new fish advise

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  1. chikaboo

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    Hi guys hows every1 today - my devil damsel still seems ok in the sump quite happy he seems all alone - and the others in the tank also seem happy with him not there - just need a little advise - foned a buddy of mine in durbs and he said he sum fish when i go down this weekend - dont know which ones i can keep with the existing coz after battling with damsel i dont want to go thru that drama again! He says he's got dragon wrasse , a racoon butterfly, and a lion fish - what do u guys think?
     
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    Chikaboo - here's my 2 cents worth:
    1) the dragon wrasse is an awesome fish - BUT, all wrasses kill/eat inverts (ie. snails, hermit crabs, sea stars, etc)..... If you are willing to live with this, then no probs on this fish.... also - they sleep INSIDE the sand/substrate of your tank - if your substrate is too course, the fish might hurt itself..... they also tend to start picking up rocks when they get bigger, in order to look for juicy inverts....
    2) the racoon butterfly is an REALLY beautiful fish - BUT, a specilist feeder.... you MIGHT have trouble getting it to eat..... IF you can get it to eat while you are down there - then good on you! Take it.... otherwise, leave it.... it might most likely just die in your tank
    3) the lionfish is also a GREAT and really beautiful fish.... but, as with the racoon butterfly, it is also a specialist feeder.... it mostly only catches small fish (eats them)...
    ONCE AGAIN - IF you can get it to eat defrosted frozen food, then good on you! Take it.... but not if the fish will not/does not feed..... it will otherwise JUST die in your tank!
     
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    lionfish, brings back memories, in my old tank when i first started 15 years ago, i couldnt understand where my damsels and shrimps were going, then one day i saw it in action, lol
     
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    thanx jacqeusb i will be there till tuesday so i will check what i can pick up from the sea i check with the pet shops as well i might be a bit of a nag and check with u guys for all the advise i can get if your'll dont mind!
     
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    We never mind Chikaboo! Rather check with us, than end up with either dead/dying or incompatible fish!
     
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    Hi dallasg i think i have to introduce the lionfish to my devil damsel if u say they like damsels! give him a dose of his own medicine!
     
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    hehe, i must admit i like damsels
     
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