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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  3. karlas

    karlas Fire Goby

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    anybody? nobody? somebody?
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    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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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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    karlas Fire Goby

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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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    karlas Fire Goby

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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.