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Old 09/19/2017, 11:16 AM   #1
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Fish Experiences

I'm looking to add a couple more fish to my tank for a bit more life/action, and was wondering about people's experiences with the following fish (liveaquaria's descriptions looked good in general, with 1 or 2 causes for hesitation).

Background -
It's a 38g tank (roughly 36l x 12w x 21h) with a sump, about 50 total gallons.
I've currently got a Maroon Clown who defends both of his nems and a Pudding Wife Wrasse who is fat and happy on pods and similar.

I try to keep my tank as close to self-sufficient as possible, so I like critters that will find stuff to eat on their own and not be solely reliant on my feeding them. But that only goes so far, and I do want some more life in my tank. So...

Here are my current considerations -
  • Tailspot blenny - should graze off the rocks
  • Bicolor blenny - another grazer option
  • Royal Gramma - will have to be fed, but hardy, friendly, and colorful
  • Sunrise Dottyback - same as above
  • Arc Eye hawkfish - it's just a cool fish

Thoughts/experiences? My biggest concerns with most of these are the possibility of them picking at corals/clams should they feel underfed.

TIA.


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Old 09/19/2017, 11:19 AM   #2
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I have a tailspot blenny. Super chill and eats very little and lives in a hole in my rock. Also eats brine that floats by.


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Old 09/19/2017, 02:21 PM   #3
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I had a bicolor blenny many years ago. Really interesting fish with a ton of personality.


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Old 09/19/2017, 06:54 PM   #4
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I like both of the blennies but the royal gramma even more, especially since you're looking for life/action. They're colorful, so they attract your eye from across the room. The blennies are cool, but more subtle.


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Old 09/20/2017, 06:12 AM   #5
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I have a tailspot in one tank and he's quite a character, I have a royal gramma in my big tank and its a beautiful friendly fish. I had a Bicolor blenny in my big tank that would allows nip at the corals, I would all ways have to move corals around to find spots he wouldn't nip at them but he had a lot of personality that's why I put up with his nipping.......lol


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Old 09/20/2017, 06:37 AM   #6
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Do the tailspots graze on algae at all? Supposedly they are herbivores...


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Old 09/20/2017, 07:12 AM   #7
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tailspot picks a bit but I feed the little tank twice a day so no need to pick a whole lot......lol


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Old 09/20/2017, 07:15 AM   #8
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See, if I feed 2x a week that's a lot, so I can't have fish that are dependent on outside food sources.


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Old 09/20/2017, 08:00 AM   #9
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Royal Gramma I had used to eat bristle worms. Every morning his face was covered in bristles from his nightly adventures. Great fish.


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Old 09/26/2017, 04:58 PM   #10
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I Always have a tailspot. Mine have all been big grazers. Hair algae. Big personality. they don't bother anyone, seem to be able to defend themselves .


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Old 09/26/2017, 06:24 PM   #11
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I would scratch Ecsenius bicolor. High percentage of captive specimens are nippers


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