Reef Safe With Caution Fish (best and worst)

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Do you keep "Reef Safe with Caution" fish?

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alabella1

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have been interested to see fox face on the caution list, didn't know that before I added one and 1) never seen him touch a coral and 2) rarely seen him graze. So good news bad news....
I've been through 3 of them. Never bothered my corals, but I just cannot keep them alive either. I was going to grab a 4th but I hate seeing them die. Not sure what I'm doing or not doing because all other fish are fine.
 

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My LFS has Cebu Coral Beauties and I REALLY want one but I worry about the risk. I've had 3 one spot foxfaces and never had an issue with nipping, but I do have an issue keeping them alive. Not sure what I am doing or not doing as all the rest of my fish seem to be just fine.
 

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The guy at my LFS said that since my big eyed squirrelfish is a dwarf breed, it’s a reef safe hybrid. All was fine for about 2 years, then my Cleaner shrimp disappeared! Followed by an orchid Dottyback, and most recently, my blue spotted jawfish!
 

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I picked up a male flame angle from a fellow reefer about 2 weeks ago now. He’s been a model citizen so far and the previous owner had no issues with it nipping corals. I’ve wanted a flame for a while and for $40 I couldn’t pass it up. I plan on transitioning to more of a bubble tipped anemone focused tank here in the next few weeks so that will reduce further risk.

I’ve kept melanarus wrasses in the past and really enjoyed them. The one I had did pick off my cuc when the opportunity arose but again it wasn’t a big issue for me.
 

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Recently we talked about "reef safe" angelfish but today I want to expand the conversation to all fish that are considered reef safe, but with caution. Thanks to @Gtinnel for the QOTD idea. So let's talk about these fish!

1. Do you keep "Reef Safe with Caution" fish? If so what fish and what's your experience with them been?

2. What would you say are some good fish to take a chance on and some that are a bad bet?


Cuban Hogfish image via @reefs4less
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I have a fox face and he is a model citizen in the tank and has never touched any of my corals. I think any fish with caution could go either way, if they are well fed then you stand a better chance of them leaving your coral alone but again every fish is different and one that doesn't nip corals for one might for someone else.
 

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I have a coral beauty. Have never seen it nip at any of the coral!

I'm bumming over my loss today. I got home from golfing and had to bring my wife to the airport. I checked the fish and decided to feed them when I got back. When I arrived home I got the food ready and fed them. Something was wrong, My Gem Tang not present. I was only gone 2 hrs and I'm puzzled at what happened.
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I have a Regal Angelfish and a Copperband Butterfly in my 220g mixed reef.
No issues at all other than the Regal eats zoas. I tried a small frag of inexpensive zoas and they were gone in a blink of the eye. No more zoas for me.

I’ve also had good luck with Potter’s Angels as well.
 

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i have [at the current time] a matted file fish. it’s my second one. my first was wild caught, and loved eating my aptaisia. it died after living nice and fat for abt 5yrs in my 150gT, which is about to be my former tank. my “new” MFF has lived with us for abt 3yrs. it is tank bred. it refuses to even nibble aptaisia. before everyone moves to the new 200g 24” tall tank, the MFF goes back to my LFS. it’s too bad bc the MFF is very cool to watch. it has fascinating ways of camouflage, and is gr8 to watch regardless. BUT: it ate *all* my zoas. it got my torch, which was coming back well after being badly wounded by my RBTA. nothing has managed to survive the MFF except sponges [ha!] and some palys. all the fish and my hermits r ok. i have an accidental FOWLR tank. my new tank will be a REEF tank, without a matted file fish. it makes me sad, but there’s nothing else to be done. i would not call a matted file fish reef safe, period! i’m new, but i’ll try to attach a short vid of a happy asterina & company. the weird look is ‘cause i tried to leach a b*tt load of phosphate out of the rocks [old tank syndrome] - we’re starting fresh!

smooches,
Shiny
 

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I have a flame angel who is very cool,
So much so that I want a Potters angel when they become available again.
I still want a Flame hawk, I had one before and I think I will try one again although I'll have to get a life insurance policy on my shrimp.
I had a Humma Humma many years ago in a predator tank and never thought of keeping it in a reef tank... so tempted, it's my favorite fish of all time.
 

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I have a flame angel who is very cool,
So much so that I want a Potters angel when they become available again.
I still want a Flame hawk, I had one before and I think I will try one again although I'll have to get a life insurance policy on my shrimp.
I had a Humma Humma many years ago in a predator tank and never thought of keeping it in a reef tank... so tempted, it's my favorite fish of all time.
I have a flame hawk and several cleaner shrimp and it never gives them bother
 

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I was going to get the aptasia eatting file fish but after reading this maybe not! I am thinking of getting a dwarf pygmy angel because I read they were the safest bet of dwarf angels!
 
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Speaking of your latest coral purchase...

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