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Old 01-17-2016, 09:54 AM   #1
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Best non-aggressive fish to put in a new saltwater?

I have a marine 30 gallon tank that has a maturing biological filter. I currently have one small ocellaris clownfish. What are some good brightly colored inhabitants I can add after it cycles? Been looking at dwarf angels and blennies.
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30g is probably to small even for dwarf angels??
Royal gramma(Gramma loreto) rule and are easy peasy and relatively cheap.
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That's a big question....LOL

+1 on the royal gramma, just be certain you get a gramma and not a bi-color dottyback. They have very similar body shape and coloring, but the bi-color has a definite line separating the colors and on a gramma the colors blend into one another.
Bi-color dottybacks are VERY aggressive, so you don't want to make that mistake...LOL

A blennie would work as long as you keep in mind it's mature size and get one suited to your tank.
A dwarf angel could work, but as mentioned your tank may be too small and could elicit territorial aggression from the angel. But I suggest you wait on attempting one until your tank is at least 6 months along stable.
What are the actual dimensions of the tank because that could also be a determining factor. A long rectangular tank opens more possibilities than say a cube or hexagon.

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I wouldn't put a dwarf angel in such a small tank. It wouldn't end well. I would stick to 'nano' fish, which actually has a section to browse on liveaquaria's site. SOmething like a chalk bass would be a nice fit probably.
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Royal grammas are awesome!! Mines so cool. Fire fish are nice peaceful fish too, just wanna make sure you have a top to your tank. If you have the cash helfrichis are fantastic looking


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I have a rectangular 30 long by 18 high by 12 wide, my dealer said that a flame angel was fine, and I read they are not aggressive fish. I have actually been thinking about firefish, but have never seen a royal gramma at my dealer.

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Indigo dottyback?

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Angels are butt heads. I have a potters in my 40 and he's definitely king of the tank.


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they are pretty feisty and if with mellow fish, they harass relentlessly.
pretty much the opposite of peaceful.

I've had two and that is how they both were/are,
but they are darn pretty fish, why I keep trying them...LOL
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Maybe I'm lucky? Mine is with a purple firefish and Clown with no trouble, he is the least dominant fish in the tank (20 gallon), perhaps I just got lucky. Mine isn't very shy either.

Edit to add: saw a royal gramma mentioned, my gramma was more aggressive than the dottyback. Which again is housed with a Clown with no aggression issues.

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