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Old 06-02-2004, 06:23 AM   #11
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I think 6line means they excrete waste, not extract. : )
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:26 AM   #12
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The fish helps by extracting waste ecspecially ammonia.

I think you mean "excreting" not "extracting"
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:29 AM   #13
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I'd say stick with inverts if that's your desire. I have a crab and mantis tank that required almost no maintenance.
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I'm a big fan of listing the Pro's and Con's in a way that makes it easy to see what the reason for or against something would be. So....

Reasons to get fish.

1. Asthetics
2. Feed the bacteria cycle.

Reasons not to get the fish.
1. Some smaller fishes, such as Wrasses are notorious jumpers.
2. While the waste the excrete does feed the bacteria, it will also put a higher bio load in the tank for the bacteria to bring down. The inverts are much less demanding on the bio-load capabilites and would require signifigantly less bio filtration.
3. Expense verses the instability of smaller tanks. The expense of a 25.00 fish going into a tank that may or may not be able to handle the load can get very expensive not to mention frustrating if it has to be replaced frequently.


My suggestion....put some really cool inverts in the tank and enjoy!
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Just to clarify I love fish! That's the reason for the concern, just don't want them dying or not living a happy life, just because I think they're cute. I think I'll just stick with inverts only in the nano. I wiil have a 100gal soon enough, I can get my fish fix then.
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Some smaller fishes, such as Wrasses are notorious jumpers
I have a hood covering the entire top of the tank, but getting these little guys to take an Advil can be difficult at times.
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I still say go for it! a little cardnail or even if its a Goby.
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