Best bang for the buck FISH? It's an all around great fish for the money!

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Do you have ONE FISH that excels in all these attributes? Health, looks, temperament & activity.

  • YES (tell us in the thread)

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  • NO

    Votes: 36 15.8%
  • Other (please explain)

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RioRanchoReefer

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Ruby red dragonette, mine is always active and has a great appetite.
 

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I have to 3rd or 4th the Scopas Tang... I was on the fence on a yellow tang, but I saw this guy at LFS and had to have it. Time and time again I wall by my tank and he catches by eye and I just stare at him, what a beautiful fish.

I also really like my onspot foxface, every once in a while he will stretch all his fins and it just looks so freaking cool. My foxface and Scopas tang are joined at the hip, they are never apart, roaming the tank pecking at the algae everywhere together.

another one is the royal gramma, always out, drop dead beautiful, I think they are pretty reasonably priced.
 

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When it comes to being healthy, nice looking, good tempered, and an asset to the overall vision of your saltwater reef aquarium, which fish is the best bang for the buck? Let's talk about it!

Please consider the health, looks, temperament and activity.

Which fish do you think is the "best bang for the buck" fish?

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When it comes to being healthy, nice looking, good tempered, and an asset to the overall vision of your saltwater reef aquarium, which fish is the best bang for the buck? Let's talk about it!

Please consider the health, looks, temperament and activity.

Which fish do you think is the "best bang for the buck" fish?

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Probably as rare beautiful utilitarian fish I have is the Dusky wrasse, always out , not shy and eats worms and creepers
 

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Melanarus wrasse -- eats pests, a rare splash of green (few green fish to add) and pink/orange stripes, very outgoing, relatively hardy, and inexpensive
 

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red stripe cardinals!! in schools they act like freshwater tetras…
and they are HARDY
i’m jealous of the people that get Caribbean fish cheap… i get mine at like $55 for a gramma/chalk bass and $75 for a neon goby
 

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Lots of fish can turn into bullies and general nightmares, but I've had good luck with Pajama Cardinals, Banggai Cardinals and Red Stripe Cardinals.
 

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My Fiji Christmas wrasse! Absolutely beautiful, super active and personable, and the least aggressive fish in my tank! I’ve actually seen him bring food to and “defending” weaker or newer fish in the tank! (I know that sounds fake or have some other excuse but it’s happened too many times to be pure coincidence)
 

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Hmmm… tuff one… I’m sure everyone is going to say some type clown for the most part. I would say my favorite is a toss up. The Royal Gamma is colorful out and loving life. Only down fall is they are timid. The Red Hawkfish is always a go too. Out and about has the in your face I’m watching you Mr. thing going on. Downfall it like to pick on your cleanup crew…if under fed might I add.
 

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Scopas tangs! Cheap and effective :)
May seem a silly answer, but If you can manage to get them without uronemia, a group of standard issue $2 green chromis are still one of my absolute favorite must-have fish. Especially if you can manage a decent sized shoal of them. Not much utility in them but they’re fun to watch
My favorites 1 and 2 right off the bat. 100% agree.

In addition for raw function and pure personality would be the lawn mower blenny. If it’s not picking at the rocks it’s perched up chilling fat and layback shooting you the side eye
 
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Do you house a "Reef Safe" Angelfish in your reef tank?

  • YES and it's going good

    Votes: 142 42.1%
  • YES but it's not working out

    Votes: 9 2.7%
  • NO I have tried it in the past and it didn't work out

    Votes: 31 9.2%
  • NO I haven't tried yet

    Votes: 145 43.0%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 10 3.0%
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