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The nano stocking dilemma

Postby DanMang » Mon 24 Aug, 2015 10:37 pm

Hi all, have had my aqua nano 40 running for over two years now, as a mixed reef with only a pair of skunk clowns. Everything is going great guns.

Have just had a new 40cm cube and sump built and am in the process of finalising my new build.

I'm wanting to add a new fish when the new setup is up and running, but have been 'ummming and argghhing' over what to add.

A few Candidates:
- yellow tail damsel fish (would it be too aggressive?)
- lawnmower blenny
- lime green wrasse (are they shrimp hasslers?)
- fire fish

I'm in no rush, just chasing some opinions on what fish people have successfully kept in smaller tanks. Have never been super keen on gobies.

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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby 555combo » Tue 25 Aug, 2015 9:12 am

I had a firefish (magnifica) for about 9 months till he disappeared. The purple ones (decora) look fantastic, and I was going to get one until the 3 year old saw and loved a small Lawnmower Blenny that we have now had for over 12 months.

I know the lawnmower will grow and become too big, and I will have to work out what to do at that point, but at the moment he is small enough, takes pellet and frozen foods fantastic and has a spectacular personality.

I would love a clown goby, but 3 fish is the absolute maximum I would ever put in a 60L, many would probably say too much already.
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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby fsamir » Tue 25 Aug, 2015 11:12 am

Here is my take:
- Clownfishes
- Firefishes
- Flame hawks
- Gobies
- Blennies


Damnsel will be aggressive. If you still want it, make it the last addition.
Wrassers are shrimp hasslers indeed, but you might get luck. Lime green are usually more aggressive IMO. They algo grow a lot. I would go Six line wrasser, instead.
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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby DanMang » Tue 25 Aug, 2015 4:07 pm

I have previously had a decora goby in my last nano, before of went missing after a tank move. Was an amazing fish. Definitely on the short list.

Have you ever kept Flame Hawks in a small tank Fsamir? I would have assumed they would need a substantially larger tank than 60ish litres.

I'm thinking I'll steer well clear of the wrasse family
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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby Vilante » Tue 25 Aug, 2015 5:31 pm

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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby Bigfellani5 » Fri 04 Sep, 2015 7:44 pm

Try bicolour blenny. Banana wrasse will probably be ok as well
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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby Brett240 » Fri 04 Sep, 2015 8:16 pm

I had 2 decora gobies in my old tank. Beautiful little fish that park up together in a cave when the lights get low.
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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby pitsta » Fri 04 Sep, 2015 11:20 pm

if you're worried about shrimp being hassled, stay far away from any hawkfish, they will eat your shrimp
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Re: The nano stocking dilemma

Postby DanMang » Wed 09 Sep, 2015 6:43 pm

Yeah I think I'll steer well clear of the hawkfish. A flame hawk one of my 'dream fish', dunno why, have just always loved their personalities and behavioural traits.

This will be the third addition to the tank and the very last. I've always hated seeing overstocked tanks, I find it to be cruel and very selfish of the hobbyist.

I'm still extremely drawn towards a damselfish over everything else suited to a tank my size. The only 2 varieties I would contemplate would be a Yellowtail or a neon/Allen's damsel. Have heard quite a few people say that they are on the whole a lot less aggressive than the rest of the family.
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