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Saltwater Tank Mate Tips

If you can't figure out what to put in your first saltwater reef and fish aquarium, follow our chart as a guide.

Tank Size Beginner Moderate Advanced
10-gal:
live rock marine fish aquarium

FISH
1- royal gramma
(Gramma loreto)

INVERTS
2- skunk cleaner shrimp
 (Lysmata amboinensis)
4- dwarf hermit crabs 

FISH
1- firefish
(Nemateleotris magnifica)
 
INVERTS
2- serpent stars
4- dwarf hermit crabs
4 - Astraea snails
FISH
1 – yellowheaded jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons)

INVERTS
2 - serpent stars
4- dwarf hermit crabs
4 - Astraea snails
20-gal:
live rock marine fish aquarium

FISH
1 – snowflake moray
(Echidna nebulosa)
 
INVERTS
10 – Astraea snails

FISH
1 painted frogfish
(Antennarius pictus)

INVERTS
2 - serpent stars
8 – dwarf hermit crabs

4 – tank-raised seahorses
(Hippocampus spp.)

INVERTS
8 – dwarf hermit crabs
2- skunk cleaner shrimp
(Lysmata amboinensis)
1 – Red seastar
(Fromia milleporella)

55-gal:
live rock marine fish aquarium

FISH
3 – pajama cardinalfish
(Sphaeramia nematoptera)
2 – royal grammas (Gramma loreto)
2 – yellowtail damsels 
(Chrysiptera parasema)

INVERTS
1 – green star polyps
(Pachyclavularia spp.)
2- mushroom anemones (Discosoma spp.)
2- green zoanthids (Protopalythoa spp.)
2- serpent stars
12 – dwarf hermit crabs
10 – Astraea snails

FISH
 1 – Picasso trigger
(Rhinecanthus aculeatus)

INVERTS
No Inverts

FISH
1 – longnosed hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
1- forceps butterflyfish
(Forcipiger flavissimus)
1- bluespotted boxfish
(Ostracion meleagris)
1 – sharpnosed puffer 
(Canthigaster margaritata)

INVERTS
2- mushroom anemones (Discosoma spp.)
12 – dwarf hermit crabs
10 – Astraea snails

135-gal:
live rock marine fish aquarium

FISH
5 – green chromis (Chromis viridis)
6 – yellowhead jawfish
(Opistognathus aurifrons)
2 – firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica
2 – tank-raised ocellaris (false percula) clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris
2 – Banggai cardinal
(Pterapogon kauderni)
1- hippo tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

INVERTS
2- leather corals (Sarcophyton spp.)
2 – finger leather coral (Sinularia spp.
1 – tree coral (Litophyton spp.)
1 – green star polyps (Pachyclavularia spp.)
3- mushroom anemones (Discosoma spp.)
3- green zoanthids (Protopalythoa spp.)
2 – trumpet coral (Caulastrea spp.)
6- serpent stars
18 – dwarf hermit crabs
25 – Astraea snails
2- skunk cleaner shrimp
(Lysmata amboinensis)

FISH
3 – yellowtail damsel
(Chrysiptera parasema)
1 – flame hawkfish
(Neocirrhites armatus)
6 – lyretail anthias
(Pseudanthias squamipinnis)
1 – yellow tang
(Zebrasoma flavescens)
1 – maroon clownfish
(Premnas biaculeatus)
1 – marine comet
(Calloplesiops altivelis)

INVERTS
2 – leather corals (Sarcophyton spp.)
1 – finger leather coral (Sinularia spp.)
1- lobed coral (Lobophytum spp.)
3 – waving hand coral (Xenia spp.)
1 – green star polyps (Pachyclavularia spp.)
1 – bubble coral
(Plerogyra sinuosa)
1 – octobubble coral
(Plerogyra lichtensteini)
1 – open brain coral (Trachyphyllia spp.)
1 – tiger pistol shrimp
18 – dwarf hermit crabs
25 – Astraea snails

FISH
6 -peach anthias
(Pseudanthias dispar)
3 – blue damselfish
    1 male: 2 females
(Chrysiptera cyanea)
1- copperbanded butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)
1 – foxface rabbitfish
(Siganus vulpinus)
1- emperor angelfish
(Pomacanthus imperator)

INVERTS
2 – lobed brain coral (Lobophyllia spp.)
2 – frogspawn coral
(Euphyllia divisa)
1 – anchor coral (Euphyllia ancora)
2 – meat polyp corals (Scolymia spp.)
1 – fox coral (Nemenzophyllia spp.)
1 – moon coral (Favia spp.)
18 – dwarf hermit crabs
25 – Astraea snails

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mark simmons    mt vernon, OH

9/3/2011 7:26:40 PM

I think this was very useful since i have never had any thing other than gold fish

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