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Old 03-26-2009, 07:34 PM   #11
 
Don't worry, small reef-ing is my subject (especially stocking-wise).

No clownfish can go in a 5G. A damsel can, but as stated, you can only have one. You can only have one fish, preferably no fish though, in that tank. Look up nano gobies such as the Clown Goby, Neon Goby, and my personal favorite, the Greenbanded Goby. You could have a mated pair, but unless you buy a pair ($$$), do not get two as it can lead to fights.

And as to your lighting, just make sure you have a flourescent bulb in there and you will be fine. Incandescent will lead to overheating and algae growth.

If you don't mind, could I have a picture of this tank? I feel like I *need* to see it... possibly to address something.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:59 PM   #12
 
ok, thank you! Sure you can have a picture... in 2 days when I get my phone back! lol..... What do you mean by u need to see it to address something? Also, I have no idea where to get a saltwater testing kit.... mine is only for freshwater.... so idk if its really accurate. I think one neon goby will be a good starter fish as they are very hardy! (correct me if I'm wrong tho... this is all stuff I am just now learning) thanks for all ur help, and pics as soon as possible!
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:09 PM   #13
 
You can get a SW testing kit anywhere you can get a FW test. But you will also need calcium and magnesium test kit, and a refractometer.

Neon gobies aren't what I call hardy, but it's not like they are sensitive either. Make sure you get one that eats.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:21 PM   #14
 
ok, thanks. Are they really picky eaters? Will sea monkeys be ok?
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #15
 
Also, greenbanded gobies look spectacular! I just don't know how easy it would be to get ahold of one. The website where I prefer to buy my fish from doesn't have any, and I want somewhere that I know the fish is happy and healthy. I think I could try Waldo pet store maybe.... anyway, All of these tanks for the living room won't be started till may, so no rush on time! Green chromis also look very cool, but as for tank size I'm not sure how they would do....
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:12 PM   #16
 
Don't get any SW fish from a Pet store. Do you not have any SW LFS near you? They can order anything you need.

You also cannot feed just one food item. Vary their diet with pellets, frozen mysis shrimp, and possibly frozen brine shrimp.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:23 PM   #17
 
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IMO you need to research and ask questions until may.

since you mentioned reef, your going to need better lighting. i would rather see 3 or 5 sexy shrimp in a 5 gallon then a fish.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:19 AM   #18
 
You could even do 7 Sexies in a tank that size.

But saying you re having a hard time finding gobies, you wont find these.
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:01 AM   #19
 
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To be honest, don't put a CC star with any fish or vice-versa. There are a ton of incidents that I know of that the CC star attacks fish, inverts, and corals.
Cody, I've always considered CC Starfish attaching fish to be urban legend. Inverts and corals,yes. But fish??? Have you actually seen this, or have you just heard stories? - M
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:20 PM   #20
 
Personally, no. Mainly because I never watch CC stars (I don't like them that much). But I am a member on another forum for reefing that has had plenty of incidents where the CC star just completely wipes out a tank of anything else living in it.
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