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Old 12-02-2004, 12:53 PM   #1
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What small fish have the best personality?

I am in the process of picking out two fish for my 15g tank. I am not going to buy the fish until the end of this month, and may likely have to order them through a LFS which is going to take some time anyway. By the time I get the fish, I will have an additional 10 pounds of LR in the tank (roughly 22 pounds total), along with a protein skimmer. This tank will be almost 4 months old when the fish go in. I will be getting a Cleaner Shrimp at the same time as the fish as well.

I am looking for colorful fish with personality. When people look in the tank, I want them to see something interesting, not necessarily something swimming around all the time.

Here are my considerations (pics from www.liveaquaria.com):

Ocellaris Clown:


Firefish:


Royal Gramma:


Watchman Goby:


Yellowhead Jawfish:


Bicolor Blenny:


Pick two of the above, or reccomend something totally different if you want
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Old 12-02-2004, 12:57 PM   #2
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orchid dotty back and neon dotty back are also very cool fish. they poke in and out of rock and swim in the open water areas. also a bi color blenny is small and neat to watch

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If I had my choice I would go with the clown and the gramma, or a pair of clowns. Not sure if the tank would be too small for the gramma though. Both choices would give you a lot of movement and personality.
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Check out the neon blue goby also. Maybe a mated pair if you can. Hangs out perched on rocks. Very small with big color.

I'm also pretty partial to blenny personality personality!! Bicolor (perches on the rock), vampire, canary. The last 2 swim in the open & have a venomous bite, so don't handle them when netting. Otherwise they pose no danger to you - only other fish that may try to attack them.
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a pair of Ocellarious clowns are great! Clowns really should be kept in pairs anyway. They are all waggily and cute, very alert! and ALWAYS hungry!
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I like bi color blennies, very curious and active fish.
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:36 PM   #7
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Get two of these!!!!!!!!



For personality it doesn't get any better than a jawfish!!!!!
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By popular request, I added the Bicolor Blenny to the list of considerations
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Personality wise my clown is great. His jokes suck tho'.
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I have two jawfish, and they have great personalities. I can watch for hours as they work on their burrows.
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