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Old 02-11-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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what "show" fish can i use to finsish my stock

i am in the process of trying to choose my final stock of my 30 gal reef. i currently have:

1 yellow clown goby
1 royal gramma
1 true perc clown
a few snails and hermit crabs.


i need to choose a fish to finish off my tank. i think i would like to get another very small clown so my clown has someone to pair with. but i am unsure if this will work. i figure i would need to find a tiny 1/2" clown to put with his to make sure it sex's properly. but i would love to have some kind of "show" fish. i was looking at some dwarf angels but none seem to be reef safe. i would like something that will be visible most of the time or an active swimmer. i know i am limited by my size. but just looking for some suggestions. here is my tank for reference. its only 2 months old. i recently upgraded it from a 15 gal.



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Old 02-11-2013, 01:05 AM   #2
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I have a coral beauty that hasn't touched my corals yet. People say they are hit or miss but mine is great. He is always swimming around my tank and is very good looking IMO. They might stick close to the rock though, in my tank that is the whole tank pretty much. I like your rock scape a lot, I may try something like that on my upgrade, but I don't know if it would lead to a free swimming coral beauty or not.
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Fairy wrasses are nice or possum wrasse.
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I love the coral beauties. I would be very satisfied with one in my tank but I do worry about the corals being nipped at. Anyone else have any personal experience with them in a reef?
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Maybe some kind of tang?
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:58 PM   #6
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fire Flame angel is reef safe. But so is my Koran angel lol. But hes still young at about 5"

Also dont worry about the Clown fish yours is still young and they will figure out who will be female. If it hasnt been alone for awhile its probably still a male. Just get a clown thats much larger
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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Nice aquascaping there. At first glance, I said "Wow, looks much bigger than a 30 gallon tank". If you can get that response from someone looking at the photo, you did a real good job on your arrangement.

As far as a final fish to add, I would steer clear of dwarf angels. I know it is tempting, but you have a heavy emphasis on your tank being reef. With the small amount of space, picking on your corals will be very likely and I'm not sure if you are willing to make it worth the risk.

A sunburst anthias would be a nice addition. Or a fairy wrass of some sort.
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Had a coral beauty in my old tank. Never touched a thing.
Have a flame angel in my current tank. Never touched a thing. He is a great addition. Fantastic color and a lot of activity.
Let us know what you chose!
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My coral beauty is out all the time swimming all over, never hides or gets spooked and never touches my corals. I have zoas, mushrooms, a bunch if different LPS, etc. She's great!
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I had a coral beauty and a flame angel and they were model citizens for 4 yrs. But then one day they both went haywire and started eating my corals. They just about wrecked my reef as a matter of fact I had to tear it apart to get them out. Just because your angel is not munching on corals does not mean it will always be like that.
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