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Old 02-06-2013, 02:56 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear about the angel.

In general, I think that putting fish in a smaller than recommended tank leads to problems. A 15g difference (75 v 90g for example) might not be as bad, but when it starts to get into "I've got a yellow tang in a 35g", its likely not going to work. I'd bet that 80%,or more, of the people that post here with fish troubles are ones that have done that. It may not be scientifically proven, but I think that if a fish is supposed to be in something like a 75g and they are in a tank half that size, the fact that it is small now does not matter to the degree that some people think. It's just a bad idea. That's just my opinion though.

For other orange fish...Flame Hawks are really interesting and I believe are ok in a 35g. There are probably some wrasses with red or orange coloring that might work. I think many are 75g, but seem to recall that there are some that work in around 35-50??? Check out places like liveaquaria.com or bluezoo aquatics.com for fish ideas and tank sizes (and compatibility).
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:26 PM   #12
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I am partial to orange fish also...love the mc cosker flasher but is a jumper. I also have an open tank and i put silver colored egg crate on top. The light still looks like an open top but its harder for them to jump through. However, a couple of weeks ago the top went askew and while i was gone...my flasher jumped. Found him a couple of days later in a bag hanging on the door. Jumped out of tank right into bag. What a shot! Anyway, I'm currently looking for another one. Going to give it one more chance. Maybe some sort of red fish would look good. Maybe a hawkfish or catalina goby?
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:54 PM   #13
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Catalina Gobies are beautiful, but they are cold water fish, so the typical temps for other fish are too high. Learned that the hard way several years ago when I bought a couple for a reef tank and they died within a month.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:29 PM   #14
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Catalina goby looks great but u r right, there is a temp issue. I will lookk for a pic of the hawkfish, thanks!
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:03 AM   #15
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The hawkfish are aggressive, so make sure the fish you have are not peaceful. They will get picked apart. I recently purchased a arc eye hawkfish that the lfs told me was "not aggressive towards other fish in their tanks" and it just about killed my flasher wrasse. Just saying...
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Not all hawks are labeled as aggressive, but arc-eyes are (they are really cool though). Flame and Long nose Hawks are semi aggressive (i think spotted hawks are aggressive too?) so you still stand a chance of getting some aggression in a smaller tank.
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I have a flame hawk in a 210 and he has not been a problem. I have shrimp so I try to keep him fed. He loves pellets for bottom feeders.
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Hmmmhhh... aggressive might not be so good in my tank, the little Blue Tang may suffer. The Clarkii's just calmed down too, they behaved more aggressive when I still had the Undulated Trigger (it came with the tank and killed another fish and had to go to a new home). Will see...

Can you tell me more about pellet food? Why/ when do you need it? I feed 1 cube frozen meat or Brine shrimp every other day and occationally a small piece of sea weed. Is that enough volume and variety?
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Sometimes I feed shrimp pellets for bottom feeders for my gobies, shrimp, and flame hawk. They love them. My royal gamma will eat them too.
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