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Old 09-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #11
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I'll second the Anthias/Any schooling fish. I think a nice group of smaller fish may be better then one large show fish.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #12
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Don't athisas need more room?
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:37 PM   #13
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Don't athisas need more room?
Yes they have species that can be kept in a small tank if housed alone . But IMO they are a very delicate fish , shy eaters .
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Most do, but some of the smaller ones would do alright in a 55 as long as there is plenty of room in the water column to swim.
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Yes they have species that can be kept in a small tank if housed alone . But IMO they are a very delicate fish , shy eaters .
I know you probably know this, just clarifying for posterity sake. Anthias should never be housed "alone" they are a social fish and do well in groups. They can be kept in a species only tank. Most aren't shy eaters so much as they are finicky eaters. No two groups will eat the same thing it seems and you'll have to find the food that works best for you. Only buy anthias that are fat & happy, and ask your LFS what they are eating well. You'll also do well to feed them smaller portions more regularly throughout the day. (3-5) They are highly active fish with a fast metabolism, and will benefit more. Also "small tank" should never be anything smaller then a 50 gallon or 48" long tank for maximum 3-4 fish. They really need to jet around quite a bit to be happy.
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Yea I always wanted them very pretty but I'm busy and 2 feedings a day would be a hassle for me
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #17
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How bout a tilefish?
Tilefish, huh? Hadn't even thought of those. The blue headed one is really pretty. I've never seen them in any of my lfs... Think I'll have to special order this. Thanks!!! That might be the one.
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Uh-oh. Tilefish need to burrow? That might be a problem. Does anyone know if they burrow a lot and all over or just one small burrow? Afraid he might run into my pistol of he burrows a lot. That could end up with him getting "shot". That's worrisome.
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