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Old 10-04-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Reef safe?

I am interested in having just a few hardy corals in my 75 gallon tank. However there are certain fish I want that I know are not considered reef safe, flame angel and an auriga butterfly. Would these fish be safe with mushrooms, green star polyps, and maybe 1 or 2 other corals. If not these are there any corals that would be safe with these fish?
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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research your fish and find out where it feeds. This will tell you allot as to what you can keep in your tank. Only problem is that in the wild a fish might swim a few hundred yards and munch on a coral here or there. In a confinded AQ he does not have those conditions and may go through all your corals no matter what you keep.
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TC is right. Unfortunately flame angels are prone to eat a lot of soft corals. I would keep looking at different fish, there are a lot of really nice looking reef safe fish out there.
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TC is right. Unfortunately flame angels are prone to eat a lot of soft corals. I would keep looking at different fish, there are a lot of really nice looking reef safe fish out there.
After touching nothing for 6 months my flame went through ALL my zoa in about 2 weeks but never touched my shrooms. I must be a glutten for punishment cause there was a BEAUTIFUL potter's I just had to have...he is more reef safe than a flame if there is such a thing as "more reef safe"
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The potters is more reef safe? Any taste for shrooms?
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IME, no angel is reef safe over the longterm.
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The potters is more reef safe? Any taste for shrooms?
he is supposed to be one of the most reef safe angels. It is sort of hit and miss. my flame didn't touch my shrooms but if he developed a taste I don't think he could keep up with their growth. but I didn't think he could eat all my zoa's in 2 weeks either.
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The only angels that are truly reef safe are the Genicanthus spp. With some others it is very hit and miss. One flame may never bother a thing, another will wipe out your tank worse than a trigger.
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Yeap, check out where and what it feeds on.....
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The only angels that are truly reef safe are the Genicanthus spp. With some others it is very hit and miss. One flame may never bother a thing, another will wipe out your tank worse than a trigger.
I agree. The Angels in the Genicanthus family are reef safe. These angels feed out of the water column like anthias. Which refers to what TC keeps mentioning.
I would not trust a flame angel and definitely would not trust an auriga butterfly.
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