Without this fish your saltwater aquarium is not complete..

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How much do what fish you have in your tank matter to you?

  • I take my fish selection VERY carefully.

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  • I just focus on a few of my favorites and don't care much for the rest.

    Votes: 93 13.9%
  • I just choose fish on a feeling or a whim.

    Votes: 50 7.5%
  • Whatever fish are the cheapest.

    Votes: 6 0.9%
  • No fish for me in my aquarium.

    Votes: 4 0.6%
  • Other (please explain)

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I pick all my fish judiciously. I took a FOS seriously 4 decades ago, now new to a reef, I am even much more particular. I say that because I want fish that will work with my Aquascape. Such as my 6 Line Wrasse as he enjoys sliding in and out of 5 tunnels. A Diamondback Gobi and Midas Blemmy that do their work on the substrate and 3 different species of Clowns that fill out the top half of the tank
 

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Ever since we started in salt I've had a dragonet. As we started this hobby/ lifestyle early 90 I've been lucky w them. I did have some probs one since we moved hereto N.M
What type of Dragonette do you prefer? I had a Blue Mandarin in my 1st tank and it will be my final choice coming in the next few months. The coloring and personality is wonderful to view.
 

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Dragonet , we've always been able to keep one , and our first set-up was a 75 g in phoenix. I fell in love w that fish. Now I'm building my Cade into a dragonet tank n I'll get to that later but will say we have a beautiful male and female that are bonding very well. The other fish doesn't have to b in each of our tanks but must be in our house, that would b a clown fish.
 

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What type of Dragonette do you prefer? I had a Blue Mandarin in my 1st tank and it will be my final choice coming in the next few months. The coloring and personality is wonderful to view.
I totally agree. Our current pair is the blue mandri
 

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What a tough question!

1. Kupang Damsel.

2. Chromis.

For me, nothing is better than having a bunch of smaller fish in a tank, especially large groups of the same fish. They always make the tank seem larger.
I agree. 1619 / 1 I feel you can make a 55 look like a 100 gallon with small fish that cover the entire volume of the tank. Top, Middle & Bottom
 

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I bought my fiancee a Flex 32 for her birthday last year. When we went to buy her tetra and corydoras at the LFS, I got distracted by a Royal Gramma. When I saw that it was a saltwater fish, I was disappointed because I thought it would be too difficult to have a reef tank. I went home and did some research and found out that there were no captive-bred ones... Months later, I saw an RWU captive-bred Royal Gramma on Live Aquaria's Diver's Den. I instantly started planning out a 90-gallon reef tank. After a lot of bumps in the road, I have my first reef set up in a Waterbox Peninsula 6025. If it weren't for that Royal Gramma in the LFS, we would still be freshwater only ;Hilarious


I am surprised by how much personality our Sharknose Goby has! I think every saltwater tank needs a goby of some sort!
That is an awesome story!
 

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I totally agree. Our current pair is the blue mandri
Sorry , computer probs today I keep hitting the wrong buttons. Any way our pair now is awesome, the boy has a blue face and she has a red face. Both are considered green mandri s. I'm building our cade into a dragonet tank. Hopping for babies some day.
I totally agree. Our current pair is the blue mandri
 

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One little fish 15 gallon tank happy and healthy for 2 years.
 

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Do I have to pick just one?

I love the gobies down in the sand, the blennies in their rocks. I love the angelfish gliding through the caves and the royal grammas hovering upside-down near their ceilings. I love the tang-gang browsing across the surface of the reef, and the fairy wrasses and anthias holding below the surface of the water in hopes of drifting plankton. I love the triggerfish and the way they swim, almost without using their tails, and the way the clownfish and midas blenny almost overuse theirs. I love the brash billboard of the foxface and the bright sparks of the damselfish.

Do I have to pick just one?!

~B.
 

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Do I have to pick just one?

I love the gobies down in the sand, the blennies in their rocks. I love the angelfish gliding through the caves and the royal grammas hovering upside-down near their ceilings. I love the tang-gang browsing across the surface of the reef, and the fairy wrasses and anthias holding below the surface of the water in hopes of drifting plankton. I love the triggerfish and the way they swim, almost without using their tails, and the way the clownfish and midas blenny almost overuse theirs. I love the brash billboard of the foxface and the bright sparks of the damselfish.

Do I have to pick just one?!

~B.
No not after such a profound honest wonderful statement. I really liked you're explanation and visual story.
 

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I have a pair of clowns in practically every tank with my 125 currently being prepared for a harem (building up my nem population now)

But I'm also fond of the yellow Tang and the pearly jawfish which I'm sure they enjoy watching us as much as we enjoy watching them.

Bonus: favorite invert, the money cowrie.
 

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No Tangs
No Rabbitfish
No Clowns
Have had them before, Tangs / Rabbitfish do not like the way they look, too skittish and hyper for my preference. Clowns just swim in circles all day, and are mean. My first saltwater fish ever were 2 Percula Clowns. Lasted a decade, and will always love them.

Keep a Jawfish in every tank I have that can support it. Love little gobies and blennies. Also have a blue stripe or Jann’s pipefish in all of my tanks. Like grammas and basslets as well.
 
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HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN A FISH THAT YOU WERE SO EXCITED ABOUT BUT IT ENDED UP BEING A BUST?

  • Yes (please tell us what in the thread)

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  • No

    Votes: 76 38.2%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 9 4.5%
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