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Old 11-07-2003, 06:24 PM   #1
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good fish for a beginner

im looking into starting a tank and i was just reading a book the kinda put a damper on my idea it didnt say n e thing good about any kind of interesting fish they said that many were not good for beginners what kinds of fish in your guys opinions would be good for a fish time salt water aquarist
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Clowns are always a good choice if you get a healthy specimen. Green Chromis are really easy and mine have been very hardy for me. Also, I would say blennies are a pretty hardy starter fish as well. So there are a few ideas.

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Old 11-07-2003, 11:46 PM   #3
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depending on the size of your tank a triggerfish makes an excellent beginner fish. They are very hardy, very beautiful,and have a lot of personality, however they are aggressive.
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I agree that the Clownfish is a good choice. They are my first fish in the tank and the pair is still going strong. I do suggest that you get them in pairs. Seems easier on them that way.
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Old 11-08-2003, 11:10 AM   #5
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I have a clown that I have had for 9 years. Very hardy. My dog puffer did well too but some don't have as good of luck.
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Old 11-09-2003, 02:11 AM   #6
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how about a volitans lion? read that it is as tough as damsels...

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I have a clown that I have had for 9 years. Very hardy.
wow! hope my clowns also live that long!
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Old 11-09-2003, 02:25 AM   #7
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A lion fish would not be a good starter fish IMO, kind of a delicate fish and they are picky eaters.

I would recommend a clown fish, many varieties or a green chromis. Some will say that damselfish are great starters and for the most part they are hardy, but to aggressive.
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Bottom line is that damsels to start then clown fish. Damsels I have found are the best fish for long life and survivalbity. SOME people do even cycle there tanks with them and I have heard of people cycling and not even losing one fish. HTH
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:04 AM   #9
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I also agree you start with a clown fish, they are pretty hardy , but peaceful and really good starter fish. But if you only get one clownfish , you shouldnt get an aggresive fish because then tewnd to pick on lone warriors
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If you want any other fish in the tank, heed the advice and opt for Chromis instead of Damsels. They are nasty little buggers once they establish territory, even though they are pretty. My suggestion would be a few Green Chromis or a couple of clowns to start off.

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