can a clown fish thrive in a 10 gallon?

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title...................................................................................................... except for keeping corals and inverts I would like those to with some live rock
 
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okay I just saw someone with a 10 gallon clownfish aquarium and wondered if I could do it to
 

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You can do anything you want, just doesn't mean you should.

Seriously, though, I think a lot of people don't research and so just don't know any better. Like the time I kept a platy, a common pleco, and a RTS in a 2.2 gallon shaped like a globe. (I think back to that now and I am horrified that I did that.) That was about 12 years ago.

Good for you for asking the questions and researching.
 
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okay
 

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lil0618 said:
title...................................................................................................... except for keeping corals and inverts I would like those to with some live rock
IMO a clownfish should have a 15-20 gallon tank, although some do keep them in 10 gallon tanks, it would not be my preference. A better choice would be a small goby like a yellow watchman, hI fin banded, clown or citron, etc. These gobies are less active swimmers and don't need a ton of space.

I didn't really understand the second part of your question. You mean that you would like to keep some corals, right? In that case, yes you will need live rock. You can buy plain aragonite sand (it will become live from the live rock and is a lot cheaper than bagged live sand), or you can do a barebottom tank. Just avoid crushed coral or gravel- these are too hard to keep clean in SW. A skimmer is not needed on a nano tank IMO. You can remove enough excess nutrients from the tank with weekly water changes, as long as you don't overstock and don't overfeed. Not using a skimmer will mean that you must stick to this schedule, though.

For corals, I'd suggest starting with some easy ones if you have never kept corals before. Zoanthids/palythoas and mushrooms are great starter corals for a 10 gallon. These have lower lighting requirements than a lot of other corals and are just easier to keep in general. What are your plans for lighting this tank? The fixture and bulb that came with the tank are almost certainly not adequate for corals.

Keep in mind that a 10 gallon, although very doable, is a small tank for a reef and is a lot less stable than a larger tank. It will need daily attention from you. As long as you're willing to put forth the effort, you shouldn't have much trouble with it. I've kept reefs in a 2.5 and 5.5 gallon with no problem.

The most important thing you can do right now is to continue to research!
 

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Great advice harpua.

Whilst I'm not keeping a sw yet, your advice supports everything I've been researching.
 

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Thanks Ryan, I have been keeping Saltwater reef tanks for just over 3 years now and there is always something more to learn.

lil0618, I forgot to mention, if you need any help choosing lighting or any other equipment for your tank, I will try to help if you want. Keep in mind, if the cost of lighting is too high right now, you can always start with just live rock and fish and upgrade the lighting later when you are ready to try corals.
 
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okay thanks harpua2002
 

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If you mean for it's entire life span, maybe an ocellaris cownfish. I had marrons in 10's before and they do great up until they start getting aorund 3". They start to get very territoria, specially if you have other fish with them. I suppose this is alway true since I moved mine to one of the 55's and he was fine for a few weeks, then it started doing the same thing.
 
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I heard they were semI not full aggresive toward each other( is anyone on the reef tank .com great site!)
 
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okay what can I do for 2 small fish?
 

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A clown goby and a small shrimp goby (hI fin banded, yellow watchman, yasha, tangaroa, etc.) would work ok.
 

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I heard they were semI not full aggresive toward each other( is anyone on the reef tank .com great site!)
Yeah, they are someof the least aggressive ones along with the Azure Damsels. You could check them out as they tend to be even more dosile than the yellow tail ones. They also grow fairly slow, min is still the same size from when I got it, about 1.5", he is in a 55g.
 
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In my personal opinion, I think you could do an Ocellaris Clownfish, Firefish, or a Cardinal. Two of them in any combination. Once again that's my personal opinion that has been draned by expereince.
thanks would a bangiI cardinal be ok?
 
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neverf mind its going to be a reptile enclosure for a leopard gecko
 

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lil0618 said:
neverf mind its going to be a reptile enclosure for a leopard gecko
Well sory to hear that since I love saltwater fish and not so much into reptiles. I did had a bearded dragon and a snake at one point.
 
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its just 10 gallons can not hold as much as I would like it to
 

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I'm hoping this thread stays alive a little longer as I'm in the same boat. From the research I've done, a shrimp goby with a pistol shrimp makes a great match. They have a symbiotic relationship that seems very interesting to watch. You can find videos on youtube showing this. Pretty much the shrimp is nearly blind so the goby watches out for predators and keeps the shrimp safe while the shrimp digs out a burrow and keeps it clean. The only problem I know of is that most gobies are known to be jumpers. Is that true? I would really love to own a pair like this but my tank isn't covered. What do you guys think?
 

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I'm hoping this thread stays alive a little longer as I'm in the same boat. From the research I've done, a shrimp goby with a pistol shrimp makes a great match. They have a symbiotic relationship that seems very interesting to watch. You can find videos on youtube showing this. Pretty much the shrimp is nearly blind so the goby watches out for predators and keeps the shrimp safe while the shrimp digs out a burrow and keeps it clean. The only problem I know of is that most gobies are known to be jumpers. Is that true? I would really love to own a pair like this but my tank isn't covered. What do you guys think?
The only concern is that is the goby jumps or not. Personally I am not sure I they jump or not.
 

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