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

Halal Hotdog

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I keep a clown trigger and harlequin tusk. Tusk is great with corals but loves all inverts. Literally put in some crabs in the tank from the back, by the time I walked around to the front he had a mouthful. He literally spit out 3-4 shells. I would love a regal, majestic, and blueface angels. Thinking about a 300+ gallon tank to move the CT to and get those angels. Would be a soft coral tank.
 

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haha love the whale shark :p
so wish frog fish where reef safe! weedy sea dragon OMG yess!!!!
Frog fish are definitely reef safe. I have one in my tank now and he looks awesome around the corals. Frog fish are not other fish safe. He/she will eat. Them. All.

I am now googling a weedy sea dragon.
 

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Frog fish are definitely reef safe. I have one in my tank now and he looks awesome around the corals. Frog fish are not other fish safe. He/she will eat. Them. All.

I am now googling a weedy sea dragon.
Oh yea! I’ve seen those before. Agreed that would be awesome!
 

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Naso Tangs!


I’ve gone through 6 on an established tank and can’t keep them for longer than 4 months. One day they’re eating like pigs and the next they’re gone . Many people blame it on Cyanide poisoning when harvesting them.
 

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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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I had a bicolor parrot back in the day, bought him as juvenile, got him to grow to transitioning phase, then gave him to a friend, he was cool & I should have kept him, but, was thinning out the tank
 

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Frog fish are definitely reef safe. I have one in my tank now and he looks awesome around the corals. Frog fish are not other fish safe. He/she will eat. Them. All.

I am now googling a weedy sea dragon.
It would eat my lionfish or my lion would eat it. It would also eat my other fish.
 

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I keep a clown trigger and harlequin tusk. Tusk is great with corals but loves all inverts. Literally put in some crabs in the tank from the back, by the time I walked around to the front he had a mouthful. He literally spit out 3-4 shells. I would love a regal, majestic, and blueface angels. Thinking about a 300+ gallon tank to move the CT to and get those angels. Would be a soft coral tank.
I literally got my 220 for a blueface angel and a tusk
 

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When I was still just a planted FW tank guy, I was always fascinated by the lunare wrasse I’d see on the saltwater side of of my LFS. When I finally started my own reef tank, I sadly discovered that they are like a serial killer in a reef tank, lol! Some day I’m going to set up a tank where I can get one but I’ll probably have to wait until I retire, because my wife will kill ME if I start another one now (have 4 tanks running now)! I still always look for them whenever I’m in a fish store..
 

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