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Jyetman
08/09/2017, 03:01 PM
Lost my Kole tang today of nearly 7 years. Need a tang recommendation for a 80 gallon reef. My Kole wouldn't touch the grape caulerpa is there a specie that eats this stuff?

ClownNut
08/09/2017, 03:24 PM
doliatus rabbitfish

Gladmaker
08/09/2017, 04:54 PM
doliatus rabbitfish

According to Liveaquaria, they also eat coral and need at least 120 gal, so not suitable for an 80 gal reef.

Sthomasson72
08/09/2017, 07:19 PM
Lost my Kole tang today of nearly 7 years. Need a tang recommendation for a 80 gallon reef. My Kole wouldn't touch the grape caulerpa is there a specie that eats this stuff?



No fish is guaranteed to eat the algae.


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ca1ore
08/10/2017, 10:54 AM
No tangs eat caulerpa that I ever found. Rabbitfish is more likely.

Jyetman
08/10/2017, 03:33 PM
No tangs eat caulerpa that I ever found. Rabbitfish is more likely.

My 3" one spot foxface is eating it but it will take a long time to put a dent in it.

Sk8r
08/10/2017, 03:49 PM
Onespot fox or scribbled will eat it.

ThRoewer
08/10/2017, 11:42 PM
Regal Angels clean up Caulerpa, Halimeda and most other macro algae.

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Gladmaker
08/11/2017, 07:25 AM
Liveaquaria says Regal Angels need a minimum of 125 gal and may nip corals. I would think about anything that eats most macro algae would not be reef safe.

Clowning_Around
08/11/2017, 08:47 AM
Maybe a Tomini but I dont have any first hand knowledge on how well they will eat your caulerpa

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ThRoewer
08/11/2017, 09:40 AM
Liveaquaria says Regal Angels need a minimum of 125 gal and may nip corals. I would think about anything that eats most macro algae would not be reef safe.If the tank is too small for a 3-4" Regal Angel then it is for sure too small for any tang or rabbitfish.

I have some Regals in smaller tanks and they are happy and fat. While a larger tank would most definitely be better, juveniles and subadults can be kept for extend time in tanks as small as 40 gallon if there are enough rocks to hide and feel safe. The only downside is that regals will not grow much beyond 3" in a smaller tank.

I have 5 Regal Angels and so far non of them has done any serious damage to SPS or even LPS (with the exception of a dendrophilia.) I actually even have zoas with 3 of the Regals and they haven't done damage to them.

However, all higher algae I tried to add (including various Caulerpa) got eliminated within days if not hours.

The one invert that is supposedly taking on Caulerpa with gusto is the seahare, though I have no first hand experience with that.

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