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Thread: Fish versus coral ..what is more important in your tank?!

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    Bring on the FISH!
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    I have a 210 and I love the fish. I have a few small pieces of soft stuff but it really wouldn’t bother me if they disappeared. The fish are always into something and the kids love to watch them too. Everybody has there own fish, mostly based on the color but what the heck they like to feed them and talk to them. I have one white crab that when it comes out everybody comes running to see. It was rescued from the sink drain by my wife. It floated around the drain for a couple of days before she threw it in the tank. It was actually fish food originally for the two big moray eels I had but now it’s a favorite in the tank. All the fish I have are suppose to reef safe and I will probably throw some different corals in the tank as time goes on but nothing expensive that I would not care if it died or became fish food.

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    For me it depends on the fish. I have a large angel in my 300 that has been my choice over keeping lps and zoanthids. He's fine with sps. I just recently posted him for sale because we want to keep lps and zoanthids in our large reef. If he doesn't sell though, I'll just stick with sps in that tank.

    It's because of the emperor angel that I decided to have multiple tanks. I still wanted lps and zoanthids, so I have a 90 gal aquarium that is a mixed reef.

    I've gotten rid of a flame angel and fox face for nipping corals in the mixed reef, but the only reason I bought them was to eat grape caulerpa.

    For me it's a toss up. I become more emotionaly attached to my fish and even name them, but the corals cost a lot more and can help you with the cost of running an aquarium when you frag them, they also make the aquarium a lot prettier. I could never just have a fish only system.

    I say get another tank or keep compatible species in the one you have if you don't want the maintenance and cost of an extra tank.

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    Thanks for starting this post. i have been wanting to add a $coly, but I too have a cleaner, fire, pepermint, and normal clean up crew of crabs and snails. I would hate to loose a $coly to them. Think I would just have to keep ur aquarium as it is but unfortunately no $scolys. Have other people had issues like this loosing $scolys? I can't afford to learn this lesson the hard way. Thanks again for posting this as I will gather more info before investing in a $coly

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    Thanks for all the input..it is very interesting to see how different we all approach this hobby...everybody has their favorite...at this point I decided to not remove anything and let nature take its course..I will pay more attention while feeding my scolys and keep cleaers entertained with a nice piece of shrimp and i moved them
    farther away from
    their home..out of sight..
    180 gallon plus 70 gallon sump
    2x250,1x400 watt halides,4xvho actinic too many animals on rocks and too much fish
    400 lbs of liverock ,mostly lps, zoas, rics,a few sps and softies

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    Mixed reef for me...although, I currently have 15 fish in my 375g with a balance of LPS, leathers, elegance, and scolys.
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    375...mmh that's what I need!!!
    180 gallon plus 70 gallon sump
    2x250,1x400 watt halides,4xvho actinic too many animals on rocks and too much fish
    400 lbs of liverock ,mostly lps, zoas, rics,a few sps and softies

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    ok heres what u can do.......cut a bottle and use that to cover scoly while your feeding it...u know how easy to make them open up for feeding...i only feed my scolys once a week,u know that...thats enough for them....
    90gal 48x30x15 shallow peninsula tank
    40 gal sump 48x24x9
    swc cone 160 skimmer
    2x250w mh with 4x54 t5's
    mixed reef
    1 snowcasso
    2 chromis
    pair of harlequin shrimps
    1 porcelain crab
    1 mandarin fish
    2 mini red carpet

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    Good idea about using a bottle..problem
    is that cleaners get naughty at night sometimes and are just digging for fiod..this is when scoly is in danger..they are alrady have food deep and cleaners dig deep to get it and break the mouth..
    180 gallon plus 70 gallon sump
    2x250,1x400 watt halides,4xvho actinic too many animals on rocks and too much fish
    400 lbs of liverock ,mostly lps, zoas, rics,a few sps and softies

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    want me to take your scolys i have no fish to bug them

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