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EASY TO KEEP MARINE FISH GUIDE

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SAILFIN TANG (zebrasoma desjardinii)

 

(Max fish size) reach about 15"

 

(Min tank size) 6x2x2ft or larger

 

(Behaviour) Fairly easy to keep but needs lots of room. This one is from the Indian ocean, there is also one from the Pacific that looks different (zebrasoma veliferum)

 

(Food) Feeds on algae mostly but will take meaty foods.

 

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REGAL TANG (paracanthurus hepatus)

 

 

(Max fish size) grows to about 12"

 

(Min tank size) 5X2X2ft or larger

 

(Food) Will eat most foods but will need a supply of algae.

 

(Behaviour) Fairly easy to keep but can suffer from whitespot and latteral line and fin errosion

 

 

 

 

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Indian Mimic tang (acanthurus tristis)

 

(Max fish size) grows to about 10"

 

(Min tank size) 4x2x2ft

 

(Food) will eat most things but needs a supply of algae

 

(Behaviour) Great addition to a tank and usually very mild mannered.

 

 

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SCARLET HAWKFISH (neocirrhites armatus)

 

(Max fish size) Grows to about 3.5" so 20g tank or larger is fine.

 

(Behaviour) Easy to keep but can take small shrimps, crabs and snails.

 

(Food) Will take most foods given.

 

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PERCULA CLOWNFISH/ANEMONEFISH (amphiprion percula)

 

(Max fish size) Grow to about 3" with the female being bigger than the male when adult.

 

(Food) Will eat pretty much any fish foods offered.

 

(Behaviour)Very easy to keep and usually the first fish in a tank thats ready for fish. Best in a pair as they dont take up much room and could possible breed

 

note; THEY DONT NEED AN ANEMONE TO BE HAPPY IN YOUR TANK. they will quite happily make their home in a coral if they feel the need.

 

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Midas Blenny (Ecsenius Midas)

 

(Maximum fish size) 5.1 inch

 

(Minimum Tank volume) 20g and up

 

(Food) Mysid shrimps brine shrimp ,will take most small seafoods

 

(Behavior) Very hardy peaceful fish and a joy to have in a reef aquarium, a must from this species

 

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Lawnmower Blenny (Salarias fasciatus)

 

(Maximum fish size) 4.5 to 5 inch

 

(Minimum Tank volume) 20g and up

 

(Food) Filamentous algae Diatoms and small crustaceans

 

(Behavior) Hand hardworking hardy fish and will help keep Filamentous algae and Diatoms down .Will Nip at Small polyped stony corals so keep an eye on them .If you have a small tank 30g or under only keep one per tank as they will argue over Territory's.

 

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Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus)

 

(Maximum fish size) 9.1 inch

 

(Minimum Tank volume) 100gal

 

(Food) Vegetable food matter and algae such as Norri and spirulina ,also frozen foods brine shrimp and Mysid shrimps 2x a day

 

(Behavior) Good choice fish for keeping on top of undesirable algae and have been known to nip the flesh from Large polyp stony corals .Adult fish can be kept in small groups in larger tanks but juvenile fish are highly territorial so only keep one in tanks under 100 gal

 

juvenile

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Orange shoulder Surgeonfish(Acanthurus olivaceous)

 

(Maximum fish size) 13.8 inch

 

(Minimum Tank volume) 180gal

 

(Food) Vegetable food matter and algae such as Norri and spirulina ,also frozen foods brineshrimp and Mysid shrimps 2x a day

 

(Behavior) This is one stunning fish that has an outstanding juvenile top Adult transformation as seen in the pictures .The orange shoulder will feed off of the sand rather than hard rock work looking for filamentous algae Diatoms and Detritus.In the Book it does say one per tank even a large tank,however we have 5 or 6 and live together with rare outbursts of aggression.

 

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Redhead Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus Solorensis

 

(Maximum fish size) 5.1 inch

 

(Minimum Tank volume) 50 gal

 

(Food) Meaty Foods like Brine shrimp ,mysid shrimp,and will take flake foods(Good quality Flake)

 

(Behavior) Stunning wrasse,males being the more colourfull ,Keep only one male per tank but you can keep a harem(One male a few females)in larger tanks

Can jump from the tank if spooked

 

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Radiant Wrasse(Halichoeres iridis)

 

(Maximum fish size) 4.5 to 5 inch

 

(Minimum Tank volume) 50 gal

 

(Food) Meaty foods ,Brine shrimp,mysid and a good quality flake food

 

(Behavior) A truly Stunning wrasse with a personality to match.When keeping this species of fish they are best kept in deeper tanks as they can jump when spooked.

Also a good idea to give them a good sand bed as they like to dig for tiny crustaceans and sleep under substrate at night.A good species to keep pests under control,pests like fire worms, flatworms nudibranch and pyramid snails

 

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