Rabbitfish compatibility

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  1. Raven

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    Good morning,
    I currently have a medium size Rabbit fish (Siganus virgatus) in my 300l tank.

    But would really love to get a Fox face as well (Siganus vulpinus). Some people say nay - don't keep them together, others say yha - go for it...

    What is your take on this?
    Safe to keep these two in the same tank?
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    its a hard question to answer as each fish will have its own personality, i have kept a foxface and rabbit fish together and no issues.

    all depends on size and temprament
     
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    They are both generally peaceful, but as Dallas said, depends on the specific personality of the fish.
     
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    Great question, like Dallasg, Hails said, fish temperament is astounding. Lets consider one thing first, will the fish feel comfortable in you 300l, maybe a larger display would be better with the two.
    I am by no means innocent of pushing the boundaries, but if you add the new fish and it's bullied, how more stress would that add to you and the fish. I know I would be stressed, ask those that know me.

    What other fish do you have, maybe some peeps can suggest a better option that wont cause so much disruption?
     
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  7. Raven

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    Hi,
    Fish list:
    1. Butterfly - nips a bit on the corals, but not serious.
    2. Cleaner Wrasse - doing ok. Eating frozen food, but is a bit worried about him. Started to hide away the last two days.
    3. 2 Clowns
    4. Rabbit (Siganus virgatus)
    5. Cleaner shrimp
    6. unknown wrasse (not sure about the name here... it's Red & blue with white spots on him. Eats Bristle worms, and loves to hide under the sand...)

    Fish that I would love to get:
    1. Fox face
    2. Regal or PowerBlue.. I know that both are prone to ws, but hopefully the cleaner and shrimp can help here. But I'm still deciding if I really want to get one of these...
    3. [Open for suggestions]
     
  8. Hails

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    Look like this Leopard wrasse?

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    Yip -thats him....
     
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    blue star leopard wrasse, great fish
     
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    Those beautiful little buggers do love to hide in the sand alright
     
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    Regals are wonderful. Much hardier than powders. Get a small one. Juveniles get accustomed to captivity much better.
     
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    I want One. :D
     
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    You shouldnt have much of a problem. If they have a go at each other for a few days just consider that as normal
     
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    This is the wrong advice. Fish, in their natural environment do not deal with territorial methods in this manner. I understand that if the fish were placed in a larger system (1500 litres), this could be the case. A 300 litre tank is not a place for two foxies to MAYBE sort out a territorial dispute.
     
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    Fish having a go at each other can often end in one or both dying. Territory battles are normal in the wild but one will just swim away, which cannot happen in the confines of an aquarium.
     
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    I dissagree with both of you and think I have sufficient experiance to say so.

    Every common type species will target each other until there is a doniment specimen.
    And Carlos Fox face are one species where keeping multiple numbers are very possible they are super tolorant of there own species. And in a 300ltr tank two small to med size fox face will be fine 95% of the time until they out grow the tank
     
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    The fact of the matter, we are not keeping fish in their natural environment, we do it by choice. They are not cats or dogs or domesticated animals. So thinking that they will be fine, 95% of cases, is in actually not 100%. However, your experienced views (not that I know you), are respected.
     
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