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Active Anemone
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I was just wondering if fish help coral grow? I understand its all about feeding and lighting for coral but do the fish benefit at all?

I noticed at my LFS they always have a fish or 2 in the coral growing area. I started a coral only tank in my room about a month ago and just wondering if i should throw one of my fish in it if it helps or does it hurt because fish produce ammonia?
 

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The Fang Blenny
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Fish produce waste which a lot of corals can nom on and grow (they pull nutrients out of the water column). Fish can also keep "pesky critters" out of a reef setting, reef-safe wrasses are well known reef fish because they constantly graze on flora and fauna on LR. Many LFS setups will include a sixline wrasse or a damselfish (they eat bristleworms/flatworms).

It depends on your setup and your preference for adding fish, what your tank can handle and what you want. The corals can do perfectly fine on their own :)
 

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hmm great info! I have a stripped damsel (ref) i will try to catch from my main tank and move him over.

Thanks!

Any suggestion on how to catch that fast bugger! lol
 

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The Fang Blenny
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No problem :) how big/mature is the coral tank? Your OP said you set it up a month ago, but I'm assuming you used rock/sand/water from your DT to "skip" the cycle... You'll want to start ghost feeding before adding a fish just to give your bacteria pops a leg up.

Humbug damsels can get very large and very mean and I think both types need 30 gallons min...

I caught my yellow tail damsel the first time because I chased it around the tank until it gave up the ghost. The second time (in a 10g) I scooped her up in my hand. The third time, she was hiding in her nest, which is an old, open ended barnacle. You may be able to trap it with a bottle trap.
 
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