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Old 01-13-2009, 05:50 PM   #11
 
Oh, and cody, you said clownfish would be ok in a 10 gallon, but I thought they needed a minimum of 30g
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:03 PM   #12
 
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Just one point. Regardless of what type of tank you want, the basics of how to maintain the proper water chemistry do not change. You want an aragonite sand bed, live rock, and a protein skimmer. This will be the basics of every marine aquarium you set up, regardless of size. (For aquariums under 20 gallons, activated carbon could be used instead of a protein skimmer, assuming regular water changes.)
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:04 PM   #13
 
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Ok i like the blue damsel idea

I would recommend

Amphiprion Ocellaris
any damselfish
Firefish
Purple Firefish
Chocolate Chip Starfish
Turbo Snails
Hermit Crabs
Neon Blue Gobie

ALSO DO NOT START SEAHORSES AS THEY ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP

START LOW PROFILE
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:14 PM   #14
 
Ok, I did some research and certain kinds of clownfish need bigger tanks than others. What do you think about a 10 gallon with a small clownfish, and a damsel of some sort?
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:16 PM   #15
 
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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.
SW snails do not breed very often, and if they do the offspring is usually consumed and the eggs are very visable. Look on the suggestions I listed.
Astreas are great for Veggie matter. I would get 5.
Nassarius are great for eating up leftover food, and stay in the sand. I would get 2.
Ceriths and Nerites are nice also.

The only time they should get eaten is if you introduce non-reef safe fish/inverts, or have hermits that don't have extra shells to switch into.

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Oh, and cody, you said clownfish would be ok in a 10 gallon, but I thought they needed a minimum of 30g
Not true, for False Percs and True Percs that is. Maroon, Tomato, Clarkii, etc, yes. Percs stay under or near 3", and a pair is fine in a 10G. I have one along with a YWG in my 10G.

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Just one point. Regardless of what type of tank you want, the basics of how to maintain the proper water chemistry do not change. You want an aragonite sand bed, live rock, and a protein skimmer. This will be the basics of every marine aquarium you set up, regardless of size. (For aquariums under 20 gallons, activated carbon could be used instead of a protein skimmer, assuming regular water changes.)
Great point.

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Ok i like the blue damsel idea

I would recommend

Amphiprion Ocellaris
any damselfish
Firefish
Purple Firefish
Chocolate Chip Starfish
Turbo Snails
Hermit Crabs
Neon Blue Gobie

ALSO DO NOT START SEAHORSES AS THEY ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP

START LOW PROFILE
No Turbo Snails. They get too large for a 10G, and will knock down your livestock.
Like I said, Damsels are the Devil's fish. No other answers.
Firefish are great, you could get one.
CC Star are terrible. They will attack fish, corals, and inverts.
Hermits are not needed are are just lazy 90% of the time. Fun to watch, though.
Good call on the goby.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:17 PM   #16
 
Thanks!

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #17
 
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Ok, I did some research and certain kinds of clownfish need bigger tanks than others. What do you think about a 10 gallon with a small clownfish, and a damsel of some sort?
And DO NOT get a Damsel, especially in a 10G with another specie of Damsel (yes, clowns are Damsels). They will attack and harass the others constantly, and then good luck trying to get it out after it is in. You can have one alone, if you want.

Be sure to not add any fish untill 2-3 months AFTER the cycle. CUC goes first. Second fish is 8+ months in.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:20 PM   #18
 
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Chocolate chip starfish are super pretty!! They looked kinda big tho..... They would be ok in a 10 gallon?
If you don't want fish, inverts, or corals, and only the CC star, then yes.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:35 PM   #19
 
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I would suggest just a single Yellow Tail or Blue Damsel, along with a few hermit crabs and snails. Add 6 or 7 pounds of NICE QUALITY live rock and you will have a very fun display that is full of life. Great for a 10 gallon. Add a small hang on filter with activated carbon and you are set.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:37 PM   #20
 
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If you don't want fish, inverts, or corals, and only the CC star, then yes.
ohhhh.... nevermind then
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