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lhbruen
08/18/2011, 04:10 PM
I've had a newly started 10gallon running for roughly a month now, and have nothing but a DSB, live rock, and snails, with various hermits and small crabs. I'm in no rush to force any livestock into the system. I like planning these things ahead...
With that being said, I am curious to know from other nano aquarists what fish do well in tiny environments.

cmof29
08/18/2011, 04:16 PM
Clownfish or gobies.

thebkramer
08/18/2011, 04:19 PM
:bounce3: WELCOME TO RC & THE ADDICTION!! :bounce3:

with a 10g.. I would have to say.. one or maybe two clown gobies ;)
I have both the yellow clown goby & green clown goby... and I love their little personalities!! They would probably have more fun in a 10g (more secure)
IMO.. a 10g is too small for clownfish.. you could maybe do a pistol/goby pair in a 10g.. but I'm no expert :lol2:

I would take a look at www.liveaquaria.com for some ideas..

actually.. IMO... I would get rid of the crabs and maybe even do a sexy shrimp tank.. or pom pom crab tank.. they are alot of fun to watch too..

Good Luck!! and keep us up-to-date!!! :bounce3:

Edit:
here is the Nano Fish section
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=15+2124
the suggestions aren't "bible" but should help you ;)

fshaqrmman
08/18/2011, 04:23 PM
six line wrasse

lhbruen
08/18/2011, 04:36 PM
@fshaqrmman

I was contemplating a Six Line Wrasse. I've always admired them.

lhbruen
08/18/2011, 04:38 PM
Anyone have any comments on a Bangai Cardinal... just one?

kingfisher62
08/18/2011, 04:44 PM
An antennae goby would be an excellent choice for a 10G. I also agree with the clown goby recommendation. A firefish is a good choice also.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/Kingfish62/hifin442.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/Kingfish62/hifin423.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/Kingfish62/PICT0227-1.jpg

sporto0
08/18/2011, 04:45 PM
Neon Goby, friendly little fish.

snorvich
08/18/2011, 07:49 PM
Neon Goby, friendly little fish.

Excellent idea, even a pair.

snorvich
08/18/2011, 07:49 PM
An antennae goby would be an excellent choice for a 10G. I also agree with the clown goby recommendation. A firefish is a good choice also.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/Kingfish62/hifin442.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/Kingfish62/hifin423.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/Kingfish62/PICT0227-1.jpg

Wow, what nice pictures!!

kingfisher62
08/18/2011, 08:31 PM
Thank You!

Musing.Dog
08/18/2011, 11:34 PM
Anyone have any comments on a Bangai Cardinal... just one?

In my opinion, a 10 gallon is too small for a banghai cardinal. While they get about 3" long and aren't active swimmers, they are a stocky, thick fish. Just my two cents. As other posters added, there are many other species that are better suited for 10 gallon tanks.

CodeMan28
08/19/2011, 07:48 AM
i like watchmen gobys

Fishfriend1
08/19/2011, 08:40 AM
My personal fav is the Firefish. Adorable little fellas.

demonnite57
08/19/2011, 09:21 AM
Firefish are good ones as well, but every single I've ever had has decided that they liked listening to the Siren's call of my carpet.

Fish Biscuit
08/19/2011, 09:55 AM
10g is too small for a clown, I have a 12g & wanted clowns too but I'm glad I went with smaller fish.

Firefish, blennies, & gobies all good suggestions.

I went w/ a tailspot blenny & a goby/pistol pair. Steve recommended the goby/pistol pair. If you go w/ the goby & pistol be prepared for all the construction going on, these kids never stop working & every few days change the opening to their cave. They hid alot the first few weeks but come out all the time for breakfast now.

sucker_fish
08/19/2011, 10:05 AM
+1 for the goby/pitol pair, sure they would like your DSB, also the clown gobies, they dont require large tanks and they are full of personality, cool little guys to watch.

Agu
08/19/2011, 03:17 PM
10g is too small for a clown, I have a 12g & wanted clowns too but I'm glad I went with smaller fish.

