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Old 04-24-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
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Racoon Butterfly and Starfish?

Hello forum...my Yellow Tang has finally moved to the main tank, now I need to figure out what to get for the final two fish. I found a gorgeous Racoon Butterflyfish (juvenile) yesterday at the LFS and put a hold on it.

I *think* it should have sufficient room in my tank (75g, 80#LR) and be more or less compatible with the current piscine occupants (angel, 2 clowns, blenny, gramma and tang), but what about my Serpent Star? Even though she hides under a rock most of the time, I have read that butterflies like to snack at "benthic" invertebrates (whatever that means), so I suspect my crabs and snails might be vulnerable at times, but does this mean I should move the Serpent Star over to the fuge to protect her from the Racoon? Any cautions to observe when moving a reclusive starfish?

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In order of setup:

FW1-16g, 5 Zebra danios, 4 Pristella Tetras, 4 Black Skirt Tetras, 2 Gold Barbs, 1 Brush-nose Pleco
FW2-5g, 1 Baby Gold Marble Angel (raised from fry), 6 Zebra Danios
SW1-75g, (80# LR), Scarlett hermits, Turbo snails, Percula Clownfish (Gizmo), Oscellaris Clownfish (Whizzer), Indian Yellowtail Angelfish (Mikado), Royal Gramma (Orpheus), Black Sailfin Blenny (Casper), Yellow Tang (Pele), Racoon Butterflyfish (Raptor), Lyretail Anthia (Juliette)
FW3-30g, 2 mated Gold Marble Angels (Oscar/Yenta)
SW2-20g, QT, currently empty
FW4-30g, currently empty
FW5-20g, 2 Gold Angels (non-paired)
SW3-35g (REFUGIUM for SW1) - EVIL ChocChipStar, Nassarius and Turbo snails
SW4-55g, 4 BlueGreen Chromis, King's Crown snail.
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Old 04-25-2005, 07:21 PM   #2
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I am not so sure if you have enough room. IMO you have reached the max bioload of a 75gallon (Giving all animals room to grow is important? Over time they will fill out the tank and a raccoon can get quite some size on it. Might also have problems with the yellow tang going after a fish of similar color and shape.
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Old 04-28-2005, 01:23 AM   #3
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Oh crap, I didn't even think about the similarity in color! I was thinking the markings of the Racoon would make it different enough. The Angel and the Tang have similar shades of yellow, especially the tail, so I didn't even give it a second thought. Thanks for reminding me.
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In order of setup:

FW1-16g, 5 Zebra danios, 4 Pristella Tetras, 4 Black Skirt Tetras, 2 Gold Barbs, 1 Brush-nose Pleco
FW2-5g, 1 Baby Gold Marble Angel (raised from fry), 6 Zebra Danios
SW1-75g, (80# LR), Scarlett hermits, Turbo snails, Percula Clownfish (Gizmo), Oscellaris Clownfish (Whizzer), Indian Yellowtail Angelfish (Mikado), Royal Gramma (Orpheus), Black Sailfin Blenny (Casper), Yellow Tang (Pele), Racoon Butterflyfish (Raptor), Lyretail Anthia (Juliette)
FW3-30g, 2 mated Gold Marble Angels (Oscar/Yenta)
SW2-20g, QT, currently empty
FW4-30g, currently empty
FW5-20g, 2 Gold Angels (non-paired)
SW3-35g (REFUGIUM for SW1) - EVIL ChocChipStar, Nassarius and Turbo snails
SW4-55g, 4 BlueGreen Chromis, King's Crown snail.
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