03-14-2010, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by wcn84
I think I should be okay with the rabbitfish but I understand I will have to keep an eye on it for a while. I'll keep researching and after I get the system up and running I will post a final stocking list in the order I intend to add the fish.
I think everything in the thread is right on track, with the exception of this Rabbitfish. This fish is a very active species and an extremely fast grower. I have a Foxface in my 180 and it has grown at a ridiculous speed. Not only are they fast growers, but they are VERY active fish They have a reputation for being shy, but this is because people cram them into tanks which are to small for their needs, which eventually weakens their immunity and makes them more susceptible to disease. You would want a 6' tank for any Foxface or similar species, such as Acanthurus tangs.
In your case, if you like the yellow color of the Foxface and want a similar looking fish for the tank size, you should consider a Long Nose Butterfly. They are very durable and slow swimming grazers, which makes them more practical for a 4' tank. They do achieve a 10'' size, but this is at least 50% smaller than a Foxface, and they have a slower growth rate.
Another option would be a Yellow Coris Wrasse, aka Banana Wrasse. They stay smaller, do great in reef settings, are hardy, and give you a beautiful flash of yellow color.