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Old 02-06-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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So over the past 6 months or so I've been running a 90 gallon tank, which is now stocked with a small porcupine puffer and a young black volitan lionfish. I'm aware that in short time they will be too big for the tank: I know someone who will take them. I have plenty of rockwork with lots of big caves and a shallow sand bed.

What are some interesting predatory fish that maybe you don't see every day? From what I understand, groupers get huge too fast to be put in my tank; is that true? I used to have a niger trigger, but I decided that triggers in general are not for me. Too aggressive. I considered an angler type fish, and that's still something that interests me. I also like hawkfish and wrasse, but the latter wouldn't work because the hood on my tank doesn't cover the back. Don't want to find any dried up $50 fish on my floor. Are there any cool wrasse that don't jump frequently? Anything at all that you can think of that
A) Won't get huge fast (in under a year)
B) Won't bully my fish or get bullied, in general
C) Won't jump out the back of my tank
D) Doesn't move rocks. My rockwork is gravity-secured.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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gropupers do indeed grow quite fast. I believe sweetlips do as well and they are also attractive juvys. THere are some very interesting eels but you run into the same issue with top coverage.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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Yeah, unfortunately eels are even worse than jumping fish. They actively try to escape all the time! Haha, I would love to get one though. Zebra eels are very cool. And golden tailed morrays.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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Marine Betta is a shy predator that is very colorful. I saw a flourescent orange frogfish at an LFS that was very cool looking.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:06 PM   #5
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what about other types of puffer such as the hawaiian blue spotted puffer
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My vote would be for the angler fish as well.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:21 PM   #7
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I dont know what it is about Florida suppliers, but my LFS are always saying they can't locate any of the anglers or scorpions I'm interested in. When I head out there tomorrow I'll ask again.
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Now a scorpion fish would be pretty cool as well, as long as you were well aware of where he was hiding when it came time for tank maintenance.

You may want to check out the Diver's Den on Live Aquaria as they get some really cool fish in there quite often.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:55 PM   #9
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liveaquaria has a pretty nice scorpion right now.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/diversden...3+3&ddid=56306
If you've never used them before I highly recommend them for their customer service.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:54 AM   #10
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I dont know what it is about Florida suppliers, but my LFS are always saying they can't locate any of the anglers or scorpions I'm interested in. When I head out there tomorrow I'll ask again.
Having been to a few of the wholesale suppliers in Florida I would have to say it's your LFS that is the problem.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:34 PM   #11
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I thought everything over and decided to give another trigger a try. I picked up a small 2-3'' Bursa today

He is amazingly bold, the only fish I've ever had who seemed comfortable from the first second in the tank. He is doing something kind of unusual though - I've never seen a carnivorous fish bite at rock. He keeps trying to take bites out of the dry rock, occasionally taking in sand and algae and spitting it all out. Maybe he's just hungry. Anyone ever see something like that before?
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I have seen many triggers demonstrate this type of behavior.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #13
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Okay good to know. My 1'' blue damsel is giving him a really hard time. He gets nipped, turns around and snaps at the damsel and I can actually hear his teeth clacking. Hopefully the stupid little fish will get the idea soon enough.

The trigger is really making a mess of the tank, pulling up stuff continuously and spitting it out. Maybe he'll actually take care of whats left of my algae.
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Aren't some triggers designed for munching stony corals? I once had a tank long ago that had a niger trigger, dwarf lion and a damsel. And I swear the damsel nipped at the other 2! DO not underestimate the meanness of damsels
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