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Old 09-03-2004, 10:58 PM   #1
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Reef+ angels= ?

i have a 90 gal. with LR and fish i was wondering if it would be okay to get either a Bicolour or a Flame or a Coral Beauty
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Old 09-04-2004, 08:20 AM   #2
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What kind of fish?

Getting a dwarf angel and having soft polyped corals can be a gamble. Some specific angels will snack on your corals every chance they get where as other angels of the same species will leave them alone.
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:23 AM   #3
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What dwarf angels wont snack on coral
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well my cb has trey the xenia in the tank but she dose not eat them. so it is really up to the fish.
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No angles are considered 100% reef-safe. The dwarf angels like the coral beauty, flame etc.. have been kept in reefs without problems, but not always the case. I have a coral beauty and it does not bother a thing. I just rid of my flame angel because it destroyed one of my xenia colonies (it is now coming back great!). You just never know, I think over time they will all look to your corals for a snack between meals.
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See thats the point. You coudl get a coral beauty, lemon peel, flame angel, etc and non of them eat your corals. After years of sucess the fish might pass away and you get a replacment and the only thing that angel will eat are your corals.

Each angel has the potental to make the corals a meal its just if they find them apitizing or not. I had a friend who had 3 flame angels and only 1 of them found his corals tasty. Of course that was the flame that survived the longest aswell. :|

Its a gamble that you can take. If you get the angel before the corals then you can acclomate them to a reef by slowly adding corals and seeing over time how the angel reacts.
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I am now in the "better safe then sorry" camp. I lost a ton of xenia and had to completely tear down my reef to get my flame angel out. It is a gamble I will not take again.
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my cb was the last thing i added to the the tank. all my corals had already be growing really good when she was put in.
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It's like a ticking timebomb if you ask me... if only we could tap them on the nose everytime till they learned not to do it, lol
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are there any equally beutiful and interesting fish that are reef safe besides tangs, clowns, wrasses?
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