What are some fish you want but won't fit in your tank for whatever reason?

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  1. swebb

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    1. Post the species and photo
    2. Post why it would not work (size, lack of reef safe, compatibility, etc)

    I saw a picture of a surge or rainbow wrasse on Reddit, unfortunately it is far to large and not reef safe for me to get one.
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    Hippo, Achilles and Powder Blue tangs. I have an 85 gallon DT :(.
     
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    Sohal Tang. I have a 500g.
     
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    Napoleon Wrasse.

    And why, well because 7 feet !! (tight squeeze for my Fusion 20 lol) :eek::p:D Napoleon wrasse.jpg
     
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    Ooo! Good thread topic! As I have a 50g cube, there's lots that I want that won't work for my tank, but two that I REALLY wish I could add right now are

    1) a pair of Japanese Swallowtail Angels (here's a couple of pics of a male owned by @Mike&Terry)
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    and a lineatus wrasse (pic by @Titanwerx)
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    FredsNJReef Active Member

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    I'm adding another dream fish: Look Downs!!!
    Always wanted a few! They need too much room though.
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    I wish I could get a tang but only only have a 40 breeder, hopefully someday.

    That is a beautiful fish!

    Seven feet is only 84 inches, so you could probably fit it in a 90 gallon.
     
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    Touche! :p:D
     
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    About 99% that I want as have a 16 gallon tank :(

    Love the pics and look down fish are so cool!!
     
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    Ya know Mrod, you are right. We are all lucky to have the tanks that we have. I withdraw my lament about tangs. I LOVE my tank!
     
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    I would love to have a Harlequin Tusk, not reef safe...:(
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    All tusk fish are so cool. I saw the video on BBC Blue Planet 2 of the orange spotted tusk fish breaking a clam on coral and it would be unbelievable to have a fish that intelligent.
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    You can have harlequin tusks in a reef. You just might have to replace snails and crabs every now and then.
    They don’t eat coral. They do eat clams
     
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    Queen Angel, too large and aggressive. Bicolor angel, not reef safe.
     
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    Powder blue tang.

    This is a fish i love. But i have been given good advice that they need a larger tank than i have, why this is so, & i respect the advice.
     
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    Any of the large angels or tangs.
     
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    Ahhh, this is a fun topic!
    Let’s see, Belonoperca pylei (orange spotted soapfish) and
    Bulbonaricus brauni (galaxea pipefish) are some cool ones!
    Edit: I suppose I forgot No. 2; both are ones I’ll probably never see in real life, unfortunately... but hey, ya never know.
     
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    Unicorn tang
    I have a 6’ x 2’ x 2.5’ tank but this fish would out grow it.
     
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    I have a tusk in my reef. they are fine with corals but any shrimp/hermit crabs/snails are at risk. mine hasnt touched my snails.

    id always wanted a stingray but my 180 isnt suitable for one
     
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    Rays are extremely beautiful. My favorite is the eagle ray, but they require an extremely large tank.
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    Eagle Ray

    Two other fish that would be really cool to have in a tank are a trumpet fish and a needlefish, but both get extremely large and could potentially eat there other tank mates.

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    Trumpet Fish

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    Needlefish
     
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