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Tiny fish options

Postby ALangman » Thu 17 Sep, 2015 6:20 pm

Hi All,

Are there any recommendations for tiny fish species? Say 2 to 3cm full size? I'd like to have a school of fish in my tank and my 300L tank can only hold so much...

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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby oceanarium » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 10:01 am

I think the lack of answer there in lies the answer :roflmao: I could not think of any that school.

Some suggestions that may help for some tiny fishes though;

Coral goby's like citron
Cling fishes like the urchin clingfish heaps of movement and interest.
There are some interesting tiny dragonets they often hitch hike with live rock collectors, though i suspect you will need for one to be ordered for you. They are not often sold as they disappear into shop tanks that are not often set up for tiny fishes.

Schooling shrimps might also be worth a thought ?
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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby Iain3 » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 10:47 am

Hulafish, I've never seen one for sale, but they are native to NSW, and are being captive bred for aquariums in the US. You may be able to get a collectors license, or find someone with a collectors license.

They are a small goby species, about 3" adult size, and they school in the wild.

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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby ALangman » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 11:07 am

Thanks :)
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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby pebbles » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 3:11 pm

There are a number of 2-3cm fish, especially gobies that can be kept as multiples; but can't really think of schooling species of that size. :-s I've found having a number of small fish in addition to larger open water swimmers makes for more interesting viewing, too.

I currently have some Trimma species. Extremely small (about 1.5cm) so I quickly realised anything in my LR could eat them. :angel: When released I thought a male anthia was about to get a costly snack. ;) But they survived. The good thing about them is they kinda hang out together, are very visible, not shy at all, but....are a tad boring. Grow to a maximum of an inch and apparently have relatively short lifespans. :devil: I have seen some very pretty Eviota species too, which might be suitable in multiples and some species associate with certain corals.

OTOH the white tiger goby (priolepsis nocturna) at 3cm, is fascinating to watch and flutters around the underside of crevices and coral. I'd gladly add a few more of these guys. Beautiful fish in person, but can be cryptic or somewhat shy depending on your livestock. Looking at bigger fish (around 5cm), it's hard to go past a tiger blenny. Colourful, always visible but don't think a group of these would be wise... I have two and the dominant fish is intensely coloured but bullies his companion (and not in a good way either).

The other thing to remember with all the really small stuff is to trap any opportunistic crabs before adding the fish!

Anyway, hope this and the previous posts give you some ideas.

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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby ALangman » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 3:33 pm

Thanks :)
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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby chromus » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 4:06 pm

pebbles wrote:I currently have some Trimma species. Extremely small (about 1.5cm) so I quickly realised anything in my LR could eat them. :angel: When released I thought a male anthia was about to get a costly snack. ;) But they survived. The good thing about them is they kinda hang out together, are very visible, not shy at all, but....are a tad boring. Grow to a maximum of an inch and apparently have relatively short lifespans. :devil: I have seen some very pretty Eviota species too, which might be suitable in multiples and some species associate with certain corals.


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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby Rod the Reefer » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 4:15 pm

:stupid: come on Angie, I'm interested for my tank now.

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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby Narcosis » Fri 18 Sep, 2015 5:56 pm

:withyou: :withyou: Would love to see some Trimma species!!
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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby pebbles » Sat 19 Sep, 2015 1:56 pm

Geeze, you lot are incorrigible.... But I will try :crossfingers:

BTW if my iPad falls in the tank while practising my photography skills, you three will be getting an invoice! ;)



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Re: Tiny fish options

Postby terbit » Sat 19 Sep, 2015 9:43 pm

pebbles wrote:Geeze, you lot are incorrigible.... But I will try :crossfingers:

BTW if my iPad falls in the tank while practising my photography skills, you three will be getting an invoice! ;)



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