are the first thing everyone will need to help you. Once you get used to saltwater, you will also learn to see warning signs in test results, so you can prevent problems from happening.
So, I will also encourage the idea of working with a larger tank, as large as you can afford/accomidate. Saltwater is addicting, and you can't fit as many fish into a tank as in freshwater, so it's easy to get overcrowded real quick in a small tank. In a nano, over crowded means expense and death. The bigger the tank the more you can have and the easier it is to keep.
Any help you need, please ask, we're all eager to help in any way we can.