08-21-2008, 08:18 PM
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1. Catalina goby - great fish, hands down. Stays small too.
2. Firefish - Again, good fish. Very common and great for beggininers. Dont buy two unless it is a mated pair, though.
3. Helfrichi - Same as above, but very expensive (Often $130+ for one)
4. Chromis - I love these guys. These fish can actually form schools, instead of shoals, which is really cool to watch. They need at least 3, preferably 5 though to be happy.
5. Spotted Cardinalfish - I like this fish. Great personality and would do great, but dont mix with other Cardinals. The only downside is that they will 90% of the time only eat Frozen Food.
6. Chalk Black Bass - Unfamilar with this one.
7. Green Mandarin - Do not get one unless your tank is AT THE VERY LEAST 6 months old. More is way better. These guys absolutley need copepods, amphipods, and other pods to survive. Some wil leat nothing else, and msot will starve to death in a tank that is not well establised with pods.
8. Same as above.
9. Pipefish - Best for the seasoned aquarist, and should only be placed in specie only tanks, or with SeaHorses.
10. Fairy fish - Unfamilar with this one.
11. Royal Gramma - Very common fish and has great personality. I would reccomemd this. Also very godo for begginers. The only downside is that they produce a lot of waste, which should be fine for the tank size you have.
12. Wrasse - Unfamilar with this one.
13. Anemone - Try to stay away from anemones. Pasfur has soem great posts on why these should be avoided, so look for those.
14. Hermit crabs are fine.
Surprised you didnt add Clownfish. :)
Slugs? Would these be sea slugs, cucumbers, etc?
And reef is much more demanding. Lighting is always the biggest concern. Budget and helping you start out all depends on what you want to keep - Softies, LPS, SPS, small assorted reef, full out reef, etc.