Complete Danimal's Livestock List Please :)

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  1. danimal

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    Hey guys

    Riaan I am stealing your idea and asking for people's opinions on stock :) hope you don't mind!

    What I have:
    2 x clowns (the normal ones, not true percs)
    1x racoon butterfly
    1x blenny
    2x boxfish
    1x cleaner wrasse
    1x watchman goby
    1x blue spotted toby
    1 x lionfish juvie who is going to be too big soon... :(
    1x either some obscure anthias or damsel, no-one knows for sure... lol


    what I like:
    tangs
    angels
    anything pretty and compatible! haha

    corals i have:
    zoas
    crater coral
    torch
    mushrooms
    pavona
    small brain frag

    system is 400 litres or so in total.

    ideas? thoughts?
    cheers!
     
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  3. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Dan - I would go for the scopas tang, lavender tang - they do not get big. Oh yes, you can look at the chevron tang, chocolate tang and mimic tang as well..... None of these grow too big..

    The more popular tangs, ie. regal, naso (either the blond or the literatus), yellow tang, shoulder tang, purple tang, etc - grow too big for a 400 liter tank.....(oh yes - the list should also include the unicorn and flamingii tangs)....

    You can possibly look at some of the pygmy angels. The other "bigger" angels (ie. koran/semi-circle, emperor, queen, blue-face, etc) become too big for your tank....
     
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    thanks jacques :) are any of those locally available?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    I think that the "dusky angel" (multispinus) is caught locally in the pools. But where exactly - you must ask the local okes..... ;)

    The lavender tang is also caught locally.....
     
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    awesome! :thumbup: thanks jacques.
     
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    Got a pic of the lavender tang to which you refer?
     
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    Here you go, AfricaOffroad:
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    Thanks.

    Ah, so its that one.
    Always thought it was a Surgeon, not a Tang.
    The latter I always associate with the more rounder coin shaped bodies
     
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    AfricaOffroad - in many cases the naming for surgeons and tangs are used synonymously.
     
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    a fish that will be a good "centre piece"

    centropyge potterii POTTERS ANGEL
    centropyge multicolor MULTICOLOR ANGEL

    Tank is abit small for a Regal Angel, that would have been nice. All angels should be watched with corals...

    What about a small school of cardinals:
    Zoramia leptacanthus
    Apogon cyanosoma
     
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    thats a beautiful fish, definitely going on the shopping list! :)
     
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    I'd have to say nay to the cleaner wrasse, they never do well in captivity, or so ive read anyways:p
     
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    Deadmeat - the mortality rate of imported cleaner wrasses are HUGE. At least 90% die....

    BUT, that said - I got one that I have now had for about a year. Which eats flakes, nori, pellets, EVERYTHING. This one is beautiful!

    I have also heard that most locally caught cleaner wrasses survive quite well....
     
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    all my fish are locally caught except for the clowns and the watchman goby. i had heard that about cleaner wrasse not having a high mortality rate when imported, but that local ones seem to do well. mine has adapted very well to the tank, for the first week or so he was pretty skittish but since discovering the joys of prepared foods is generally one of the first fish up top come feeding time, and is now eating EVERYTHING.

    the other day i had my hand in the tank and felt something nibbling my arm. i was a bit confused, normally my cleaner shrimp is all over me but this time i could seehe was busy munching on some hake in the corner. i look under my arm and its the wrasse!!! how cool is that!
     
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    Nope Danimal, do not mind.

    Tangs, mostly a problem, either they will eventually fight when big, but there are some that is less aggressive. Depending, you might get away with 2 or 3

    Surgeon and tang, same family.

    Pygmy Angels, is ok to look at, but check, but check them with corals. Some misbehave.

    Anthias are nice, if you can feed them 3 to 4 times a day, I can't, so they not on my list.

    Good to get other opinions. Get your list, and do not buy on impulse something else. go with a plan. You can swap similar type fish on your list with other similar.
     
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    Interestin about the wrasse, i reckn if they eat other foods they will survive right? cus the problem was feeding i think, i love cleaner wrasses and i really want one but would feel to bad knowing it will starve :(
     
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    went on a mission to sheffield on sunday with specifically the dusky angel and lavender tang in mind... no angel, but chased a lavender tang for ages, he was in the open though and so struggled to trap him anywhere! did't come home empty handed though - got me a nice juvenile convict surgeon who has settled in nicely. tomorrow going to scope out umdloti :) wish me luck!
     
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    Have to say, only places I've ever seen a Multispinus is on North Pier or Vechies.
    Never seen them in the rock pools on our coast.
     
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    I agree with you Craig. They use to be thick in the area. They are present on Vetchies, but not as much.
     
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