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Old 11-14-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Can clownfish and yellow tailed damsels go together?

I have recently just started my first SW tank. It is a Fluval Spec V, 5 gallon tank. I am using damsels as starter fish and want to put in a clownfish (Nemo). I understand that the damsels are aggressive, and it would suck if a fish that is a whole lot cheaper causes a more expensive one to die.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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I've had 5 damsels with 2 clowns and the damsels just fought with each other. I've since removed them and it seems like the clowns roam around a lot more now. What size tank do you have?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #3
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5 gallon, it sits on my nightstand.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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All sorts of problems here...Clowns need a larger tank. I would be shocked if your damsels did not pick on them, and probably one another, in a tank that size.

5 gallons is going to be tough to keep parameters in check. More than one, maybe two, fish is going to create too large of a bio load.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:46 AM   #5
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i think even the damsels will out grow it but good luck
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If you are a newbie to saltwater it's best to start off with a 55 gallon or bigger cause it easy to maintain and to keep your levels perfect
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Looks like I'd better learn quickly then.
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I have recently just started my first SW tank. It is a Fluval Spec V, 5 gallon tank. I am using damsels as starter fish and want to put in a clownfish (Nemo). I understand that the damsels are aggressive, and it would suck if a fish that is a whole lot cheaper causes a more expensive one to die.
Sorry you cant have a "nemo" in a 5 gallon tank
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Looks like the poor little damsels are doomed then.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
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If you are insistant upon sticking with a five gallon (I understand space and money can be an issue for many) I would definitely consider doing a reef (coral). In that tank you're going to have to get rid of the damsels and probably have one fish (a small goby). However with a reef, it will be very interesting to look at with all the colors. Remember coral are still animals! Plus lots of inverts. Good luck.
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