Poll: Favorite Shoaling Fish

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Aug 30, 2018.

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  1. Chromis

    38 vote(s)
    11.4%
  2. Anthias

    162 vote(s)
    48.6%
  3. Cardinals

    24 vote(s)
    7.2%
  4. Firefish

    34 vote(s)
    10.2%
  5. Damsels

    8 vote(s)
    2.4%
  6. Tangs

    98 vote(s)
    29.4%
  7. Other - Discuss/describe in Thread

    15 vote(s)
    4.5%
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  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    Although it's difficult if not impossible to get fish to actually school in an aquarium (unless it is very, very large), some do tend to shoal to some degree. Thought it might be an interesting topic to discuss what your favorite shoaling fish is and what type of success have you had with them displaying the shoaling/grouping behavior.

    Obviously the poll is not an all inclusive list so feel free to discuss a fish species you've had success with if not on the list.
     
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  2. mta_morrow

    mta_morrow It costs HOW much?!!! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Tank 365 SCAA Member Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    I have a trio of

    Azure damsels
    Zebra barred dartfish
    Red lined cardinals.

    I’m not so sure that they shoal, but there are times when they are all together, especially the dart fish.
     
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    Crabs McJones Millepora Maniac Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Glitter Fairy Hospitality Award

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    Although I'm sure it would have to be a huge aquarium, I really enjoy watching a school of tangs :)
     
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    pdiehm Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Delaware Reef Club

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    I have read that Barrier Reef Chromis are schooling fish in the aquarium, however they are incredibly difficult to come by.
     
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    Yellow tangs all the time when I was stationed in Hawaii.

    Was amazing.
     
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    OriginalUserName Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    I just ordered 6 chromis so hopefully those will be my favorite. :)
     
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    I'm a sucker for anthias and firefish.
     
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    i didn't think you could have a group of firefish? Now that I have an automatic feeder, I probably could get some anthias. any particular ones that will stay in groups?
     
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    Voted for Anthias and firefish but Still waiting to see a group of Tryssogobius Collini to someday enter someone’s tank
     
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    Anthais , iv only got 5 but they all swim together , iv also got 9 Chromis in another tank that I'll take a pic of
    Anthais are my favourite tho as Chromis erratic chasing of each other is not as calming on me lol

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  11. dbl

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    Me too...I put three small Ignitus Anthias in my 120 about three months ago and so far they never leave each others side. Only time will tell if stays that way but one can sure hope!
     
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    I really like the contrast of chromis and anthias together. I voted for chromis since I have had better luck keeping them alive long-term.
     
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    Every group of chromis I've ever seen grows up to murder their own crew.


    Tangs will explore alongside each other but that's only from time to time.

    Anthias and firefish are the only fish I've seen actually stick together.
     
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    Voted other. One of, if not my favorite, sight I've seen in a reef tank was a school of 9 moorish idols.
    Seeing one healthy one is impressive, 9 is crazy!
    It was on another site, so I won't post a link.

    Drew
     
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    Blue eyed cardinals look pretty sweet hanging out together, especially when you have more than 6.

    Trick to get fish to shoal: throw in a predator, or what they perceive to be a threat, like a blue throat trigger.
     
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    Cant beat the Anthias group. I have 4 different types. They squabble, yes but not continuous. They can be shy but eager feeders. I also have a 6 pack of firefish. Also a peaceful group. Very shy and always present at feeding.

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    I like the Vanderbilt chromis, but never had one. I'd love to put 5 or 7 in my new 180. They're damsels though, and most people say chromis fight until there's only one left. I'd hate to see that happen, so will probably get just the one.
     
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    What size tank is needed to successfully keep a group of firefish?
     
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    Meh on second thought they dont really shoal but hang around not minding each other.
     
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    I find that if you keep chromis well fed, they won't pick each other off. But this can be difficult. Not sure why they are touted as a beginner fish. Probably some of the hardest fish to keep well fed and happy. Kind of like anthias, they are pelagic feeders and just hang in the water column waiting for particles to come by.
     
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