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Old 07-23-2005, 05:06 AM   #1
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Today while shopping for books I found this book called: "The Consientious Marine Aquarist". I bought it and read some of it and I thought I could consider SW. I know it says in the book that a small tank is harder to care for but saltwater fish seemed so cool. The fish I am mos interested in is the fire fish. I want too keep the clown gobies, and clown fish. Do you think that 1 Firefish, 2 Clown Gobies,and 2 clownfish will be okay in a 10 gallon tank?15 gallon tank?20 gallon tank?
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20 maybe, 10 or 15 is too small. That may even be pushing the limits on a 20 gal. What kind of clown goby do you like?
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I like the look of those and the citrinis. I don't keep any though (for now ) Were you thinking of doing FO, FOWLR, or a reef?
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You may also want to check on the compatability of adding two gobies, and try to get a mated pair of clowns.
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That book is awesome. Just remember, the bigger the tank, the better. It helps keep the water quality higher, and allows for more fish. If you start with a small tank, you will probably end up replacing it shortly with a larger one!
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If you're going to use a small tank for your first foray into SW, you'll want to be conservative in your stocking levels. I would just put 1 firefish in a 10g; 1 firefish and 1 clownfish would be fine in a 20g, preferably a true or false percula. Most clownfish are very good choices for beginners. Not picky about food or water conditions, tank-bred - they can be territorial to conspecifics, so mated pairs are better if you want two. You'll want plenty of live rock, with lots of hiding spots for the firefish to dart in and out of.

Clown gobies are good choices for nano-reefs as they stay so small, but they really prefer to live in SPS (small polyp stony) corals which are not for beginners.
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What size tank would you guy reccomend for a beginner? In the book it reccomeds a 55 gallon tank.
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A 55 is a good size for starters and it allows you to get some larger fish. Smaller tanks can be done you just need to stay on top of maintenance.. Testing water, water changes, water top offs, not over stocking. Larger tanks are more forgiving to mistakes because of the larger water volume.
Not toping off in a small tank can lead to slainity/SG swings which can harm fish and corals.
Money is a big factor in which way you go.... SW is not a cheap hobby and to set a tank up right can cost some big$$$.
Do your homework and you will be fine if you take things slow..
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What test kits do I need for a FOWLR system?
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