09-25-2010, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by andrewr2488
I am having second thoughts about the flame angel and damsels. I am seeing that the flame angels nip coral, and damsels are quite nippy with tank mates. Anyone had problems with these fish or is it a uncommon occurrence?
Centropyge angelfish are a "risk" in reef tanks, including the Flame. That being said, for the most part people have had luck, although you do hear of the occasional one nipping on corals. So, if you are looking for sure things, then avoid the dwarf angel family altogether. I personally have a Coral Beauty in my reef... sometimes it will nip... but this is rare and has not been a problem. I believe the key is a daily feeding of the fish.
Damsels as a whole should be avoided in almost every situation. As an exception, the Yellow Tail Damsels are somewhat passive, in tanks of 6 foot in length or larger. In aquariums under 6 foot they show quite a bit of nipping behavior towards other fish.