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post #1 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 02:34 PM
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.

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post #3 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 02:43 PM
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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?

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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.

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post #5 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #6 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Are any of these I should avoid?

Blennies:
Harptail
Tail Spot
Two Spot
Barnacle
White

Cardinal Fish:
Orange lined
Long Spined

Dartfish:
Firefish
Helfrichi Fire fish
Purple fire fish

Jawfish:
Yellow head

Gobies:
Neon Blue
Green clown
Brown Clown (+1 for rhymes!)
Yellow Clown
Green Banded
Citrinis Clown
Cave Transparent
Red Striped
Black Clown
Neon
Red Spotted
Orange Stripe Pawn
Orange Spotted
Wheelers Shrimp
Jaguar
Court Jester
Hectors
Red Head
Catalina <3
Hi fin red banded
Swales Swiss Guard


Wrasses:
Yellow Banded Possum
Tanakas Pygmy Wrasse
White Banded Possum

Inverts: (I <3 Starfish!)
Banded Coral Shrimp
Gold Banded Coral Shrimp
Blood Red Fire shrimp
Nerite Snails
Blue and Pink Seastar
Blue Texedo Urchin
Brittle Star. Fancy
Bumble Bee Snail
Camel Shrimp
Electric Blue Hermit Crab
Electric Orange Hermit Crab
Feather Duster
Hawaiian Feather Duster
Peppermint Shrimp
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
Turban Snail
Zebra Turbo Snail

Yikes!!! That is long!! Sorry peeps! *blush*

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post #7 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 11:59 PM
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.
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Yay! My list is now narrowed down :p I'm going to skip dartfish

Thanks reef! Your so helpful with saltwater tanks.

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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.



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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.
are you sure your not thinking of a harlequin shrimp?

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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