06-27-2009, 11:08 AM
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i should explain alittle better. again, i do not suggest my footsteps be followed but do as you wish.
these fish are not reef safe due to their habbits of nipping clams and anemones. they are supposed to eat aptasia, which ive come to find mine doesnt/hasnt/wont which indicates my bubble tip anemone is most likely going to go un harmed ( the RBTA appears untouched up to date )
before considering this fish ( and usually most fish ) i make a plan to have a backup tank to re-home a fish if need be. i have not had any issue. i dont suggest going out, geting one, seeing how it does ( and if it doesnt do good ) re-home it. The hardest challenge with this fish is to get it to eat, which i got mine doing. Out of all the butterflies, this and the longnose butterfly are the only ones i would consider even adding to my tank. This is like my flame angel, which ive had for a while now and had no issues to report. My wrasse, like i said eats the occasional small stomatalla snail which doesnt bother me. He leave the other snails alone, so all is well.
There are some fish that are "reef cationable" only because they eat snails or shrimp, or have a chance to nip clams or something along those lines. For example, everyone will claim triggers are not reef safe when i know someone with a pair of crosshatch triggers in a 12 foot reef. I dont think he has any snails alive ( which i dont suggest because they a good help with algaes ) but no corals are harmed. I know a few who keep a copperband, and i know someone who actually invented a feeder for his! ( its really just a piece of tubing rigged up, but still cool to see him use its nose to eat )
There are some fish i would add, others i would consider, and some i just wouldnt add at all. ( like damsels, which are "reef safe" but i would not consider them "fish safe" ) I guess what it comes down to is what best fits your system.