Smallest Salt water beginner fish
What is the smallest salt water fish for ten gallon or less? And which ones could be kept without a heater?
I would look at LiveAquaria for fish and coral information. They have a really nice lay out and a credible resource. A ten gallon is quite small for SW but is very much possible. If you a beginner I would recommend something a bit larger if space allows for it. That makes it easier to keep water chemistry on balance. A heater is a must unless you live in a warm tropical place all year round (78F +). I would also recommend a controller on the heater in case of failure for such a small rank.
as a jumping off point, I'd recommend a really small damsel fish and a TON of live rock.. Of course, I'm not a reefer- this is only based on my own plans and what I've read...
maybe a yellowtail damsel?
Metal, does rain for most of the year count as tropical? o.o
I've looked at live aquaria, quite a bit actually. I love there gobies! Caralina is my fav.
Are any of these I should avoid?
Helfrichi Fire fish
Purple fire fish
Brown Clown (+1 for rhymes!)
Orange Stripe Pawn
Hi fin red banded
Swales Swiss Guard
Yellow Banded Possum
Tanakas Pygmy Wrasse
White Banded Possum
Inverts: (I <3 Starfish!)
Banded Coral Shrimp
Gold Banded Coral Shrimp
Blood Red Fire shrimp
Blue and Pink Seastar
Blue Texedo Urchin
Brittle Star. Fancy
Bumble Bee Snail
Electric Blue Hermit Crab
Electric Orange Hermit Crab
Hawaiian Feather Duster
Pin Cushion Urchin
Pom Pom Crab
Sand Sifting Sea Star
Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Serpent Sea Star
Sexy Anemone Shrimp
Spiny Star Astrea
Tank Bred Aspista Eating Shrimp
Tank bred Aspista Eating Shrimp Candy Cane
Zebra Turbo Snail
Yikes!!! That is long!! Sorry peeps! *blush*
Couple of watch outs.
Firefish are known to be jumpers, so a lid would be advisable.
In a 10g, if you plan on getting a Coral Banded Shrimp, that will be the only shrimp in that tank, as they will probably go after other shrimp.
Stay away from Camel Shrimp as they are unpredictable with corals.
Yay! My list is now narrowed down :p I'm going to skip dartfish
Thanks reef! Your so helpful with saltwater tanks.
Watch your temp with the Catalina, they prefer chillier waters. If you live somewhere that gets warm in the summer and don't want to invest in a chilller, I would skip this fish.
Also, if you want the sexy shrimp, he will eat any starfish you put in the tank. Same thing with the camel shrimp. I had a camel shrimp completely devour a sandsifting starfish in a week. He then devoured my serpent starfish.
def. need cool waters for the catalina goby, and i think i would also avoid all blennies and starfish. i dont think either will find enough food in this size tank and slowly starve out.
your going to want a heater and/or chiller ( depending your location ) to keep your temps steady. temps usually drop at night and in only say 8 gallons of water ( live rock displaces water ) thats going to be a large temp swing on a daily basis.
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