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My favourite algae eating (herbivorous) marine fish

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    Think it is similar to the yellow eye kole tang (both are bristle tooths) in terms of its grazing (also likes the glass). When buying bristle tooth tangs check the mouth carefully as this is their weakpoint when shipping. IME figting with other tangs not so bad butwould not put two bristle tooth tangs in the same tank.
     
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    My regal tang isn't much of a grazer. He'll peck here and there but actually he's a dirty, disgusting little coprophile.

    My Kole tang: +1 for this fellow. He is an algae eating machine! I don't think he's plain at all. He is still small, but the tan colour he has got going is gorgeous. It's already deepening to a gray colour on his head, I hope he goes blue.

    Very elegant fish.
     
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    I have 4 of the above fish, and they all rock in terms of eating macro algae, my best is definitely the Lawnmower blenny, tough, and as ugly as he is interesting. Great info @viper357
     
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    I can vote for the fox face, great for eating shorter algaes and they are super friendly
     
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    My vote for foxy as well. mine really good nibbler and friendliest in tank.
     
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    I also have a regal and similiar experience to rocketrooster. Seldom has extended nibble sessions.
    If "coprophile" means he lets go all his crap in middle of food at feeding time to upset everyone else's meal, then he fits description.
     
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    My lawnmower blenny turned into lionfish food :( didnt think it would happen cus the blenny was twice the size of the lion, found out the hard way..........
     
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    @dickw, super LOL for regal's poo fest, mine does the same!

    My yellowbelly regal and sailfin do graze, bt go absolute bonkers when i scrape algea off glass, chasing it down... Had 2 Foxies but they never get over their camo stage and don't make the first week, dunno why, they like my fav fish!
     
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    fox and sail.jpg

    My Foxface and Sailfin.

    Foxie also goes to camo each evening ( actually like a rotten banana) after lights out or if threatened.

    fox and sail.jpg
     
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    Clown surgeon
     
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    Thanks for the Info @viper357

    Will have to invest in a Lawn Mower Blennie!!
     
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    i only saw this thread now and i have to agree i have both the Regal and Sailfin..the Sailfin is my algae monster...the regal..he nibs..i had a lawnmower blennie...need to get another one..to add to the already characteristics i have in my tank
     
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    I love a Regal tang. Realy is a pretty fish
     
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    i've got a mower blennie that eats so much algae that its stomach looks like its gonna burst. by far the best algae eating fish IMO
     
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    Are lawnmower blennies local, if not are the local ones any good, they kinda look similar.
     
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    haha my fox face (roxy) does the same. and always in the same spot
     
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    What a stunnng beauty..they're definitely algae grazers to the core..a friend of mine had one..
     
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    I have a local blennie out a rock pool and he is an awsum character and goes crazy almost chipping away at my live rock. My tank is new so not much algae but with the way he eats I doubt much will get a chance to develop haha.
     
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