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Old 06-01-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
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Do I need fish?

I have a Nano with all inverts. Should I have a fish of some sort to balance things out? I have plenty of inverts to take care of algae and detritus, but didn't know if the fish helped in some other way, other than asthetics.
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Old 06-01-2004, 01:50 PM   #2
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how big is the tank?
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Old 06-01-2004, 02:19 PM   #3
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12 gal. Shrooms, polyps and the usual cleanup crew. Does size matter?
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If you could care less about fish then I would say no. A fish would help keep the bacteria colonies stay stable. I think you can also achieve this with inverts so I would say NO you don't need a fish.
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but they are pretty
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:56 PM   #6
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A fish would help keep the bacteria colonies stay stable.
How would a fish help this?

I do like the fish, but the tank only holds about 9 gal SW and theres about 8lbs LR and all of the critters. Just seems a little cramped to me.
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nah. a cardnial would do well I think.

Fish help complete the "natural cycle." It gives you a fully functional Nano environment.
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I think a little 6 line wrasse would be neat. Also got bait how does the lighting do on your nano with the corals I am thinking about buying one myself.
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The fish helps by excreting waste ecspecially ammonia. This is what feeds the bacteria, also nitrites do the same. Inverts also produce waste but it is such small amounts it generally dosen't matter. If you don't want a fish don't get one, I think a fishless nano reef is smart thinking, to keep the water at its best.
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Also got bait how does the lighting do on your nano with the corals I am thinking about buying one myself.
Wouldn't put any anemone or SPS or clams, just 24W. They are now making retros for the lights now to accommodate some of these corals. Get some fans too.
These tanks come pre-drilled for 60mm fans. I just have shrooms, polyps, ricordias and some macros in there. Not going to upgrade lighting, goin to 100gal soon and I will use the nano as a QT tank or fuge. they're nice little units. Now you can get spray bars, fans, lights and a few other things for these tanks. With the growing popularity, they are coming out with some cool mods for everybody's specific needs.
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