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Thread: What is your favorite saltwater fish?

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    i think the smallest shark it the cigar shark it grows to be 6 inches
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    Common, Cinnamin, Skunk, and Maroon Anemonefish, Yellow-tailed Damensel fish, Blue-Green Chromis, All gobies All wrasses, Yellow Jawfish, Dog Faced Pufferfish, Royal Grammas, Polka-dot Goupers, Long-Horned Cowfish, Bennet's Butterfly Fish, Frogfish, and Ringed Emperor Angel Fish are all my favorites eventhough I don't own any of them and probably never will.

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    This is my favorite saltwater fish, the leafy Sea Dragon (hope I got a pic of the right species). I saw it for the first time at the Seattle Aquarium. Very graceful.


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    I'm not sure who said you couldn't keep smaller fish with a lionfish. Lionfish, while quite capable of handling themselves, are very non-aggressive. They mark out a small section of the tank for themselves and then hang out there. Currently, I have two lionfish.

    My fuzzy dwarf lion is in a 72 gallon bowfront tank with a small valentini puffer, a jawfish, a gobi, a koran angel, three cleaner shrimp, a small clown (can't remember type offhand, starts with an O), about 75ish or so of both snails and crabs and he does wonderfully. My one complaint actually is he hides so much that I can't see him as often as I like! (He sleeps during the day and finds himself a nice hole to sit in).

    My other lion is a full size and sits in a 440 double bowfront with a school of nassau tangs. The first day he went to each one and brushed up on them. I thought he killed them all, but before I had a chance to clean the corpses out, they were all swimming around again, albeit on one side of the tank. He was basically just letting them know where his territory was. That tank has a full compliment of smaller fish too, with a couple gobis, jawfish and the like to keep it clean. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Lionfish are just simply beautiful fish, and despite their formidable looks, they're rather timid. They lay on rocks to guard their bellies and simply refuse to move in fear of making themselves vunderable. They're also active only at night, so if you do daylight cycles with your lights (that's where you have a set of blue lights come on before and go off after your white lights to simulate sunup/sundown), you're gonna see them primarily during the "sundown" phase.

    Also, they don't NEED live food. My lions both eat frozen food just fine. Perhaps that helps with keeping him from eating my other fish, but after about 4 weeks they were both perfectly happy eating it as opposed to live food. While live food is more entertaining to watch, it's also a hassle for me as I can't see myself keeping a tank just to store live food in. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Hope this helps some!

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    Serranochiritus latus: Sunburst/Fathead anthias.

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    Ryan,

    Your right, Lions can be kept with other fish, but the simple fact is your tempting fate. Lion fish are predators, and while your feeding them prepared food has probably diminished the desire and need to hunt (I mean hey, you can swim with sharks right, even better if they have had a meal before hand.) you may one day find yourself wondering where a few of your invertebrates have gone, or a small fish... Lions can be kept in tanks with more than other lions, it's just that a lot of people choose to keep them alone, not only because they are the hoover of the reef, but they are simply stunning and can be appreciated on the own.

    Oh... and the size of a fish is not the only important factor, it's speed and ability to hide is probably the tantamount trait to look for in co-habitating it with a lion.

    One other thing... one of my friends recently added a young lion to his tank, he had used a blue wrasse to cycle the tank... well.. the wrasse is no longer part of the community... fast, and, bite sized... granted, that lion isn't trained to take prepared food yet.. but you get the idea... it works for you, great... but it doesn't work for everyone.

    BTW, what foods are you feeding?
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    I've always been fond of the dragon wrasse, angler, blue ribbon eel, flame angel, pinatus bat, and the marine betta. I worked in a wholesaler and took care of the salt section. Never had a salt tank of my own. Couldn't afford to buy the aforementioned fish.

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