Best Angelfish For a Coral Tank?

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  1. brentv

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    I am thinking of adding an angel or 2 to my Mixed coral tank.
    I have tried Jumping Beans, Multispinners & bispinosus before (Locally caught!!)
    But they always start nipping at corals!

    Was thinking who has had the most luck with any of these species or similar maybe Geniacanthus?:blush:
     
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  3. eddiead

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    In my experience if you don't want nipping at corals. No angels.
    I had a Flame angel, Coral beauty, Golden angel and a Navarcus angel in my previous tank without any problems.
    Now I have a Jumping Bean, Black bean (local), Coral beauty, Potters angel and a Regal angel. I have major problems! Actually the regal angel and my Moorish Idol are the biggest problem fish. I can't keep any LPS at the moment.
    I finally found an Elegance coral that survived. Beautiful specimen. All was good for about 3-4 months. Then suddenly the Regal angel thinks he's at a Sunday buffet with the Moorish Idol short on his heels. They also started going for the brains. I had to pull both corals out the main display and managed to save them. The Moorish Idol also seems to really like the soft growth points on the SPS. My fish are well fed and the get pellets throughout the day(4 feedings) as well as nori and two feedings of my own special frozen food mix. I don't think it's an nutritional problem. I think that, that is just what angels do. The constantly nip, nip, nip.
    A friend of mine actually sold all his angels and only has tangs now. He's corals have all recovered amazingly and are looking awesome now that there is no more constant nipping.
    Good luck with this one. In my view it's either corals or angels, not both.
     
  4. Tremayn

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    those swallow tail angels are reef safe (Genicanthus) .. only thing, personally I dont think they look all that nice.. With dwarfs, the coral beauty is least likely to eat corals
     
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    Not nice? It must be in the eye of the beholder as I personally love them especially G. watanabei and G. melanospilos (zebra)
     
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    Have to agree , G watanbei (female) is a cool looking fish.
     
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    compared to other angels I agree with Tremayn its fugly :)
     
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    with Angels it is always risky but to be honest i have seen regal tangs damage corals more than any Angel, my choices would be genicanthus sp followed by blue line angel, asfur, regal and majestic. Reef safe is a relative term
     
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    I had two coral beauties in two different tanks with LPS corals, etc and both behaved very well :)
     
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    Flame angels in my experience are ok
     
  11. brentv

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    This is my Dilemma, Some have had luck with a certain species and others not..
    Seems Geniacanthus are the best option?
    Anyone had hassles with their flame angels though?
     
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    I will email you the list
     
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    My 2 genicanthus are fine, my flame angel was not, had to move the latter into the FOWLR system
     
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    Generally, the deeper water species are reef safe. There are no SPS in their environment, so it does not form part of their natural diet.
     
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    what about lps or softies?
     
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    flame, swallow tails, coral beauty and bicolour i have experience with and they were well behaved. yet again its sometimes the individual and not the species that is the deciding factor. There is no guarantee with any angel though, imo.
     
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    what are the deeper water species Riaan? :) ..
     
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    Angles will always be hit or miss. If you have a open/folded brain you can forget it. Most likely to become angel food.
     
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    what about a bicolour angel? mine hasnt even looked at a coral
     
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