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Old 08-02-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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Reef Safe Butterfly fish?


Hello everyone, I was just wondering if the Auriga Butterfly or Saddleback butterfly were to be safe with soft corals such as Kenya Tree Coral or Toadstool Coral?

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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I would say no on the auriga. The saddleback would probably not bother the toadstool but would find the kenya polyps interesting.

But...I would wait to hear from some others to get a better idea on it. Both fish are generally considered not reef safe, but as to what corals they eat that's a different story.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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I would say no on the auriga. The saddleback would probably not bother the toadstool but would find the kenya polyps interesting.
WOW I never thought about how different fish would like different corals. I just saw it as they eat soft corals. haha.
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Give a fish credit for having good taste!
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:59 AM   #5
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Another issue for you to consider is that Kenya and Toadstools don't get along. You need to keep them pretty far apart or the kenya very well may keep the toadstools from opening.
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I keep a saddlebrook and a copperband in my reef tank and the only real problems Ive ever had with them going after corals is with polyps. I keep alot of kenya trees and they never seem to bother them. One butterfly I would watch out for is a kleins as they really go after your corals and ive only had one but took it back for store credit awhile ago. I have a bunch of brains too and they will occasionally nip at them but not too much to be concerned about.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:01 PM   #7
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Wait the Kenya tree corals and toadstool don't get along DX no wonder it wasn't opening up to it's full potential now for a long while. In the new tank I will definitely separate them. Thank you for that tip, also the saddleback is probably one of my favorite butterflies so if that one is coral safe (as in softies) I may change up my stocking list to include it.
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Wait the Kenya tree corals and toadstool don't get along DX no wonder it wasn't opening up to it's full potential now for a long while. In the new tank I will definitely separate them. Thank you for that tip, also the saddleback is probably one of my favorite butterflies so if that one is coral safe (as in softies) I may change up my stocking list to include it.
Yeah, I just learned that a few months ago. Pulled the Kenya out and the tooadstool opened up within a few hours. Had another Kenya by another toadstool that wouldn't open...pulled the kenya and the toadstool opened within a couple of days. I have found all corals that were near the kenyas all look better. Translation...no more kenyas for me.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:58 AM   #9
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Would it be possible for me to seperate the corals but still have them in the same tank?
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:19 AM   #10
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Yes, but I'd suggest keeping them pretty far away from each other and make sue the toadstools aren't down current of the kenya. Would also help to run active carbon.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:34 PM   #11
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Ok that sounds good. Also, would a teardrop butterfly work or a saddleback? Also, how about a longnose?
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:03 PM   #12
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By saddleback do you mean the C. valentini puffer? I kept one for years and he got along nicely with just about everyone in the tank. Don't keep them with starfish, snails, shrimp, crabs, etc. But he let the other fish alone and didn't bother corals at all. Very smart fish that becomes more of a pet.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:12 PM   #13
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Oh no I meant the saddleback butterfly fish, they are on liveaquaria if you want to see one.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:41 PM   #14
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No...I know what they are...but saddleback and sharp/long nose both apply to the toby class of puffer so I wanted to make sure.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:48 PM   #15
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Oh ok sorry for the confusion
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