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Old 07-10-2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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HELP! need help deciding on fish

Hey guys, im just getting in to saltwater aquariums. I've been doing a ton of research online and have read some books but I need some help deciding on fish and their compatibility. I currently have 2 ocellaris clown fish and am looking to build from there. Its a smaller tank, so nothing over 3-4 inches max growth and im looking for [B]3 more[B]Here are the fish that I'm looking at now, they are all available at the LFS

Midas blenny: my second favorite fish, love the color, swimming motion. Another option would be a tribal blenny

Royal gramma: love the colors

Banggai cardinal: love the stripes and quick darts

Long nosed hawkfish: third favorite fish but not sure about its worth having because they seem to want to eat everything

Coral beauty dwarf angel: love the colors
Flame dwarf angel: love the colors- seem to be a little more difficult to care for than the coral beauty

I would also like to get some cleaners like:

Lawnmower blenny/scooter blenny

Cleaner shrimp

Star fish.

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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Hi, welcome to the forum!

How large is your tank?
Are you gonna do a reef or just fish?
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Its a FOWLR and its 35 gallons
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I have had a royal gramma, they spend alot of time in the rocks, not a very "swimmy" fish. My lawnmower blenny has wonderful personality i def recommend them.
I like the midas blenny over the tribal, much more flow and I think prettier and more colorful.

The others are all fine fish too. lol I can see where you have trouble deciding.

Depending on the fish you pick I think you can get the 3 more that you are looking for.
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I'd go with a coral beauty or a flame angel as long as you're sure you won't want corals in the future. Dwarf angels are really fun to keep and have a ton of personality.
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I'd go with a coral beauty or a flame angel as long as you're sure you won't want corals in the future. Dwarf angels are really fun to keep and have a ton of personality.

Are they good with clowns & blenny's & Hawks?
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Dwarf Angels usually stay to themselves.
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thanks! and do the cleaners add to the bio load? (Can i have 5 fish and then have a few cleaners? and are scooter & lawnmower blennys considered cleaners?)
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I have many of what you mention in our new tank.

Lawnmower
Cleaner Shrimp
Clowns
Cards
Etc.

Photos can be seen here. Hope this helps

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Your cleaners won't add to your bioload.
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