Flame angel, in my very first reef tank... rookie mistake and my ACANs took a beating.What were your biggest fish mistakes?
I've had a few.
I'm sure this is not uncommon, but my biggest mistakes were the result of me not correctly understanding the size of the fish and their potential for aggression.
To an extent this is because like many reefers I came over from the freshwater world of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers which adapts much more readily to aquarium life.
I mean, it's easy to put together a community freshwater tank and there are lots of small fish to choose from. You stay away from the cichlids and your mostly good to go.
In the saltwater world, things are much different mate.
The ocean, she big. And the fish in it mean business.
I would say the only epic fail I've avoided was buying a juvenile pilot fish.
Now, really why those are for sale I really don't know.
For every 1 that make it into an appropriately sized tank, 1,000 must land in a tide pool.
I recently saw one for sale in Petco. Probably ended up in someone's 55g.
What were my biggest mistakes?
I have a 125g 6' display
1. blue throat trigger. He started small but man did he grow. And towards the end he started displaying captive behavior - just furiously swimming repetitive loops in the aquarium. I found it really uncomfortable to watch and I am sure he felt the same way. I dropped him off at the LFS. I miss the way he used to bite my finger.
2. blue tang. Same as the trigger. He was fine as a kid but man as he grew he became a terror in the tank. When dinner time came he would race around like a sailor who had just spotted a mermaid and send water splashing everywhere. Between him and the trigger I had to wipe down my lights almost daily. He went with me and blue throat on the same trip to the LFS.
3. harlequin tusk. Beautiful fish. Where else are you going to find a pet with blue teeth? Of course, individual fish do vary in temperament but he was a killer. He would lazily cruse along the rock work until something caught his attention and it was all over. After having a fine breakfast, lunch and dinner I quarantined him and re-homed him with a FOWLRer
4. red coris wrasse. Once again, I picked him up as a juvenile and he was fine. But as he grew he just became a super pain in the tail fin. He would turn over every rock and coral with his nose looking for food. I would turn it right side up and I would come home and it would be upside down. And as he got bigger he began turning over some pretty big rocks and corals. It was impressive. He was clearly becoming a big fish in a small pond. He cost me way more in downed coral than any other fish I've ever had. I was happy to see him go! And while I'm on the subject, the same goes for pencil and pin cushion urchins. They are fine when they are small but as they grow they will rearrange the deck chairs.
5. powder blue tang. I've had mixed experiences. One I had in my office tank was an angel fish. Pretty much got along with everyone - I mean as much as a tang can get along with anyone. So, I figured I'd try another one at home. Such a regal looking fish. But man, this guy was the Mr. Hyde to my office tank Dr. Jekyll. He would just go after everyone all day long. Fish really do have individual personalities and behave differently in different environments. Sometimes, you just pays your money and you takes your chances.
So, I'd say I've learned my lesson now.
I've downsized my ambitions, no more mobydicks, and learned to be much more cautious about who gets in the clubhouse.
Unfortunately, I guess I had to learn it all myself.
I wouldn't have believed any of you guys even if you had warned me - which you probably did.
But maybe a newbie reading this will be a bit smarter than me and make better choices.
I hope so.
When I got my new Blue Spot Jawfish, I dropped him down the garbage disposal...
I was pouring water out of the bag to get it ready for acclimation and he jumped out. Went right down the drain into the disposal. I freaked out and stuck my hand down there trying to grab him as he was flopping about. Ended up catching him and just threw him in the tank. No acclimation or anything.
He ended up perfectly fine and is still alive to this day
Have you tried advertising here or in a local reef forum?Listening to my LFS advice thinking he was helping me start out in the hobby. I went in for two clowns and he convinced me to get a Blue Tang as well. Now its quite big and a terror. I can't get anyone to rehome him and the LFS guy just laughed at me as he didn't want a big Tang back to sell. I still have him and can't really get any other fish as he just bullies them
I've never had any problems with fish once they get acclimated to the new environment. @Crashnt24 Could you please provide more information on your disposal QT technique, please and thank you. I'd like to try and duplicate your method. I've never had any real success with these triggerfish.
Have you tried advertising here or in a local reef forum?