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SMALL BEGINNER SW fish?????
Old 01-12-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
 
SMALL BEGINNER SW fish?????

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Hi, I have been keeping freshwater fish for a while, and have done pretty well with them. I would really like to start a nano reef or something with some small, easy, beginner Saltwater fish. What do you think about Blue damsels??? Any other fish reccomended? If all goes well, in the future I would like to start a 5 gallon Dwarf Seahorse tank (I read that Dwarf seahorses NEED tanks between 2 and ten gallons, anything bigger is 2 big) , but I realize now that I will need a bit more experience first. Please help! I don't really know much about Saltwater, reefs, and live rocks, but I am doing some research. Please help! Suggestions? Advice???
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
 
We can't recommend fish untill we get a tank size.

But, about Damsels, do not purchase one unless you want it forever. They are called Blue DEVIL Damsels for a reason...

The only advice I can offer right now is to study, study, study, and study. Patience is the key to this hobby, and only bad things happen fast. Look around and get inspiration at other people's tanks, and just read up on everything. We can help you target what you need help on, because asking what you need is probably the most vague, "most-wide" question that can be asked.

Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:41 PM   #3
 
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Green chromis or lawnmower blennies are about the only fish I can think of for this tank size. Damsels are a pain to catch once you begin to regret keeping them. How about doing a SOWLR (snails only with live rocks)?
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:48 PM   #4
 
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Green chromis or lawnmower blennies are about the only fish I can think of for this tank size. Damsels are a pain to catch once you begin to regret keeping them. How about doing a SOWLR (snails only with live rocks)?
Sounds cool, the green chromis are sooo pretty!!! Will they get alon with a snail and some shrimp? If so what kinds do you reccomend for a 5 gallon?
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:49 PM   #5
 
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Green chromis or lawnmower blennies are about the only fish I can think of for this tank size. Damsels are a pain to catch once you begin to regret keeping them. How about doing a SOWLR (snails only with live rocks)?
Lol. I should have known...

Lawnmower Blennies are a bit risky in a tank this size IMO. They need a lot of algae or veggie matter in their diet, and grow somewhat large (~4").

I'll stock for a 10G...
-Clownfish
-Other Damsels
-Firefish
-The small Nano gobies (Clown, Green Banded, etc)
-Royal Gramma
-Sixline Wrasse (needs to be alone)
-Shrimp Gobies
-Some pseudochromis
-Chromis
-You can fit in one of the smaller, reef safe Frogfish if you really want to (Painted or Wartskin)
-Scooter Blenny (with caution)

Of course, not all of this. Only one fish to start, possibly two if your tank has matured past 6-8 months.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:51 PM   #6
 
And for a 5G...

-Nano Gobies
-A damsel
(one or the other)

All should get along fine with most snails like Astreas, Nassarius, Ceriths, Nerites, etc. A Peppermint or Skunk Cleaner shrimp can fit too. Hermits as well for a part of this CUC.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:08 PM   #7
 
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Hey, snails aren't bad. They're pretty to look at. Some people just overlook the natural beauties especially nerites. Vitta usnea is available around and can do well in SW conditions consuming algae effectively. Nerites absorb plenty of calcium so you may need to dose calcium to aid their very thick shells. There is no risk in overdosing calcium that I know of.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:13 PM   #8
 
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:21 PM   #9
 
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Hey, snails aren't bad. They're pretty to look at. Some people just overlook the natural beauties especially nerites. Vitta usnea is available around and can do well in SW conditions consuming algae effectively. Nerites absorb plenty of calcium so you may need to dose calcium to aid their very thick shells. There is no risk in overdosing calcium that I know of.
Oh, I wasn't saying they are bad. I am saying that Mr. Snail Master would be the first to mention it... lol.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #10
 
Thanks guys! today I went to my school library (it has everything) and got a bunch of books on marine aquariums. I am doing alot of research and stuff, and this sounds so cool! I think I will get a 10 gallon, not sure yet. I would like it if anyone can reccomend some peaceful snails that don't spread like wildfire, and will do well in a very small tank. I would also like snails that aren't likely to get eaten!! LOL! I will continue my research, and hopefully figure out how I want to set up my tank.
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