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08/16/2006, 09:01 AM
What does everyone think about adding a longnose butterfly to my 75 gal. reef tank? The corals will all be softies....and its tankmates would be 2 oscell. clowns, 1 yellow tang, 1 purple pseudochromis. Please, anyone have any advice or opinions? Buying him as a juvenille will help right? Thanks

08/16/2006, 10:02 AM
Longnose butterflies are one of the more "reef-safe" butterflies, but still a risk, even softies and especially to clam mantles.

I would also be very careful adding one to a tank with a yellow tang. They look similar enough in many cases to ellicit an aggressive response from the tang...I've heard of butterflies getting beaten up quite a few times by tangs, especially the yellow ones.


08/16/2006, 10:24 AM
i had a yellow nose in a reef with clams and never had a problem for over a year and then sold the tank

08/16/2006, 11:07 AM
I had very bad experiences with trying to add butterflies to a tank with an established YT. Be prepared to remove one fish if aggression arises.