What's your favorite "overlooked" fish of the month?

TangGang

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 18, 2020
Messages
67
Reaction score
39
Location
USA
Resplendent anthias have my vote, they eat anything and are fairly hardy, also the females are very beautiful with a yellow head and tail. The males are outright gorgeous.
 
First Choice

Dcal

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 17, 2019
Messages
196
Reaction score
406
Location
San Diego
Tobacco basslets are pretty cool and I haven't seen a lot of people with them

1605803027947.png
 

CMMorgan

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 12, 2020
Messages
701
Reaction score
1,564
Location
Punta Gorda
Just curious if you had a screen top because those little suckers can fly. I lost one during a water change. I moved the screen only about 6 inches. He must have jumped while I wasn't looking.
I did not. I figured that with the canopy - which was about a foot tall - and all of the lights, etc.... they would not only have to be high jumpers but pretty precise not to hit something on the way out. I found one in the overflow once, too. That was a nightmare getting it out.
 

mattzang

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 30, 2018
Messages
2,481
Reaction score
4,151
Location
redlands CA
jawfish are really underrated imo. i have a pearly/yellowhead and i enjoy seeing him pop up out of his little burrow to snatch food and dart back in. he hasn't been bad at all for sandstorm messes either, he just made his burrow and that was it
 

Bossman

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 3, 2018
Messages
524
Reaction score
611
Location
WAYLAND
Red Scooter blenny/Starry dragonet is probably mine. I don't have a good photo on this computer, but mines in my build thread. Mine was the first fish I bought for my reef tank, and he's been very hardy throughout, and has beautiful coloration. He just scoots along all day long munching pods and brine shrimp.

Also Lawnmower blenny. They are so full of personality!

I second the scooter dragonet. The ruby red is very colorful and bright. Just yesterday I added a bonded pair of red dragonets from LA DD to my Reefer 425. One is on one side of the tank, and the other the opposite. Hopefully they'll find each other soon. None of the other fish seem to bother them which is good. They're kinda small.
 

Biglurr54

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
May 28, 2017
Messages
861
Reaction score
367
Heniochus Diphreutes. (Schooling Bannerfish) This is a reef safe butterfly. they eat free floating plankton They are hardy and adapt well to tank life. I had one that ate out of my hand. He would swim around with his banner out of water at feeding time just like a shark. It was awesome. They arent shy and always out in the open swimming. With a big enough tank they will even school.

The only down side is they have an identical brother Heniochus Acuminatus. They are not reef safe and will gobble up corals. The only way to tell the difference is if you count dorsal spines or from their collection location. Most are labeled as not reef safe and sold as Acuminatus.
 

runcis

New Member
View Badges
Joined
May 3, 2018
Messages
21
Reaction score
14
That sounds like a WWE Royal Rumble themed tank. Adding fish would probably feel like this...

ultimate warrior wrestling GIF by WWE

wrestlemania viii wrestling GIF by WWE
ultimate warrior wrestling GIF by WWE
I have five species of damselfish in my tank of 80 gal, talboti, alleni, starckii, springeri, and rollandi, one of each species. They nip occasionally at each other, but otherwise the general picture is quite peaceful... and very coulourful indeed
 
Avast

1stNoel

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 30, 2015
Messages
661
Reaction score
682
Location
UCF. Go Knights!!!
I have five species of damselfish in my tank of 80 gal, talboti, alleni, starckii, springeri, and rollandi, one of each species. They nip occasionally at each other, but otherwise the general picture is quite peaceful... and very coulourful indeed
Fair enough.

My very first tank had damsels and, other than my domino, weren't bad.

The tangs I currently have are definitely more aggressive.
 

Zionas

2500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 6, 2020
Messages
2,926
Reaction score
1,495
Location
Winnieland (AKA “People’s” Republic of China)
At what age do the PJ Cardinals start having a very rough, worn out, almost zombie-like look? I see those in Google Images but I assume they’re very old 10 maybe 15+ year-old PJs?

Do some other fish like Clowns, Tangs, Angels, Gobies and Damsels etc. also take on a worn-out looks when they’re old?
 
Aquarium Specialty - dry goods & marine livestock

runcis

New Member
View Badges
Joined
May 3, 2018
Messages
21
Reaction score
14
At what age do the PJ Cardinals start having a very rough, worn out, almost zombie-like look? I see those in Google Images but I assume they’re very old 10 maybe 15+ year-old PJs?

Do some other fish like Clowns, Tangs, Angels, Gobies and Damsels etc. also take on a worn-out looks when they’re old?
Even with the most expensive plastic surgery, one cannot avoid looking worn-out when one's old...:)
 

runcis

New Member
View Badges
Joined
May 3, 2018
Messages
21
Reaction score
14
I’m opting for a somewhat similar setup except some of the species you mentioned aren’t common where I am. I’ll mostly be doing Hemicyanea and Parasema, one Cyanea and also tempted to add a Lemon.
just give them enough space
 

92Miata

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 26, 2020
Messages
1,080
Reaction score
1,615
Location
Richmond, VA
Damsels! I know they can be ******s but they come in so many colors and sizes! I’ve thought about having an all damsel tank with as many different varieties as I could house.
There are a lot of damsels - especially captive bred ones - that aren't a problem at all. I've got a C. Cyanea in my 40 and he's a cupcake.

(There in general seems to be less aggression in captive bred fish)
 
AS

Would you be interested in seeing the Reef of the Month come back?

  • YES

    Votes: 365 95.1%
  • NO

    Votes: 15 3.9%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 4 1.0%

Online statistics

Members online
2,768
Guests online
7,560
Total visitors
10,328
Santa Monica Filtration
Top