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Old 12-11-2005, 11:44 PM   #1
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Small schooling fish

I'm looking for some small schooling fish for a nano tank that I am setting up for a friend of mine. It is 6 gallons and while I know that it is small if there are fish out there small enough I think 3 would be ok. I have thought about neon gobies but they don't school and are also territorial. Any suggestions would be great.
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Only thing I could think of would be to start with really small Chromis, but I do not know if they will school with only 3. They will also grow too big n the long run. That many fish may be a real issue in a 6 gallon unless you have some really good filtration.
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yeah I know chromis were all I could think of either and they get way too big. It may end up being an inverts only tank, which is not a bad thing but the person I'm setting it up for would really like fish.
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I don't know of any schooling fish that can be housed in a 6 gallon. Chromis are the smallest schooling fish I can think of, but you can't keep a school of 3 in a 6 gallon. You could keep a small goby like a Clown goby or just inverts.
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A mated pair of neon blue gobies might be your only bet for more than one. If not mated, someone will die. A third would be deadly for one also.
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There is always a single clown, they are fun to watch and very vibrant. 6 gallons may be a bit small for them, you would really have to watch them closely as they grew.
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Just my .02 I think schooling fish are out. With a SW I think the best you are going to do is 1 maybe 2 small nano fish. Clown goby, and fire fish would be on the top of my list. A 6 gallon is even a little small for a clownfish IMO.

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yeah it is a small tank, but I could do a really nice display with it. I was hoping for a fish about the size of a neon goby. There probably are but no one probably bothers to catch them for the aquarium trade because they are not very colorful. I agree with it being to small for a clown fish given how my clown fish swims in my 29 gallon.
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Why a 6 gallon. The 12g nano cubes are out there for under $120 and comes with all the equipment you need.

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Your tank is too small for any kind of schooling fish. Even the 12 gallon also IMO.
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