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Old 09-23-2005, 08:11 PM   #1
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Picking Fish????

I am setting up a reef aquarium and have done a lot of reading and researching. I am trying to decide what fish I want in my aquarium but have read a lot of things that contradictory. I am looking for fish that are are reef and invertabrate safe. The fish I am interested in are dwarf angel, butterfly, clown, tang, dragonet, and I was told by the guy at my aquarium store to start with a damsel because it is docile. I also like the triggers and puffers because there different but I have heard bad things. Which of these fish would be best? Can I introduce a puffer or trigger into the mix?
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Not considered 100% reef safe. Some people have kept them in reef tanks with no trouble. I have never found one that will leave my corals alone. It is always a gamble.
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Very few butterlies are actually reef safe. The ones that are are considered difficult to keep. I have a copperband in my reef and it leaves everything alone. It did clean out my feather duster population in the begining. Getting butterflies to readily accept prepared foods is a problem.
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clown
Perfect reef fish. They can be aggressive toward each other so do not mix species and if you want more then one, try to get a mated pair.
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Another good choice for a reef. Minimum of a 75gal tank for one tang. They need lots of swimming room. Also aggressive so mmake this the last addition.
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dragonet
These fish have very specific dietary needs and require a mature tank with LOTS of LR and a thriving pod population. A very poor choice for small or new tanks.
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I was told by the guy at my aquarium store to start with a damsel because it is docile
It kind of depends on the species, however, most damsels are very aggressive little fish and can terrorize other tank mates.
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Not if you want a reef with mobile inverts. They will eat any shrimp, crabs and snails in the tank.
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Thanks for all the info!

I keep all that in mind when I go to the store
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