08-31-2011, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by OddballFishCoveter
Hello saltwater fish keepers,
One or two Yellowhead Jawfish
3-5 Neon Gobies
And a CUC of:
a Green Lettuce Sea Slug
an Electric Blue Leg Hermit Crab and/or Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit
a Cerith Snail
Is this list too large for a 10 gallon? Are there species that are incompatible with each other?
I have personally never had issues with the Blue Leg Hermit species killing livestock, with the exception of snails, which they kill and take over their shells. That being said, I would suggest removing the crab, because the Cerith Snail will bring move value to the mix.
I have no experience withthe Green Lettuce Sea Slug, so I can't comment on that. However, the remainder of the list looks reasonable. The key is going to be establishing a good depth of sand and cramming that tank with live rock, while at the same time keeping enough water flow and circulation in the tank to prevent detritus buildup. This is what makes small tanks so difficult... nutrient accumulation is much more difficult to prevent, and usually leads to serious algae outbreaks long term. Your short term success, over a period of 12 to 18 months, shouldn't be to overwhelming.
All that being said, I would strongly consider a larger tank. Even if you have to go with a 20 extra high, which has the same floorprint as a 10 gallon, that would be better than a 10.