Wanting a red fish but don't want a ton of aggression. Help

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  1. Hannah

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    My grandma and I have a 40 gal tank with lots of live rock and pretty much basic lighting. We currently have a goby, a sailfin tang, a medium sized clown fish, and blue damsel. We are not wanting a new fish any time soon because we just lost our smaller clown for some reason (the saline seems to stay high no matter how many times we add fresh water) and the man in town who "knows" what he is talking about sold my grandma a yellow tang and the sailfin tang together even though he knows what kind of set up we have and should have known they would fight to the death.:eek: Now we are looking to outside help. We want a red fish I know the flame angel is red and does not get really really big but I am concerned it may be too big for the amount of space left in the tank, and it is a little aggressive isn't it?? Also, we don't currently have a protein skimmer we have a "stretch hex" and it has proven nearly impossible to find a skimmer to fit it. ANY help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  3. rakabos

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    Hi

    A skimmer is pretty much a must. Please tell us more about your system and post some pics. Does it have a sump? If not then you could have a hang on back (HOB) skimmer fitted or even a canister filter. Do you have any coral and what types. More info will help us help you
     
  4. KeeganP

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    Hello
    Welcome, as Rakabos says, can you tell us a little more about your set-up and pic's will be awesome. are you topping up your tank with fresh water or doing some change with fresh water? it's recommended that you use R.O (Reverse Osmosis) water to do top ups.

    Regards
     
  5. Hannah

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    I can't post any pics right now because I am away at school. I can tell you that we don't have a sump and we have a skimmer but couldn't get it set up because of the hex shape and the directions were crazy confusing. I did see a diagram on here somewhere that might help us get it set it up. I know it is pretty much a basic thing. We don't have any corals but there is a lot of live rock. I plan on adding more since we just got the sailfin tang. I would like to get more coralline algae in the tank too but it has only been about 2 1/2 years (lots of people tell me this is still a pretty young tank) and we have plenty of algae on the rocks but for some reason it just doesn't seem to make the jump to the acrylic. Hope this helps! Sorry about the pics I'll ask my sister to take some when she goes home this weekend.
    Thanks so much for the feed back!
     
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    Red Fish= Squirrel fish

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    Just a nice pic:

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    Btw, welcome to the Forum
     
  7. KeeganP

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    Hey there, no stress, pic's isn't a must but its always good to see... as Rakabos says, A hang on back skimmer will work just fine for you, you might have to sell your curreny skimmer and get a HOB skimmer which will work well.
    enjoy school :)

    Nice Squirrel fish sean :D
     
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    My all time favorite fish
     
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    Flame hawkfish.
     
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  12. Slummies

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    look at a fairy wraase. especially the mcoskers. they nice and red, wont fight and be easy to keep
     
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    WELCOME.

    You need to ad a sump if you are thinking of ading corrals to the tank and even without corrals it willl ensure better water quality.
     
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    Hi there,and welcome,there is 3 skimmers that can fit, the small hang on from redsea,or atb hang on(a class skimmer)or boyu has a new skimmer that is double there size of there normal nano,also not a bad skimmer
     
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    :welcometomasa1:welcomeani I have just got a Flame Hawkfish, and oh my word is he cute, they really are charming little creatures.
    Had a Flame Angel some years back but I find they are too aggressive.
     
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  20. Hannah

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    Thanks everybody for the welcome messages! And Colbar that's what I was afraid of I love the look of them but my grandma hates when the fish are aggressive and I don't want to stress her out lol! Thanks for the skimmer advice as well I will look into all of them!
     
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    Good luck Hannah, dont forget to always ask if you need help. we all here to help :thumbup:
     
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