odd/rare predators

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  1. cody hendrix

    cody hendrix Active Member

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    I am looking to put a list of cool predator fish together that are not so common. I am in the processes of getting everything together for a 540 8-3-3 tank with a 200 gallon sump. I am going to do a few different types of lions, Harlequin tusk and zebra eel and marine betta. I am pretty sure I am going to stay away from triggers and puffers as everything I have read is its 50/50 on with they will kill lions.

    Much appricated
     
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    My blue throat killed two lions. :mad:;Rage;Punch Happened before I knew what was going on. ;Facepalm


    A saddle back grouper.
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member 2018 Partner Member

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    Liopropoma fasciatum or L. eukrines. They are each a 10" basslet that are exceptionally beautiful.

    Red sea soapfish is cool too.
     
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    Kmsutows Well-Known Member

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    There are several groupers that are really beautiful and rhinopias are really cool, although I know nothing about them.
     
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    How about a blue devil? I have no experience with the them and have only seen them twice in person but think they are beautiful.
     
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    cody hendrix Active Member

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    I just looked into them they are stunning. I am looking into finding one for sale now.
     
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    cody hendrix Active Member

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    I just looked both of them up and everything i saw was they are 6 inch max.
     
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    I have an oyster toadfish that came to me as a hitch-hiker on some TBS rock - he is now between 6 - 8" and in a tank dedicated to himself.

    I'm pretty sure he would attempt to eat anything he can even remotely think about fitting into his mouth. He is fascinating though.
     
  9. Joe Rogers

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    I think you should make some PVC tunnels beneath the rocks and get a Peacock Mantis shrimp. They're too small to mess with your predator fish, but are a blast to watch. Putting crabs into my Mantis tank is always a blast. Would be a nice little sideshow to all the predators in your tank.
     
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    Cool idea! What kind of lions are you planning? I do think a couple of different eels would be cool!
     
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    Not a fish but I love my giant hermits MVIMG_20180207_192047.jpg
     
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    Well i'm in FL so I cant import any. I have been scuba diving since I was a little kid so the plan is to catch my own off the coast. Hopefully I can find more then just Volition.


    I do plan on a zebra but I want to stay away from the piscavore eels as I don't want to come home missing hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of fish. From what I have seen and heard its not if they will kill and eat other fish its when. Any eels in particular that are more fish safe that you know of?
     
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    As far as the mantis goes wouldn't the tusk eat it once the tusk got to around 8 or so inches?

    Honestly I don't know much about them. How big do they get?
     
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    That's a great point, I am actually not sure if the tusk would just eat it. It sounds like it would...
     
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    Groupers
    Anglers
    Snappers
    Look Downs??
    Pilot Fish
    Horned shark
     
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    Can you recommend any snapper or goupers? Not the common ones though
     
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    Passer's angel. If I had an aggressive tank, there for sure would be one in it. I also LOVE Thalassoma wrasse, so I'd probably have either a T. hebracium or quinquevittatum. Polleni groupers are also sweet. Toss a sohal tang in there and you have an amazing tank! :)
     
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    I had a thread fin snapper, it was glorious! There are other blue line types that look great.
    Groupers, I had a V Tail and a miniatus. They are awesome, but there is a cool blue one, Cobalt grouper. Rare and $$$$$$.
    Also, Louti grouper.
     
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    Kmsutows Well-Known Member

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    If you are located in Jersey by chance my LFS has several really awesome groupers that I know you could get a great deal on.

    I second threadfin snappers too!
     
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    which one? I'm up in North Jersey. Just curious which lfs in case I need to take a visit in the future hahaha


     
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