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    When people think of fish with personality they think BIG fish like when you relate to f/w and there the Oscar is king of it. What people don't get is little fish have just as much if not more than the bigger fish. Some examples are Clownfish. There is nothing like when you walk into your fish room and he comes up to the glass as you put your face up to the glass and you see his little expression saying hi! You notice how they are grazing when you first come in but the moment they see you they are up at the front of the glass saying "here I am!" Another example is the Royal Gramma. This fish is always out and when a fish gets near it, it trys to show that he is hot stuff by opening up his mouth real big. Mine likes to nibble on my hand. A lawnmower blenny is hard to beat. This little fish has an expression out of this world. They look so sad but ours comes up to the front of the tank as soon as it sees you. Clown Gobies just are so cute and have that expression always on there face that makes them that way. I thought I would share some examples on why little fish can be as entertaining or more entertaining than like a lionfish or a large angelfish or tang. I see so many people who want to start a s/w but want these big fish and don't want to pay for all the tank and rock to support them. What they don't understand is these little fish are just as amazing. No they won't go out and eat other fish but what more can you ask for than about 5 peaceful s/w fish that are small nibbling out of your hand?

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    Good thoughts! Im days away from starting my first nano! I am slowly collecting the hardware right now...
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    How big? What equipment you have?

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    That's very true kuli.

    I find that almost all SW fish have better personalities than FW. But maybe it just seems that way.

    You can't beat goby expressions. Very funny.

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    Well, i dont want to kill your thread, but....

    10g, basic glass tank. putting a modified Aqua clear on the back...im basically copying this tank http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=679159

    I haven't bought anything yet, except for the tank, that is sitting around, so i could be talked into a cube or something...im still doing the homework stage of this adventure
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    I know what you mean.

    One of my smallest fish, a tail-spot blenny, is full of personality. My flame hawkfish is perhaps the most comical fish I have.

    But the one fish of mine that seems to have the most personality is my valentini puffer (more of a medium than small fish, I suppose). Now, I've got fish which may swim up to the glass or look in 'my direction' or 'at me', but this inquisitive puffer actually looks me straight in the eye.
    African cichlid and saltwater aquariums

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    Very nice. What type of light/corals do you plan on putting on it? I can answer a few questions for ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee
    I know what you mean.

    One of my smallest fish, a tail-spot blenny, is full of personality. My flame hawkfish is perhaps the most comical fish I have.

    But the one fish of mine that seems to have the most personality is my valentini puffer (more of a medium than small fish, I suppose). Now, I've got fish which may swim up to the glass or look in 'my direction' or 'at me', but this inquisitive puffer actually looks me straight in the eye.
    OMG puffers have SOOOO much personality! I want a puffer SOOO bad. My LFS had one for the longest and it had like a puppy face all the time going "feed me feed me!"

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    I know this thread is about the personality of saltwater fish but I have to mention my Synodontis. I love how I walk up to the tank and he comes out of wherever he is and we sit nose to nose looking at one another. I find this unusal for catfish who are generally sleeping during the day. We used to do this all the time until I put him in my planted tank and he then become scarce. I moved him back to his original tank because I missed him and this contact with him. I have two of these catfish but his friendliness definately makes him my favorite.

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    bicolour blennies have amazing personalities. Also, may blackcap basslet has a great personality

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