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Today at the lfs I was looking at a full reef display, then I glanced to the right and jumped a little, a fish surprised me. It was a batfish of at least a foot tall. I called Kevin over (my hubby) and showed him. He fell in love. Then as I was checking out we were talking about a 150g for sale and Kevin piped up and said that if I get a tank for the new house (someday) that I should get that 150g so that we can have a batfish! Then tonight we watched that show and they kept showing the same batfish, over and over, it was perfect!
He says that those fish are what he thinks of when he thinks salt and the ocean. So then we talked about that batfish we saw last year, it was jet black, velvet black, with neon orange edging. Now THAT was a dream fish.
I'm wearin' him down!!! A batfish, a volitan, and yeah... mmm... in a 150g, that would be fun.
 

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Sadly Jessica, what you have set your sights on is the Platax pinnatus, that species as well as Platax tiera are no where near as hardy as the common Orbiculais bat fish, Tims I believe has one of those, they get huge and less cute after a whiile :(
 

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yep, that was a pinnatus... what a gorgeous gorgeous fish! I wish I had my camera to get a pic of that, we couldn't stop staring at it. The orbicularis is what we saw today. Thanks for those names!
 

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Awww Doug ruined it for you. But it's nice to know that the beauty only lasts for awhile and they aren't hardy, before you go and buy one. (this place is awesome for information, isn't it?)
Still... keep working on that dream! Keep the pics around like Kelli suggested. And then you can get a more hardy bat fish.
 

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well personally my dream is a volitan lion... ever since I was 5 or 6 when I saw my first pair. This is so far down the road it doesn't even pay to plan... just dreaming for now, and really I'd be tickled pink with a 125.
 

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Actally the Orbic batfish looks good in the juvinile and adult colorations, not quite as striking as the pineatus but nice none the less. The Orbic bats are pretty hardy fish too, I've had mine for three years now.
 

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Oh Yeah cool as anything they are..
and boy do they eat and eat and eat... including ric's !!!!

yes a very large tank is needs for swimming. mine eats out of my hand and lets me pet him sorta when i am doing a tank cleaning...
he is my avatar and i posted a new pic of him the other day inthe " playing with the camera" thread.
since they have long flowing fins, you have to watch who he is in with.. afoxface is a good guy to have with him , they will love to swim togeather. But a sailfin tang is not a good idea.. there will be attiude big time towards each other..and belive it or no my LMB well go after the Bat in a heart bet..
now the Orbital batfish and the Pinnatus are somewhat very close in size and color. the orbit you will usally find all over the place. ave. size around 12 inche or so fully grown.
the pin... boy oh boy.. if you get the right one.( there is a few varitations of it, actually there are a few variations of all 3), this guy gets to be a monter size and the 150 would be way too small. your looking at a close 16+ inches top fin to bottom....
this is the pin. i have seen some that are not as dark and bit more orange on the tail..

this is the teira batfish
which is very very close in color to the Orbital and also one of the variations of the Pin.. like this one


Platax pinnatus

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the orbital again..

hehehas you can tell i really like them...
if you decide to go for it .. stock up on Nori... and i mean STOCK UP..
must be feed at least 2x a day..and need a good skimmer... and i gota have a bunch of pictures!!
the teira, the orbital and the pin. are the 3 most (sorta) common you can buy.the pin will be the most money. and the teira will be close to the pin as it gets bigger.the orbital is actually the smallest of the three once it hits adult size ( depending on the variation or rather sub variation)
 

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ohhh! sassy ric eating fishy! hehe, the sound my hubby made when he saw what the pin looks like as as adult, that stinks. He still likes the orbital tho... ah well, it's a long ways off! I've got to go find you thread to see your other pics!
 

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should be close to the top. or look at my photo section, blog or webpage..
this is my second bat fish ( 3 rd in the tank) the LFS had trouble getting the young ( 50 cent piece size) to eat... i never ever had trouble. once they start eating good i give them back.. then i decided i wanted to have one.
i hope when the time comes you are able to get one. getting a baby is a great way to go.. watching the grow is way cool.. the looks on my freinds faces when they stop in a month later is really funny..."no way that is the same fish"
 

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Tims...

man...now you actually have me interested in the "pieces of toast"!

Great info...very interesting!
 

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mike one of these times i will learn how to use the video part of the camera and shoe you all the " Follow the finger and wag my body" thing he does ( i have no idea if it is a male or female) it is quite funny to watch him when i get close to the tank.. oh and if anyone feeds him other then me he will splash them after he takes the food..

Sorry jess, did not mean to take over your thread!
 

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He's gorgeous! Can I ask what other fish/critters you have in the tank with him? And what size tank are you housing him in?
 

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right now he is in a 70 gallon and it is basically open water. the tankitself is way too small for him and i am trying hard to find a larger tank for him . i was turned down by local shops and by to Aquiriums!
he shares space with a foxface ( great buddies) a p. clown and a LMB.. everyone will go into the 120 when it is ready except the bat fish.
 

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to get the 150, start hitting him for a 300+ then you can let him talk you down to a 150, hehe
 
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