Best & Worst "Reef Safe" Angelfish for Your Reef

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Do you house a "Reef Safe" Angelfish in your reef tank?

  • YES and it's going good

    Votes: 228 41.7%
  • YES but it's not working out

    Votes: 14 2.6%
  • NO I have tried it in the past and it didn't work out

    Votes: 51 9.3%
  • NO I haven't tried yet

    Votes: 234 42.8%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 20 3.7%

  • Total voters
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Everyone is saying they don't nip coral, but how about clams??
Angels that aren’t reef safe have a chance of nipping clams - They’re fleshy at the top (Similar to Fleshy LPS which most angels take a liking to)
 

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Angels that aren’t reef safe have a chance of nipping clams - They’re fleshy at the top (Similar to Fleshy LPS which most angels take a liking to)
Also - If you have anything like a CBB, Wrasse (some Halichoeres, Macropharyngodon, anampses ect.. - Although the leopards and tamarins rarely nip at clam mantles, it’s still a chance you can get that one that does it) that nip at clam mantles, then you may already know what those fish are capable of
 

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Honestly in my opinion - The rarer the Genicanthus Angel is then the more reef safe it’ll be. The two swallow tail Angel spp are rarer than something like a bellus or lamarks. The reason why is because they’re found deeper down so there’s slim to no coral down at those depths which is why I’d say the rare the Genicanthus Angel, the more reef safe it will be (Of course you have the odd one that isn’t reef safe, but no fish is 100% reef safe, even clowns can nip corals - I had an occelaris pair that nipped and ate certain coral).
 

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I had a Coral Beauty for several years with absolutely no issues. When it died I decided to try a Flame since I'd seen posts from guys with no issues with them. Shortly after I got the flame my acans started to decline. I didn't think it was the Flame cause my tank is in my office where I can view it several hours a day and never once saw it nip at anything. The owner of my LFS said it could be doing it at night but I didn't believe him. Finally after eliminating every other cause, losing one acan with 2 others on their way I trapped the Flame and returned it to my LFS. The the acans started to come back almost immediately. I've since purchased another Coral Beauty with no issues. With all of the dwarfs you can find guys that have no issues with a particular type and others that say they're evil. I think they're all individual and you kind of take your chances and hope for the best. The one that consistently gets the best vote based on the posts seems to be the Coral Beauty.
 

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Had a Coral Beauty for almost 2 years with no problems. I have a mixed LPS and Softie tank that the CB showed no interest in. It was well fed on frozen, pellets, and nori multiple times a day. However, when I got my first stick, a green birdsnest, over night the birdsnest frag was stripped bare. Then the CB started eating everything else green in the tank (zoas, singularia, cabbage leather. mushrooms, acans, favia). It was a nightmare trying to get it out, ended up having to take my scape apart to get it. I don't think I will ever try another angel again after that.
 

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I've hated not having any angels for years, since I went reef (mostly LPS). Based on a similar post which was a survey (I think done on reef2reef) which had posts over a 10+ year period, Coral Beauty & Flame angels had a 82-85% success rate. So, I took a chance and added a Flame (one of my favs) and Coral Beauty last week. So far so good, but I realize it's too early to tell. If one/both go rogue, I just hope that they go for only a specific type of coral that I can live without, as I'm ready to enjoy angels in my tank again!
 

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My first angelfish in a few years arrives tomorrow and I’m super excited. Out of the 7-10 I have kept in the past, only 2-3 gave me issues with nipping. Emperor, Goldflake, and although it wasn’t in my tank at my LFS that had a True Shepard’s which occasionally nipped at an acantho in the tank
 

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My first angelfish in a few years arrives tomorrow and I’m super excited. Out of the 7-10 I have kept in the past, only 2-3 gave me issues with nipping. Emperor, Goldflake, and although it wasn’t in my tank at my LFS that had a True Shepard’s which occasionally nipped at an acantho in the tank
ts interesting, I’ve never heard of a true shepherd nip at coral
 

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I have two: a Coral Beauty and Midnight dwarf angel. The Coral beauty is 100% reef safe but the Midnight is only about 95% safe as it will eat any acans I put in the tank (I always thought I sucked at growing them, but now I suspect why).

Personally I don’t think either of these angels are the worst behaving (YMMV).
I have to disagree with the coral beauty being 100% reef safe. I love my beauty, but he destroys my birds nest coral.
 

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I have not had any problems with any of the angel or dwarf angel fishes I have had. My current list is:

- Apolemichthys trimaculatus
- Genicanthus bellus
- Pygoplites diacanthus
- Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis
- Centropyge aurantia
- Centropyge loriculus
- A pair of C. bispinosa

In the past I had:
- Chaetodontoplus mesoleucos
- Centropyge potteri
- Centropyge eibli

I keep SPS (Acropora, Montipora, Seriatopora and Stylophora) and 3 Tridacna maxima
 
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