Goldflake Angel in a reef tank

Discussion in 'Fish Discussion' started by Slippin, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Slippin

    Slippin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    37
    I recently purchased a beautiful Goldflake Angel.
    Two days after going in my display tank, he shredded through my zoanthids, eating nearly half of them.
    I'm looking for anyone with experience keeping angels in a reef tank.
    If I put him back in my display tank will he stop after all the zoa's are gone, or will he move on to other types of corals?
    I would really love to keep him and am willing to see some zoa's go if thats all he will eat.

    Thank you for the help!
     
    Tags:

  2. Labridaedicted

    Labridaedicted Wrassetastic R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2016
    Messages:
    1,020
    Likes Received:
    1,157
    Location:
    North Jersey
    Typically lps stuff will also be toast
     
  3. Slippin

    Slippin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    37
    How about euphyllia? (I know they are lps)
    My wife loves the frogspawn/torch/hammers in my tank and would be very upset if he went after them.
     
  4. Labridaedicted

    Labridaedicted Wrassetastic R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2016
    Messages:
    1,020
    Likes Received:
    1,157
    Location:
    North Jersey
    I have seen instances where they will leave euphyllias despite eating other fleshy corals. It all depends on the individual specimen, though.
     
  5. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member 2018 Partner Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2013
    Messages:
    11,465
    Likes Received:
    10,082
    Location:
    CT
    Euphyllia have a pretty potent sting, so are less likely to get picked.

    Zoas, fleshy brains, sometimes chalices, are all at a risk.
     
  6. M007

    M007 Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2017
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    77
    Location:
    Toronto
    +1, mines been a model citizen with zoos and fleshy corals. Did you get GF as a juvi or full grown?
     
  7. Slippin

    Slippin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    37
    I purchased him as an adult, he is around 6" long.
    The person I got him from said he never touched any of his corals. (Including zoa's)
     
  8. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member 2018 Partner Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2013
    Messages:
    11,465
    Likes Received:
    10,082
    Location:
    CT
    Sometimes just a change in scenery is all it takes for a fish to change it's m.o.
     
    BigJohnny likes this.
  9. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    May 8, 2006
    Messages:
    35,705
    Likes Received:
    25,960
    Man love this fish but love zoas more! :)
     
    saltyhog, dede and ThatOneGuy2121 like this.
  10. scott the coral assassin

    scott the coral assassin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    19
    IMG_1800.JPG I have had mine for a few years now and have never seen him nip any coral , mine was a juvenile now fully grown. They are supposed to be reef safe but still depends on the fish. Try adding Angel Alixer ( it's a supplement that adds sponge to there diet) to some high quality frozen. He may be looking for something he's missing in the food. But I also have a majestic angel who also doesn't touch anything so maybe I just am lucky?
     
    HolisticBear and eatbreakfast like this.
  11. scott the coral assassin

    scott the coral assassin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    19
    IMG_1554.JPG
    IMG_1594.JPG
     
    dede, joporeefpro and Slippin like this.
  12. Slippin

    Slippin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    37
  13. Waters

    Waters "...in perfect isolation, here behind my wall." R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Messages:
    2,680
    Likes Received:
    1,745
    Location:
    Mentor, OH
    Every angel is different but once they start, it is normally pretty tough to get them to stop picking.
     
  14. MnFish1

    MnFish1 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,007
    Likes Received:
    685
    I have 2 Goldflakes in a 125. They didnt touch zoas, hammer, elegance sps other small polyps or open brain or others. Put in another small angel that picked on the open brain - and very quickly the larger gold flake started on teh open brain as well. Removed the small angel - and now the Goldflake shows no interest in any of the corals. According to Liveaquaria (and other sources) This Angelfish is one of the safer choices of the large Angels for the reef aquarium, and has proven not to pick on sessile invertebrates. But as others have said - each angel is different. Mine about about 3.5 and 4 inches.
     
  15. frank@wall

    frank@wall Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2012
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    new york
    My destroyed the zoa garden and most LPS. Did not bother any of the SPS
     
  16. Slippin

    Slippin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    37
    It also ate your euphyllia?
     
  17. frank@wall

    frank@wall Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2012
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    new york
    No...not the euphyllias
     
  18. scott the coral assassin

    scott the coral assassin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    19
    Thank you , yep that's the one . I also use LRS fish frenzy, plus the LRS herbivore blend , very similar to the frenzy but with some more greens. Hope things work out , they are really great looking fish. Good luck!
     
  19. scott the coral assassin

    scott the coral assassin Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    19
    I concur
     
  20. DarthSimon

    DarthSimon Apex Control Freak R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2017
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    232
    I tried one a few weeks back. I was tearing up LPS within 24 hours. Had to tear my tank apart to get him out.....
     
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

Loading...