Do I do the obligatory clownfish as the first fish? Help a freshwater guy out

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I’m a long time freshwater planted tank guy. This is my second time going into the salt side. It’s a Waterbox AIO 35.2 (33 gallons).

I do a lot of research and, from what I can see, 99% of the time, newbies seem to start with the obligatory two clownfish. This isn’t a thing on the freshwater side so it’s curious to me that SO many people start with the clownfish first.

I realize it must be because they are hardy, easily available, cheap and VERY recognizable (Nemo!). I get it. I like them too.

My question is, should I buck the trend and start with another fish? Am I doomed to follow the crowd down the clownfish route?

What would you do???

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Resounding NO on clownfish.

They are typically very aggressive. I will personally never keep another one. Your stocking schedule should be from least aggressive to most aggressive.
Any suggestions? I was thinking a blenny but thought they may get lonely as the first fish.
 

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Any suggestions? I was thinking a blenny but thought they may get lonely as the first fish.
Firefish, Yellow Watchman Goby, Opossum Wrasse, Blennies are cool, but may not go well with the goby

Fish with similar body types and real estate preferences tend to compete.
 

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I love my clowns because they are a mated pair and usually stick together. It depends on what you want to have in the tank. I would decide that overall and go from there. You do need to put them in the tank from least aggressive to most aggressive.
 
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I’m a long time freshwater planted tank guy. This is my second time going into the salt side. It’s a Waterbox AIO 35.2 (33 gallons).

I do a lot of research and, from what I can see, 99% of the time, newbies seem to start with the obligatory two clownfish. This isn’t a thing on the freshwater side so it’s curious to me that SO many people start with the clownfish first.

I realize it must be because they are hardy, easily available, cheap and VERY recognizable (Nemo!). I get it. I like them too.

My question is, should I buck the trend and start with another fish? Am I doomed to follow the crowd down the clownfish route?

What would you do???

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I’m a long time freshwater planted tank guy. This is my second time going into the salt side. It’s a Waterbox AIO 35.2 (33 gallons).

I do a lot of research and, from what I can see, 99% of the time, newbies seem to start with the obligatory two clownfish. This isn’t a thing on the freshwater side so it’s curious to me that SO many people start with the clownfish first.

I realize it must be because they are hardy, easily available, cheap and VERY recognizable (Nemo!). I get it. I like them too.

My question is, should I buck the trend and start with another fish? Am I doomed to follow the crowd down the clownfish route?

What would you do???

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I love my clowns. I got a pair of mochas and they are so fun to watch, and come up to me whenever I go to the tank. Very entertaining fish. They try to eat the water as I do water changes.. also like playing in the wavemaker…lol.
 

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I come from freshwater as well and I was drawn to clown fish because I think they are very interesting and colorful fish. I also want to have an anemone down the line and hope it will host the clowns.

It’s really up to you. If you don’t like them, don’t add them to your tank.
 
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Start with whatever fish you want as long as it isn't something sensitive or has certain requirements.

People like clownfish and there are 10000 designers and are everywhere so it is a common first pick up.

Plus they tend to be fairly interactive once settled.
 

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I’m a long time freshwater planted tank guy. This is my second time going into the salt side. It’s a Waterbox AIO 35.2 (33 gallons).

I do a lot of research and, from what I can see, 99% of the time, newbies seem to start with the obligatory two clownfish. This isn’t a thing on the freshwater side so it’s curious to me that SO many people start with the clownfish first.

I realize it must be because they are hardy, easily available, cheap and VERY recognizable (Nemo!). I get it. I like them too.

My question is, should I buck the trend and start with another fish? Am I doomed to follow the crowd down the clownfish route?

What would you do???
Clown fish are a first choice for a variety of reasons, being hardy is one. Popular because of pictures you see everywhere and then there is the movie.
If you like them, then I say go for it.
Just remember they live a very long time. I have a pair that I've had over 3 tanks for a total of 24 years
 
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Go with hardy and attractive and what you like. As far as personality, it really depends on the individual fish and an aquarist should always be ready to rehome someone if things aren't working out. A lot of hte clowns I have and have had are pretty docile compared to many other fish. But keep in mind persoanlities can change over time with all fish, especially as they become sexually mature. So initially, getting immature cowns I'd expect them to be relatively docile and adding new fish will be fairly straight forward compared to adding fish when you have a mature female prtecting a nest.
 
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