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    I am totally new to all aquarium stuff I onlly hav a 10 gal with fresh water fish and thanks to all you guys it's a very good shape now. When learn enough, and save save some money I am planning to get salt water fish as well. Now my question is..... Can you mix a coral reef with fish or not? and why? since I usually see that you guys have a separate tank for coral.

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    You can mix some fish with a reef. Some species like to nibble on corals and will destroy your reef. Usually those fish are rather large and you woud only be able to keep them in a bigger tank. I'm getting my 10 gallon nano reef going on wednesday after class and plan on stocking a ocellaris clownfish, a goby, and maybe one other very small peaceful fish. I would wait for some of the more experienced reefists to post and help you plan out your tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkbite
    I am totally new to all aquarium stuff I onlly hav a 10 gal with fresh water fish and thanks to all you guys it's a very good shape now. When learn enough, and save save some money I am planning to get salt water fish as well. Now my question is..... Can you mix a coral reef with fish or not? and why? since I usually see that you guys have a separate tank for coral.

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    shark,
    These are all reef-safe fish. And these are some beginner corals and reef safe motile invertebrates. And these are zooanthids, which are also beginner corals.
    Thing is, shark, a coral reef aquarium must be VERY nutrient low, thus only a few fish can be kept in all but the largest tanks.
    Before you think about starting a marine tank, you really need to study the subject so you'll know what's required. There are several saltwater and marine reef books in my booklist. I'd suggest you invest in some of those before you consider a marine or marine reef tank. The learning curve is much, much, much steeper than the freshwater one. Also, the cost of startup is easily 10 to 20 times more than an equivalent freshwater tank, so you should take that into consideration.

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    Thank you guys. Dave66 I was checking out the link that you showed me and vividaquarums is already in my favorites maybe not soon but eventually I'll be trying to go for some coral, the truth is that this things are awesome and it sounds very interesting. I rather have this than a expensive dog specially that I am from Chicago and I don't want to take the dog out to do its needs I could take care of coral inside the comfort of my house. Thank you again.

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    where abouts in chicago? i am there now too.

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    You can mix any reef compatible fish with corals. Some fish are not reef-compatible, such as the Yellow tang from what I've heard.
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    yellow tang are one of the most reef compatible

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    I have a reef. I don't recommend tomato clowns at all as they will host anything including corals and may woller it to death. Tangs are good and blennies and gobys are good.

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    south side by midway where you at my friend??

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    To place fish in with coral, you must have reef compatible fish. You're in luck, because most of the beautiful SW fish out there happen to be reef-safe.
    I've heard that tangs/surgeons tend to nip at corals, and are not always reef compatible
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