Although smaller fish are a good idea Oscellaris pairs do quite well in a 10 gallon. (if it's not filled to the brim with rock and coral.) However that's a full load in a 10 gallon tank.

laugh
08/19/2011, 04:27 PM
Rainfords goby, pajama cardinal, citron goby, yellow watchmen and pistol pair are hard to beat.

jong11
08/19/2011, 05:56 PM
I have a pair of oscellaris in my 10 gal and they are doing fine.

lhbruen
08/20/2011, 09:22 AM
Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll think about those choices, and hopefully, others will throw in their opinions. Personally, I'm looking for a fish(es) that can swim about, and does this throughout the day. Though I like gobies, they spend too much time on the floor, which is what I'm trying to avoid.

lhbruen
08/20/2011, 11:00 AM
I'll upload pictures of my aquarium shortly.

lhbruen
08/20/2011, 11:09 AM
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08/20/2011, 11:18 AM
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Russter
08/20/2011, 11:22 AM
Very nice looking aquascape, but I would be concerned about any metals leaching from your flat rocks.

lhbruen
08/20/2011, 11:24 AM
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The most noticeable inhabitants in my nano, so far, are Astraea Snails and local hermits. Not pictured are an incredible amount of tiny, microorganisms, small crabs and even smaller snails.

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lhbruen
08/20/2011, 11:25 AM
The flat rocks are believed to be slate rock. Could this cause harm?

Jlobo
08/20/2011, 11:32 AM
My avatar shows my yellow clown goby. Wonderful fish. I also have a purple firefish that I like and a sexy shrimp pair. The clown and shrimp are my faves.

Russter
08/20/2011, 11:36 AM
The flat rocks are believed to be slate rock. Could this cause harm?

From wikipedia:

Slate is mainly composed of quartz and muscovite or illite, often along with biotite, chlorite, hematite, and pyrite and, less frequently, apatite, graphite, kaolin, magnetite, tourmaline, or zircon as well as feldspar. Occasionally, as in the purple slates of North Wales, ferrous reduction spheres form around iron nuclei, leaving a light green spotted texture. These spheres are sometimes deformed by a subsequent applied stress field to ovoids, which appear as ellipses when viewed on a cleavage plane of the specimen.

I know that certain metals (like copper) can kill your invertibrates and harm your fishes in a high enough dosage. My uneducated guess would be that it would not be recomended for your reef aquarium as some invertebrates are especially sensitive to these types of things. Someone else will have to chime in as to the toxicity of the above.

lhbruen
08/20/2011, 11:45 AM
Thanks for the info...

dzhuo
08/20/2011, 04:24 PM
Consider a group of Coryphopterus personatus aka masked goby. For a 10g, you can get 4 to 6. They are transparent with red markings. With good quality food, the red markings can become very intensive. The male has long dorsal fin and the spawning event is spectacular. Unlike most fish, they give live birth at night.

http://reefguide.org/pix/glassgoby1.jpg

I used to keep a group of them in my 10g nano:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/dzhuo/old%2010g/old-10g-fts2.jpg

Andyjs
08/20/2011, 04:33 PM
Not to hijack, but I'm new too and looking for answers to this same question. How do those masked gobies do with other fish? If I put a small group of them in my 14 would I have room for another fish or two?

dzhuo
08/20/2011, 05:47 PM
How do those masked gobies do with other fish?

They are not aggressive and won't bother any other fish, shrimp or corals. However, the males do seem to develop their own territory and not liking others venturing in. The territorial display is not harmful and the mating pair will sleep together in a cave at night.


If I put a small group of them in my 14 would I have room for another fish or two?

Yes for a 14g. I would be comfortable getting a group of 4 masked gobies with another small fish.

Andyjs
08/20/2011, 07:20 PM
Thanks for the info! I may try to find some of these guys once my tank is ready for fish.

kingfisher62
08/20/2011, 07:43 PM
As russter mentioned ,I too am concerned with that rock . I would get this from bulk reef supply or something similar.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/products/eco-rox-fiji-dry-rock

You really should have a more porouse rock such as dry rock and or Liverock to act as a biological filter .

lhbruen
09/29/2011, 02:17 PM
I've recently added some new additions. Thank you all for the suggestions. I went with the Six Line Wrasse. Plus, I added some store bought and local invertebrates. The tank is doing very well.

dzhuo
09/29/2011, 02:52 PM
Did you ask what starfish it's and what it eats?

lhbruen
09/29/2011, 03:01 PM
That's a local starfish I caught. It's been feeding off of baby brine shrimp and particles in the water; pretty easy.

dzhuo
09/29/2011, 03:24 PM
I hope it's a Echinaster spinulosus and not Gomophia egyptiaca.