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Old 05-28-2015, 08:15 PM   #11
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Yeah it'll be our first experience with saltwater so we're trying not to do anything too drastic as we would like to preserve the lives of the animals we'll be getting
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Dunno where people are getting the "4 fish in a 10" thing, but we only plan on putting one solitary
Comes from a suggestion by other member(with 4000+ post?????)!!!!!!!
Skip the hermits and all crabs as they are pest!
I mean PEST!
In a species tank,fine with any coral I pay for ???Never again!
With your knowledge you will not have a hard time with salt.
After all the who hah it is way less effort and maintenance then ANY of my freshwater tanks!
For real!
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Comes from a suggestion by other member(with 4000+ post?????)!!!!!!!
Skip the hermits and all crabs as they are pest!
I mean PEST!
In a species tank,fine with any coral I pay for ???Never again!
With your knowledge you will not have a hard time with salt.
After all the who hah it is way less effort and maintenance then ANY of my freshwater tanks!
For real!
Ok, skip the crabs then! I just really want some shrimp, and anything else that will help with cleanup and bioturbation and be fun to watch!

So, anybody got answers about responsibly sourcing reef fish/corals? That's what I'm most worried about here. I think that if I can't find them locally, I'm definitely going to get captive-raised corals from liveaquaria. But I'm not sure about the fish.

Oh and still wondering about the filter too- would the 55 gallon filter be ok? It has an adjustable flow, so I could turn it down, but I'd really like more water movement.
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Ive been wanting some sort of shrimp as well.
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wrasse in a 10g isn't going to work wrasses can get nasty in small tanks ,
I never had issues with hermits just avoid the red leg , scarlet's would be your best choice
skunk shrimp is a must
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wrasse in a 10g isn't going to work wrasses can get nasty in small tanks ,
I never had issues with hermits just avoid the red leg , scarlet's would be your best choice
skunk shrimp is a must
But does it matter if they get nasty if it's just a solitary specimen? Will they damage corals? I'm really liking the look of the tanakas pygmy wrasse.
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I agree about reg leg hermits. Snail eating monsters. Blue leg, scarlet and many others are fine with snails tho.


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In a 10 I would keep 1 of a couple shrimp.
1 coralbanded(sounds familiar?)
1 cleaner(I have always had many in larger tanks but they(too) are not so species friendly in smaller tanks)
1 fire shrimp(Most expensive,totally cool hides more then all the others!)
ON the crab thing I have mis spoke!
I know of 1 good crab!
Still after 3 years in my 75 reef a porcelain crab(you need to check them out!).
I am not against Live aquaria even after hearing petco just bought them(but this may change)?
Get your fish there also if you can't find any local(or call visit me in Saratoga and I'll get you hooked up with good stock from my LFS!{Like 13 in my area!}




It didn't take long to banish my blue legged hermits either!
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In a 10 I would keep 1 of a couple shrimp.
1 coralbanded(sounds familiar?)
1 cleaner(I have always had many in larger tanks but they(too) are not so species friendly in smaller tanks)
1 fire shrimp(Most expensive,totally cool hides more then all the others!)
ON the crab thing I have mis spoke!
I know of 1 good crab!
Still after 3 years in my 75 reef a porcelain crab(you need to check them out!).
I am not against Live aquaria even after hearing petco just bought them(but this may change)?
Get your fish there also if you can't find any local(or call visit me in Saratoga and I'll get you hooked up with good stock from my LFS!{Like 13 in my area!}




It didn't take long to banish my blue legged hermits either!
I think I'll give the coral banded shrimp a try! And maybe a few of the less pesky hermit crabs. But I think a porcelain crab is too much for this tank, maybe. Thoughts? We're trying to keep the stocking pretty light on all sides so we can have a mix of corals, inverts, and our one fish. I'm doing research on corals on my own now and I'll surely be back with questions.

Any thoughts on the pygmy wrasse?
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Porcelains are filter feeders so would be one of the last added IMO anyways.
Not too much though IMO.
I have to look hard to find mine as it sits(hangs) in a rock cave that gets good flow.
Never owned a pygmy wrasse or I would add.
There really are no good hermits!
They won't kill your tank too fast to find out for your self but they irritated my corals (killed 2 for sure)and killed snails for no good reason,beside wanting that shell instead of the other 20 offered!)
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