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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank
i want you to know i did exactly what you did size wise all the way down to the substrat selection , and although i was warned by these guys of the size we still tried and i killed 2 damsels and a clown fish , it was not due to any circulation nor water quality issue , but simply just way 2 little fir even the smallest fish i could find.
i do a few snails now with a bit of live rock a few hermit crabs , and about 6 nice easy low need pieces of coral , mainly Button polyps and mushrooms.
i understand the want to try it but the marine fish , even the smaller ones are so different in there needs from many FW species they really require much more tank it seems.
I hope you have good / Better luck than i did if you do go the fish rout.
Befor the clown fish went in id almost gotten a neon gobie or a clown gobie , they are both smaller creatures , but id just rather not kill another fish , iv tried and been defeated on this topic.
But i do love my little marine environment all the same , i have a Dragons eye polyp with close to 30 heads on it (my largest) it is all the time opening and closing and growing . its very nice and low maintenance , but not a busy tank like my FW aquariums in the least.
I gave some thought to removing the crabs and getting a small dwarf lobster like a
DEBELIUS' PURPLE REEF LOBSTER it is supposed to be reef safe if fed plenty and is the size of a FW cray fish.
good luck with your nano tank