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Old 12-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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More swimming or more hiding space?

So after putting on my super long gloves, I decided to put in a new rock and do some re-arranging.
In a saltwater tank, is more preferable that the fish have more free, open space to swim, or better that there are lots of hiding places, tunnels, etc.
Or is this a matter of preference?
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I think it's a matter of what your fish are as what thy prefer
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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So after putting on my super long gloves, I decided to put in a new rock and do some re-arranging.
In a saltwater tank, is more preferable that the fish have more free, open space to swim, or better that there are lots of hiding places, tunnels, etc.
Or is this a matter of preference?
Depends on what fish. Smaller and vulnerable fish need lots of hiding spots. Your bigger fish such as tangs will prefer lots of room with lots of available grazing area. Its best to try and balance the tank out to give it a bit of both.
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I found with any fish even freshwater (discus) the more hiding spots the more often they come out... Sounds backwards but that's just my opinion
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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Well all of my fish are small (2 inches or smaller) and I would give them away once they reach 3". So it would be better to have more hiding spots and, to me, it is more visually interesting.
I will try this out and see how it goes, especially since I plan on adding a tiny regal blue tang (soon).
Also I am hoping more hiding spots will reduce the aggression between the two clowns.
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Why would you give them away when they get to 3 inches? Fish grow fast in decent conditions. What fish do you have and what tank size?
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Just a thought to add but wow catching a fish in a tank that full of rock is a task. Why catch them and rid of them at three inches ?
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I do not like big fish. I like it when they remain small and they seem so novel. Also it would be cruel to keep them in cramped conditions. I have 3 clowns, yellow cory (?) wrasse, yellow tang, and engineer goby.
2 days ago I took all the rocks out, and it was not too bad. It would be possible to catch them!
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Yellow coris*
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:25 PM   #10
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What size is the tank the tang would need a lot of swimming room so would concentrate on that depending on tank size
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