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jdecorse25 06-18-2007 01:09 PM

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?

threnody 06-18-2007 01:16 PM

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.

jdecorse25 06-18-2007 02:16 PM

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

Melissa 06-18-2007 04:40 PM

to make it simple is that most of the larger saltwater fish are not reef safe.

jdecorse25 06-19-2007 07:51 AM

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.

Melissa 06-19-2007 02:42 PM

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.

Robnjo 06-19-2007 04:49 PM

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...

SKAustin 06-21-2007 05:33 AM

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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