Which is the easiest parrotfish to keep and how I can take care of it?

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So, I have been really fascinated by reef fishes, specially parrotfishes, since they are so fascinating. And Im wondering what parrotfish I should get as a beginner, what tank size they need, if they are reef safe, what fish could live with it and also if these fishes are reef safe or not, and if they can live with pyramid butterflyfishes.
 
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Not a beginner fish, generally not reef safe, and I think the smallest parrotfish require around 180 gallons
 

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I have a parrotfish in a 120 definitely not my first fish. They are prone to infection and my tang likes to pick on her. 120 gallons is kind of small for this fish.
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Greenblotch parrotfish supposedly only get 6 or so inches and are algae eaters rather than coral eaters
 
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Greenblotch parrotfish supposedly only get 6 or so inches and are algae eaters rather than coral eaters
Thanks, is also called quoyi parrotfish? I googled greenblotch parrotfish and it says the scientific name is Scarus quoyi, the same as the quoyi parrotfish
 
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Guys, I just founded a roughly 5 inch quoyi parrotfish at just 88 BUCKS (original price is 75 euros)! I have seen some shops that sell them at 200 BUCKS, too bad it's on europe
 
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Also, what are good tankmates for a quoyi parrotfish? What order I introduce the fish? Are the pyramid butterflyfish a good tankmate or is a bad idea?
 

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Guys, I just founded a roughly 5 inch quoyi parrotfish at just 88 BUCKS (original price is 75 euros)! I have seen some shops that sell them at 200 BUCKS, too bad it's on europe
That's a phenomenal price!! Awesome job finding that.

Also, what are good tankmates for a quoyi parrotfish? What order I introduce the fish? Are the pyramid butterflyfish a good tankmate or is a bad idea?
Generally any peaceful tankmates so yellow pyramid butterflies should be good. Just add least to most aggro the parrot being one of your first additions. No personal expierence with quoyi parrots but am very interested in getting one if I upgrde my tank. I'm jealous...
 
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Generally any peaceful tankmates so yellow pyramid butterflies should be good. Just add least to most aggro the parrot being one of your first additions. No personal expierence with quoyi parrots but am very interested in getting one if I upgrde my tank. I'm jealous...
Thanks for the advice, I think the list will be something like this:

1. Quoyi parrotfish

1. Peaceful butterflyfish (maybe pyramid if I find cheap ones, but I will probably end with a much cheaper one)

1. Foxface

1. Coral beauty

Quoyi is definitely not easy to take care of, like you were asking.

A tusk might be something to look into.
I agree that the parrotfish is not easy to take care and are a bit difficult, so Im not sure if I will just scrap this idea, or using the same idea but with different fish
 

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Thanks, is also called quoyi parrotfish? I googled greenblotch parrotfish and it says the scientific name is Scarus quoyi, the same as the quoyi parrotfish
The small greenblotch parrotfish is Sparisoma atomarium. There are some YouTube videos from Matt Pedersen who was able to get them spawning in his 90 gallon tank. He also wrote an article about them in the Q4 2019 issue of Reef Hobbyist magazine (https://www.reefhobbyistmagazine.com/read-magazine.php?did=6574320_73050075).
 

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FWIW Philipp and Kara at KP Aquatics are fantastic to deal with, I have gotten great live rock and fish (including greenblotch parrotfish) from them.
do you have pics of the greenblotch? not much out there on the interwebs

parrotfish don't really do a lot for me (except the quoyi obviously, but not about to waste money on that one) but a green fish that eats algae might be kinda cool
 

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do you have pics of the greenblotch? not much out there on the interwebs
They're really fast. Matt's photos in the Reef Hobbyist article I linked above are way better than anything I have been able to grab.


a green fish that eats algae might be kinda cool
So far mine don't seem very interested in hair algae, but chow down on Ulva and Caulerpa.
 

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