View Full Version : Angles and reefs

04/03/2011, 11:34 AM
I know this has been a topic before, so I am sorry. Which angel is the "safest" for a reef system. I have a 120g 48 x 24 x25 tank, that is currently cycling.

04/03/2011, 11:59 AM
This is probably a good thread to read through.


A lot of times it comes down to individual fish, or so I've read countless times. I've got an African Flameback (Centropyge acanthops) and it hasn't touched anything other than to nibble any algae around the coral. You looking for larger angels or dwarf angels?

04/03/2011, 07:55 PM
Lemark's angel (Genicathus- reef safe)

04/03/2011, 08:06 PM
like he said...it all comes down to the individual fish, BUT you also need to look at statistics. I currently have a 100g reef setup that has a Flame Angel and a Bi-Color in it that don't bother anything, but I would highly recommend against trying that to anyone else. They were both "adopted" from a friend that broke down his tank. There are dozens of threads about people that have a non-typical addition but there are also 1000s of threads about failures.

04/04/2011, 04:07 AM
or of angels that one day turn around and eat all your corals.

04/04/2011, 04:33 AM
All angels except lamarkis are not all reef-safe, it's always a gamble to put Pomacanthidae fish in a reef tank. Someone told me flames are reef safe but three of my flames love to chew on both LPS,SPS, and zoanthids. Virtually all emperors nip on corals but mine only eat pellets.

04/04/2011, 05:13 AM
All angels except lamarkis are not all reef-safe,

Well, sort of. Any genicanthus (of which lamarks are one) should be totally reef safe.

04/04/2011, 08:11 AM
I have a 6" Scribbled Angel in a 155 gallon softie reef. He has not even looked at any of the corals so far. 2 months.