last fish for tank ?

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  1. karlas

    karlas Fire Goby

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    i want to add that last fish to the tank. ive asked about copperbands and love them but they would wipe out my feather dusters. thought about a flame angel but have heard of to many that harass firefish (have a mated pair). ive been thinking about a coral beauty or some type of reef safe wrasse. does anybody have any ideas? i want someting fairly small, does not harass other docile fish, or eats ornamental shrimps (cleaner, fire) but has lots of color, and does not destroy corals. any opinions appreaciated
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    anybody? nobody? somebody?
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    Heh. Where'd everybody go? ;)
    I think summer is kicking in!

    Well I liked my Coral Beauty. It didn't bother any of the corals I had.

    That said, I have heard that some may develop a 'taste' for some corals: star polyps, open brains, etc.. and become nippy, but at the same time I have heard that keeping them well fed helps. The majority seem to be fine though and considered reef safe.

    In my experience, they are not much of a problem, mellow and beautiful.

    :)
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    he thats_crazyhe thats_crazy thought everybody dissapeared thanks for the response
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    Hi--All pygmy angels are not really considered reef safe. Sometimes when first introduced to a tank, it can take them several months to discover your corals......trust me--THEY WILL DISCOVER THEM AT SOME POINT!! Pygmy Angels are also a little aggressive. You should try (if you don't have them already) tangs, clowns, gobies, blennies, cardinalfish, wrasses (some reef safe wrasses include : sixline, fairy, coris, and cleaner). A good site to check out that has reef safe fishes listed is www.petswarehouse.com/marinereef.htm
    Good Luck!
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    A Thompson Butterfly?
    That is a new one to me. Cool! Is that from the Red Sea?

    I still think a Coral Beauty is a good fish. Ivyspig is being cautious which is a good thing, but I had mine for 3 years without problems and I know others that have had similar success. If you do some searchs on rc, you will see that many have had little to no problems, while a few have. Your choice, but I think to say that they are all bad eventually, is not true.

    If you go the butterfly route, just remember what I said about my Butterfly and my Tang and rearrange your rocks a bit prior to adding the fish so that the Tang might be a little less territorial.

    ;D
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    i do love the butterflies but keep leaning twd the coral beauty or a carpenter wrasse it will be a while anyway but just making sure before buying. maby i can do both since they are both small fish. the carpenter only gets about 3" itself. it will be one of the 2 (or both) ;D well have to see :D
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    i think ive decided b/w a coral beauty or carpenter wrasse both are beautiful fish and did a lot of checking shouldnt have a problem with either. it will be a while before buying when i get the extra $$$ but i came down to those choices ;D ;D ;D
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    well i got em the last fish i decided on a mandarin i found one that was very healthy and nice looking. i wanted one before but decided not to but since the tank has been going for over a year and i got a good pod population thats what i ended up with. picked him up yesterday i also got a flower anemone it attached itself right away and took a piece of clam today. so hopefully it does well. the mandarin is out and hunting so he should be ok.
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    Cool! Just keep that mandarin well fed! :thumbsup2: Maybe use a turkey baster or sinker food, etc..

    I don't recall that anemone, I will see what I can find...

    :thumbsup2:
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    i use a turkey baster to feed the fish anyway and it helps to get brine shrimp to the scooter. im hoping there is a possibility the mandarin will take to brine shrimp also. plus i have the q tank with pods in that i can transfer to the main tank there still thriving there im hoping i can use that as a back up
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    i think the mandarin will be ok i do have a good supply of pods and bugs but he was munchin on frozen brine shrimp today maby hes learnin from the scooter they were sittin side by side just eatin away
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    when you click on the link it looks more like the first pic on the top
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    Cool. Is your clown in it yet?

    wahoo!!!!!
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    karlas Fire Goby

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    no ive read up on it and it says clowns dont really take to them but thats ok. ive been feeding it a piece of clam every day now and it keeps eatin so i guess thats a good sign. my scooter and mandarin seem to be hangin out together a little bit im adding extra brine cause they are really cleaning up on it now. the mandarin even got a small piece of clam down some of the brine stuck to it and he tried to pick them off but he ate the whole thing. hes swimmin around with all his fins flared and showin off beautiful fish. i looked with a flash light tonight and theres still tons of pods runnin around at night. so theres still plenty of natural stuff there for them. i think i really lucked out with this one :thumbsup2: :thumbsup1:
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    Awesome Karla. You are psyched! :thumbsup2:
    Throw a pic up when you have the chance...
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    i got a pic of the mandarin
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    isnt he cute [smiley=2thumbsup.gif]
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    Love the colors on that guy! [smiley=thumbs_up.gif]