Best thing to put in 13.5g saltwater tank?

jkkgron2

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, I’m going to get a saltwater tank and I plan on buying the fluval evo 13.5 gallon. It will not have a protein skimmer (from what I’ve read small tanks don’t need one) at the start but I may buy one later on. I plan on buying 5lbs real reef rock to help start the cycle and 8lbs dry rock. I’ll also be getting 20lbs of Caribsea live sand. At the beginning I won’t be making any modifications to the filter, but in the future I might.

Right now I need to decide what I’m going to put in the tank. I’m really interested in corals, but I doubt they’re a good option for my first saltwater tank. I’m basically looking for the most hardy fish or inverts to put in the tank. So far I’m thinking of getting a pair of clownfish. Although, I would start out with one just to get the hang of things. I’m not really sure what else to add to the tank. Are there Any corals I could add? Or inverts? I’d prefer to add them a few weeks after adding the clown, but I understand that corals and some inverts can be very sensitive to new tanks.
 

AllAboutAngelfish

maybe a pajama cardinal i hear they are very good beginner fish for that size aquarium
 
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jkkgron2

Alright, the tank arrived and I’m going to be doing a 24 hour leak test. After that it’ll be put back away until Christmas, so I’ll have to wait awhile before I can actually start the tank. But, the tank looks great!
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ChrissFishes01

Alright, the tank arrived and I’m going to be doing a 24 hour leak test. After that it’ll be put back away until Christmas, so I’ll have to wait awhile before I can actually start the tank. But, the tank looks great!
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Looks awesome! I've always wanted to grab an AIO (specifically one of the Innovative Marine tanks) but, man, I just can't justify the price tag! They look so nice, though.
 
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jkkgron2

Is the Instant ocean reef crystals a good salt mix for my tank? It’s cheap, and seems to work well. I may still get the water from my LFS, but I’m looking at other options.
 
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ChrissFishes01

Is the Instant ocean reef crystals a good salt mix for my tank? It’s cheap, and seems to work well. I may still get the water from my LFS, but I’m looking at other options.
That's what I use.

I used to use Fritz RPM, and for a while I experimented with Red Sea, but I never saw any major difference in water quality. I'd just stick with one, and especially for a non-SPS dominant reef, I don't think you'll have issues.
 
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jkkgron2

That's what I use.

I used to use Fritz RPM, and for a while I experimented with Red Sea, but I never saw any major difference in water quality. I'd just stick with one, and especially for a non-SPS dominant reef, I don't think you'll have issues.
Alright, I’ll get that then. Thanks!
 
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Jesterrace

maybe a pajama cardinal i hear they are very good beginner fish for that size aquarium

Pajama Cardinals actually get pretty good sized after a few years though. Mine was about the size of a dime when I bought it and within a couple of years it has reached 3 inches. That's nothing compared to this monster I found at my LFS though (for comparison that is a 4 inch Yellow Tang and a 6 inch Blue Tang in the tank with it and it's about an inch thick):

 
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