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Old 07-18-2014, 10:51 AM   #31
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Common sense in that the recommendations need to be taken with a grain of salt.
According to liveaquaria, your tank is overstocked and too small for your triggers and bat. They also recommend NOT putting batfish in a reef tank.
But your common sense and experience tells you that they are fine in the size tank you are housing them in and I assume your batfish hasn't eaten your corals yet.

THAT'S what I mean by "apply a little common sense"

But like I previously stated, fish usually do not reach those max sizes in captivity, most hit about 3/4 of that max size unless housed in VERY large tanks, multiple hundreds of gallons.

While a 55 gallon wouldn't be the best/ideal size for triggers, juvenile ones would do perfectly fine and if the OP is wanting a single main display fish, a trigger could fit the bill. Again, isn't the ideal size, but could be done.

If you want to be honest about it, freshwater betta's are one of the few fish that are ok with the small confines we keep them in, all other fish in the hobby would much rather be in the expanse of whatever wild environment they came from, especially marine fish.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:54 AM   #32
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so it kinda looks as if the general consensus is;

Smaller lions and morays
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schooling fish, damsels, cardinals, etc.

Schools with a Flame angel as the "center piece" might be cool and the flame angels color will definitely stand out from across the room.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:55 PM   #33
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I completely misunderstood the common sense. I thought you were saying it as a "you're wrong and what you're saying makes no sense." Lol. Yes I agree experience teaches us the most. And also agree that the best bet for the OP would be a school of small fish or a lion/eel combo. That signature is so old too :P I still have the bat and huma trigger though. I'll be giving the bat away if she gets any bigger. That's why I'm trying to say to get fish you can keep for their whole life.... She's such a cool fish I don't want to get rid of her but I wouldn't want her to be in a tank too small.


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Old 07-18-2014, 06:25 PM   #34
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How about a marine betta and a snowflake eel?
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How about a marine betta and a snowflake eel?
IMO that's an awesome tank but it'd look empty from across the room


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IMO that's an awesome tank but it'd look empty from across the room


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Of course it would, pretty much any large single fish for a tank this size would look empty across the room. But that's the nature of the beast.
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Bat fish in a 55g I would say NOT a chance
the average bat fish grows at a good rate they can get as big as 2ft
yes the tank is 4ft but its what 12"wide the poor fish would never be able to turn around
who ever drilled into your mind that a fish in captivity wont grow to it's capacity in captivity needs to be smacked upside the head
I have damsels that were not supposed to get any bigger than 3" they are close to 6"
my engineer goby not supposed to get bigger than 18" he is closer to 2 1/2 ft

I also have fresh water fish that grow almost double the size they are supposed to
things don't stop growing if you put it in a smaller tank that is total myth
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Of course it would, pretty much any large single fish for a tank this size would look empty across the room. But that's the nature of the beast.
Oh I know, I more meant that bettas are known to be hiders. But yeah I agree with you


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Bat fish in a 55g I would say NOT a chance
the average bat fish grows at a good rate they can get as big as 2ft
yes the tank is 4ft but its what 12"wide the poor fish would never be able to turn around
who ever drilled into your mind that a fish in captivity wont grow to it's capacity in captivity needs to be smacked upside the head
I have damsels that were not supposed to get any bigger than 3" they are close to 6"
my engineer goby not supposed to get bigger than 18" he is closer to 2 1/2 ft

I also have fresh water fish that grow almost double the size they are supposed to
things don't stop growing if you put it in a smaller tank that is total myth
Well, that hasn't been my experience, so......


and I don't think anyone suggested a batfish.
my post was a response to crister13 concerning his batfish.

luv to see pics of these monsters.
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Nobody said a bat fish in a 55 lol that would be terrible. And ya marine bettas are cool but hide a ton... Wouldn't see anything.


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