Originally Posted by Gregcoyote
Only one golden rule...proceed with caution or disappointment and wasted money is in the future. That's why this forum is good IMO
. The LFS
wants to sell you as much as you can carry out or they aren't very good businessmen. That being said, there are some starter fish that you should go with. A puffer or a tang are not close to being starter fish. I know you want them, but trust us, there will be a time, but not now. Keep reading threads here and you will hear true stories about people's success's and some failures. With tangs in particular. There is one common thread, those that stuck with it and let there tanks season and their knowledge build are successful. I wish when I started in saltwater many years ago, I had access to the knowledge there is available now. I would have spent far less money and many, many fish wouldn't have been wasted in my learning curve.
Couldnt agree more...thanks to the advice i found here, my first sw
build took over 4 months before i even filled up the tank. Within the next almost 5 months, we only added 3 fish. As a result, in almost a year of reefing only one fish has died. The way to go is SLOW! I thank the people here and Severum Mama for really getting that point across.
And back to the thread topic, ahh i really dislike when fish jump and die...like i REALLY dislike it! It is such a waste of money, time, and life! Ive never had a jumper but i read about them all day it seems. I just dont see why people dont add a little netting to the hood. Honestly, ANYTHING can jump it seems! Eels, clowns, gobies, any wrasse, most blennys, hawkfish, dartfish, etc all have the potential to jump..i hate the idea of risking it!
But that being said, i dont think ive ever heard of a cardinalfish jumping...but maybe im wrong