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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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2 gallon tank idea

Hey.
I have a 2 gallon tank that is not in use. Ist made for salt water. Do you have any ideas for som animals I put in. It would be fun to have salt or brackish water. I'm not very experienced with aquariums, so not to hard, or expensive.
Hope you can help.

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Bumblebee gobies? They're brackish, cheap, easily available, and really cool.

Just one idea. There are many options, though. I'm sure others will chime in...
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Shrimp are always fun to watch. Cherry shrimp are pretty hardy if you don't have much experience... :-)
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Isnt bumblebees to big. What about Clibanarius africanus. Is that to big?
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Hawaiian red shrimp. Hardy, eat algae off the glass so eventually only a bit of spirulina from time to time...Can keep java fern and other brackish plants with them if you stay under 1.010. Can make a great rock scape either way.
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It would be dum to make a reef aquarium, in a tank that small, and with so little experience?
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Yes, nano reefs are rather difficult.
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Re: 2 gallon tank idea

Having a pico reef isnt incredibly hard. I have a 2 gallon fluval spec with a baby clown (stand down clown police, he's going in my biocube 14 once it cycles) and some soft corals. You need to stay on top of water changes and topping off with RO water. I didn't have any reef experience before setting it up. Just do your research before deciding to do anything. I would suggest doing only inverts in such a small tank. If you really want a fish I would only really consider putting a yellow clown goby in the tank because they are not very active fish.

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Thanks. I have only tought about some small corals and crostations.
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2 gallon tank idea

How about sand, live rock, Opae Ula shrimp.

If you're not experienced, don't try anything too difficult! Plain and simple.

Make sure before you buy livestock, you buy test kits.

You need a hydrometer, API saltwater test kit, PH kit, GH/KH kit, TDS Meter.

Luckily after you get these things, they're good for years

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Bumblebee gobies? They're brackish, cheap, easily available, and really cool.

Just one idea. There are many options, though. I'm sure others will chime in...
Bumblebee gobies in a 2g tank??!

Why in seven hells would you suggest that. Read before recommending.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...978&pcatid=978

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So I should dump The idea of a reef tank?
Is there room for opae ula and some brackish snails?
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So I should dump The idea of a reef tank?
Is there room for opae ula and some brackish snails?
Depends on what snails. Like a single Nerite? Probably.

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Bumblebee gobies in a 2g tank??!

Why in seven hells would you suggest that. Read before recommending.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...978&pcatid=978
Gee, I dunno, maybe it's that I think my 30+ years in the hobby, including 10+ in the trade, gives me the right to draw on my experience rather than just parroting something I found on a website? BBs are small, and not very active. A few would be fine in a properly maintained 2g. I don't think the OP is interested, so it's irrelevant. But you might slow down on breaking out the flamethrower next time. It's possible to politely disagree.
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2 gallon tank idea

I could easily say something far more inflammatory. It is incredulous someone would suggest two territorial fish, however small, in a standard 2g.

I could see one in a 6g, but multiple need far more.

Some people think because they worked in a pet store, they can suggest dumb ideas. Well I don't think it's acceptable to pitch something so terrible to someone with little experience.

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