What fish do you like you can’t keep in a reef tank?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by Mastiffsrule, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Mastiffsrule

    Mastiffsrule Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I was looking at @JumboShrimp puffer in another thread and thought that was an awesome fish. Not addressing reef safe or not.

    But It got me thinking about all the fish I have had but can’t now keep in a reef.

    My coolest fish was back in the 80’s. It was a bi-colored parrot fish. Most awesome fish I ever had. No way it goes in a reef. I actually have been thinking about FOWLR just to get one.

    Anyone else have a fish they would like to keep but can’t?




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    geversole01 Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Harlequin Tusk
     
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    my #1 would be a clown trigger
     
  4. JumboShrimp

    JumboShrimp Valuable Member

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    I’m FOWLR, so other than ‘size’ and ‘fighting’ considerations, I have a lot of freedom of choice when it comes to fish. (I have a couple of 7-gallon nanos to dabble with a few softies.). Of course, I dose nothing into my FOWLR, so that probably saves a ton of money right there ;).
     
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  5. saltyhog

    saltyhog blowing bubbles somewhere R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019

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    Angels...lots of angels......and an orange spotted file fish. Those are fish I love and can't keep in my reef tank!
     
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    Angels and a puffer :(
     
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    Volitan lionfish
     
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    Carcharodon carcharias.
     
  9. JumboShrimp

    JumboShrimp Valuable Member

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    Why is that? I have a Carcharodon carcharias in my 20 gallon long right now! :rolleyes:
     
  10. Wolf89

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    Otodus chubetensis
     
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    ScottR Surfing somewhere..... R2R Supporter Hong Kong Reef Club

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    Shark (the big ones)
     
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    butterflyfish, the really not reef safe variety
     
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    Maya Ybry-Yagy Active Member

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    Dog face puffer :(
     
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    Dolphin
     
  15. 99Problems

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    Queen angel. Now if we're getting really crazy I'd love a bamboo or horned shark.

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    Large angelfish and triggers
     
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    lefkonj Active Member

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    I am definitely on the risky side. I have a Harlequin Tusk, BlueSpot Puffer, Regal Angel (who likes Zoas), and this guy. For now things are fine but if I have issues will just catch them and trade them out for something else nutty. The entire hobby is a major risk but I wouldn't buy a queen angel since she would eat the coral right away, these guys are just horrible for my clean up crew and when big could present a problem for other fish.

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  18. Jpconer

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    A Leafy Sea Dragon would be amazing!!!!
     
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    Anthias....Any anthia! I've tried them three times and with three different species. Each time they all slowly died or disappeared one by one. Never again...:(
     
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    Oh they would be awesome, I remember when we could get them.
     
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