Best Fish Ever and Favorite Fish Ever: Are they different?

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Are you currently housing your most favorite fish ever?

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revhtree

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Happy Fishy Friday!

We all have those fish that we really love for various reasons. They have great personalities or they benefit the tank in such a way that they are just a pleasure to own. But if you had to pick one fish, that you've owned, that was your favorite and one that was the best which ones would it be? Let's talk about it!

1. What's the BEST fish you've ever owned and why?

2. What's the most FAVORITE fish you've ever owned and why?


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My favorite fish is the queen angel. No my tank isn't big enough. I go to a store that has one in a 16000 tank to ogle one.

The best fish I have are ones that preform a job in my tank
Leopard wrasse pest control
Kole tang and foxface algea control
 
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Nothing too fancy for me. I’ve always been partial to Clownfish. Had them years ago and now I have a pair of Snowflakes. I could sit and watch their antics all day long.
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My favorite fish is the queen angel but I don't think I will ever have one. I am going to upgrade to a 400 gallon when I remodel the main floor in a few years but I'm not sure if even that is big enough.

As for my favorite fish that I have owned that is a tough one. I love my mandarin goby but I don't see him much. I have a feeling that once I let this very active brown powder tang out of the acclimation box and if the yellow leaves him alone, he will be my new favorite.

But my favorite animal I have ever kept is not even a reef animal. It's the freshwater panther crab I had for 3 years. Very cool critter with lots of personality.
 

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Keep them coming!
 

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Dont know If u hav had a maroon clown before. They r out to murder your hands all day lol
Mine eats out of my hands. Working in the tank its open season on my hands.
 

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favorite fish gold stripe maroon, best copperband butterfly. Maroons are so big and pretty but I cant keep getting jump scares in my tanks anymore. Absolutely love the butterfly personality and it munches on any aiptasia if they get into the tank
 

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My best and favorite fish, also one of my oldest, my Yellow Coris wrasse! Great colour, a great personality, friendly with everyone and constantly hunting around the rockwork after pests and stuff to eat!
Has survived both carpet surfing, overflow diving and a rough infection which left alot of his scales white.
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My favorite fish I've ever owned was a spotted dragonet, I've had two over the years and they are just the best. So much personality in those buggy little eyes. My most recent one died on unknown reasons, but I believe she got poisoned by eating rusty flatworms in my tank.
The best fish I've ever owned? Probably the Ctenochaetus genus of tangs. Amazing workers and very intelligent fish overall.
 

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My favorite fish has always been the yellow tang
Why because for $40 you had a fish much more beautiful that most other fish for a Fraction of the price
Gem 1500 yellow $40 bucks

ok maybe that’s not so true today but old habits die hard
 

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I love my sail fin tang. Looks great and is constantly grazing and eating algae. Pretty and useful and gets all with all and does it all.

Best looking, powder blue tang, but they are too prone to ich.

Personality -- I have a pink tail trigger that I expect to be in my kitchen, reading the paper and making eggs when I wake up. Very aware...
 

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Here's the story of my favorite...she is a Doctor Fish y'all may have heard the stories of her...she kept outgrowing tanks until my 8 foot long 375g tank was even too small.
I got her from a friend who owned an LFS (Local Fish Store), called and asked if I was running a 'Predator tank' (I ran different tanks for different levels of other fish. Anyway, he told me he just got her in, and she had killed several fishes...I was running a 125g tank at the time with triggerfish, an eel, and other predator types and told her I would take her...I got there expecting a large Doctor Fish...lol, it was the size of a half-dollar.
Got her home, and she fit right in. As the years passed, when grew to become a pet. She watched my every move and would follow me the length of the 8-foot tank. Anytime I had my hand(s) and arms in the tank cleaning it, she wanted me to pet her...which I did. If I didn't, she could come up and lightly nibbled on my hand or arm (she could have taken out a big chunk of flesh with her teeth, but she was so gentle)
I hated to part with her, but by making a move in the 14,000g tank, her life expectancy increased by ~35 years, making me happy...s for different levels of other fish. Anyway, he told me he just got her in, and she had killed several fishes...I was running a 125g tank at the time with triggerfish, an eel, and other predator types and told her I would take her...I got there expecting a large Doctor Fish...lol, it was the size of a half-dollar and other waters and a few pics; they were excited to get her.
With a heavy heart, I transported her on the two-hour trip. She has been a resident in the 14,000-gallon display at the aquarium. I visit that particular one she's in whenever I get the chance (we have a small oceanfront condo at Carolina/Kure Beach, NC, so it isn't but ~15 minutes from there)...she still remembers me and swims quickly toward the glass, checks me out, and leans against the acrylic wall separating us...I pet her outside the glass, and she seems to remember...then goes back to her doing her thing.
I hated to part with her, but by her being in the 14,000g tank, her life expectancy increased by ~35 years, making me happy... :)

Attached is a pic of her in my 375g 6 years back when she was nearly 16 inches...

Enough of my mushy rant.
 

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This was my favorite fish. He was so personable. I could feed him out of my hand and he would even let you "pet" his head. I had to rehome him once he got to be about 12 inches. Just too cramped to keep in a 6 foot tank. So no, I don't own my favorite fish anymore.
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