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Old 04-01-2007, 01:26 AM   #1
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Any suggestions for a fairly large, centerpiece, reef safe fish? Anything other than a tang, btw. Love them, but I'm not sure they are right for me. I know other people will use butterflies, angels, or triggers, but those aren't really reef safe, and I don't want to take the risk. I'm not sure that there is anything that meets this criteria, but I thought I'd ask anyways just in case I'm forgetting about a different species. Also, its a 75 gal tank. TIA.
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Old 04-01-2007, 01:33 AM   #2
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Hmmm...

Flasher or Fairy wrasses, sunburst anthias ( if you can take care of it )

Thats about all I can thing of other than tangs and angels as centerpiece fish.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:27 AM   #3
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-There are some interesting and beautiful wrasses on:

http://liveaquaria.com/product/scateg.cfm?pCatId=1378

-The only problem is they may not be as big as you want them to be. Just a suggestion. HTH
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I like lionfish as a centerpiece fish..depends on what other fish are in the tank though.
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Old 04-01-2007, 03:48 PM   #5
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Lionfish aren't reef safe are they? Even if they were I don't like to risk anything JMO
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They are reef safe. I have had two huge lions in my reef in the past and they were by far, my favorites. Of course, you must be comfortable with your choices, and if you arent comfortable with a lion then you shouldnt even ponder owning one.
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I've never thought of lions as reef safe, but I see what your saying Hara. Reef safe in the sense they will not bother clams/corals I assume. Any other inverts(ie crabs, shrimp) or fish are pretty much guaranteed to be eaten, right?
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That is what I though too Mike....I'd like to hear a bit more on your experience with the lions Hara, and what you had in the tank with them!
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Shrimp would be toast. Snails and crabs were ok. I attempted a school of chromis once...he ate 7 in one night. all the other fish were larger, tangs, rabbit, butterfly and a marine betta.

The first one was in mid gulp with a pink spotted watchman goby and I smacked the tank glass and he literally coughed it back out and the fish was fine and lived forever after in my sump.

Corals were never disturbed and the lion was huge when it passed on.
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Hmm...I definitely may have to look into the lion. I had always considered one, just not with the reef. Always just assumed I'd have to do an aggressive tank to have one.

Although I don't know how the boyfriend would feel because then he would definitely have to do all the work in the tank. Being severely allergic to fish & insect stings, you think I would have chosen a different hobby...but you know, you love what you can't have

Thanks for all the suggestions, it definitely helped & opened my eyes to a couple different possibilities. Much appreciation.
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