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post #1 of 8 Old 06-18-2007, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Reef safe?

When they say that a particular fish isn't reef safe, what exactly do they mean? Shrimp, clams & crabs aren't safe or the corals aren't safe?

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-18-2007, 01:16 PM
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If a fish is not 'Reef Safe', it typically implies that the fish is not safe to add to a reef (ie, soft coral) aquarium due to the fact the fish is inclined to eat/pick at the corals.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-18-2007, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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reef safe

Does anybody have photos of a set up with fish that aren't reef safe?

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-18-2007, 04:40 PM
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to make it simple is that most of the larger saltwater fish are not reef safe.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-19-2007, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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reef safe

We have a coral beauty and a dragon wrasse. I've read that they aren't reef safe, so I'm trying to figure out how to make a beautiful aquarium without corals.

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-19-2007, 02:42 PM
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well artificail corals would be worth your time. usually over time they will get algea on them. maybe find a few good pieces on colorfull live rock. or focus you color on you fish, have them be the main color/beauty to your tank.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-19-2007, 04:49 PM
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As Melissa said, Live Rock is the way to go for that Reef tank look without having corals. Its a good way to see what your fish will do as there is often small coral and sponge bits on Live Rock, they may eat them or they may not...

Saltwater 4foot (67gal) and Reef Rock/Plugs (300)Sump (12gal) with a 3000ltr/hr return pump(32watts)
1x 6025, 3 x TUNZE 6045 for flow.
Aquasonic Skimmer with 3000ltr pump
16watt UV. *5 Lights: 2 Actinics and 2 Daylights and 1 Gro-Lux.
*Fish @ the moment: Powder Blue Tang, South Seas Devil, Mandarinfish, Lemon Peel, Bi-colour angel, Coral beauty, Scopas Tang(4in), Coral Banded Shrimp(been in tank for 4/5yrs) and a Dusky Anemonefish(3in).. and 2 Red Base Sand Anemones..A pair peppermint shrimps.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-21-2007, 05:33 AM
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Before you make any plans, you should look into the reasons these fish are not "reef safe". The Coral Beauty is known to occasionally nip at LPS corals. The dragon Wrasse is listed as not "reef safe" because of it's tendency to flip and move Live Rock and corals.

If you plan to add live rock, I recommend that you drill and anchor your pieces to one another with rigid tubing. As long as your structure is solid, you should be fine with mushrooms, zoos and other soft corals.

Also keep in mind the the dragon wrasse will reach about 12".

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