What are your 2 favorite fishes? Limit to two only please.

Wen

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Pearly / yellowhead jawfish are in my top two. Love their iridescent shimmer, how they hover over their den, how cute it is when they decorate around their entrance and sometimes even use a shell as a door.
Here’s the one I had a long time.
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Hmmm....sorry CBB, second fish would be the Emperor Angelfish. Classy with an attitude. 😂
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Bruce

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For me, it's a Pinnatus Batfish and Queen Angel. Both love to eat corals. :D

What"s the smallest size tank that you would put a queen angel in? I love the Queen angel. I have a 205 gallon (5 foot long ) tank. I imagine that it would eventually be too small for that tank.
 

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What"s the smallest size tank that you would put a queen angel in? I love the Queen angel. I have a 205 gallon (5 foot long ) tank. I imagine that it would eventually be too small for that tank.
They get massive - at least 12" when fully grown. So IMO, an 8 foot tank is really needed. A 250 gallon is 96 x 18 x 31, and that is the smallest tank I would put one in.
 

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They get massive - at least 12" when fully grown. So IMO, an 8 foot tank is really needed. A 250 gallon is 96 x 18 x 31, and that is the smallest tank I would put one in.
I would one up that and say its not right for a 12" fish to only have 18" to turn around in, factoring in live rock and shelter as well. I envision my future queen reef tank being a plywood tank right at 96"x36"x30" or even 96"x48"x30"...so talking 450 to 600 gallons. If that volume is too much, I would argue a 72"x24" is better and would be the same volume as the 96"x18", but more comfortable in two dimensions.
 

Bruce

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I would one up that and say its not right for a 12" fish to only have 18" to turn around in, factoring in live rock and shelter as well. I envision my future queen reef tank being a plywood tank right at 96"x36"x30" or even 96"x48"x30"...so talking 450 to 600 gallons. If that volume is too much, I would argue a 72"x24" is better and would be the same volume as the 96"x18", but more comfortable in two dimensions.
Ok great Thanks I definitely want the fish's well being to come before my selfishness Thoughts on the Scribbled angel?
 

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fish's well being to come before my selfishness
...LOL. That's ok, I remember many years ago an online vendor had a Queen Angel for sale and the minimum recommended tank size was a 75 gallon! I did not know much back then, but I did know I'd probably have to drain the tank some to fit the fish in.
 

Bruce

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...LOL. That's ok, I remember many years ago an online vendor had a Queen Angel for sale and the minimum recommended tank size was a 75 gallon! I did not know much back then, but I did know I'd probably have to drain the tank some to fit the fish in.
Yeah I've seen some pretty big fish in some pretty small tanks online I want this tank to be as stress free an enjoyable as possible Fish stressing out and getting sick won't be to enjoyable lol
 

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I would so love a Queen Angel. Seeing them while diving always makes me smile...they are the most beautiful fish in the Caribbean if not the oceans wide! It's a shame they get so stinking big....it's hard to estimate size under water with no known to compare to but I would swear I've seen some even bigger than a foot long.

Kudos to you for caring enough to find out whether it's the right thing to do Bruce!
 

Bruce

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I would so love a Queen Angel. Seeing them while diving always makes me smile...they are the most beautiful fish in the Caribbean if not the oceans wide! It's a shame they get so stinking big....it's hard to estimate size under water with no known to compare to but I would swear I've seen some even bigger than a foot long.

Kudos to you for caring enough to find out whether it's the right thing to do Bruce!
Thank you very much I seen a big one diving down in Curacoa and it made my dive so much better If all goes well, I'll get a bigger tank in 5-6 years and I'll make sure that it's at least 500 gallons and plenty of swimming space to have one of those beauties
 

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queens are definitely beautiful, but man. i saw an interview of someone at a public aquarium that had a carribean biotope and the tank was not small, 1,000+ gallons i'm sure. and this queen angel was in there just doing donuts and laps all over the tank the entire time. i immediately had the thought of, dang that fish needs a tank far larger than i plan on setting up
 

Bruce

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queens are definitely beautiful, but man. i saw an interview of someone at a public aquarium that had a carribean biotope and the tank was not small, 1,000+ gallons i'm sure. and this queen angel was in there just doing donuts and laps all over the tank the entire time. i immediately had the thought of, dang that fish needs a tank far larger than i plan on setting up
1000 gallons was too small for the Queen Angel? Wow! If that's the case, I'll havetoenjoy them on my dives only then
 

mattzang

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1000 gallons was too small for the Queen Angel? Wow! If that's the case, I'll havetoenjoy them on my dives only then
idk if i'd say too small.. it's just that it was doing zoomies in a tank that huge. i just feel like when a fish does that and it looks like the tank is too small that's just a bad combination. that tank had the space for the fish to do that. but sometimes you see videos of a fish doing zoomies like that, but the tank looks tiny in comparison?

i bet you'll be good to go with a 400-500 gallon for a queen. but like @clsanchez77 was saying, some elbow room so it can turn around would probably be good too. the queen i'm talking about wasn't just swimming in a straight line it was doing an airshow of loops and dives and what not lol
 

Bruce

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idk if i'd say too small.. it's just that it was doing zoomies in a tank that huge. i just feel like when a fish does that and it looks like the tank is too small that's just a bad combination. that tank had the space for the fish to do that. but sometimes you see videos of a fish doing zoomies like that, but the tank looks tiny in comparison?

i bet you'll be good to go with a 400-500 gallon for a queen. but like @clsanchez77 was saying, some elbow room so it can turn around would probably be good too. the queen i'm talking about wasn't just swimming in a straight line it was doing an airshow of loops and dives and what not lol
Oh ok Would a 540 gallon, 7 feet long and say 4 feet wide be ok or do you feel that 8 feet long is the minimum that you would go?
 

mattzang

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Oh ok Would a 540 gallon, 7 feet long and say 4 feet wide be ok or do you feel that 8 feet long is the minimum that you would go?
i've never kept one my man, so offering specifics would be ignorant on my part. my post was mostly to emphasize queens need a huge tank of some kind :p
 

Bruce

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I always say go as big as you can physically fit and China is willing to finance :D
I would of went bigger right off the bat however however the negotiation with my wife got me a 205 gallon I feel that I got screwed over on my tank I got charged a lot more then the quote and the acrylic tank showed up scratched and with glue on the acrylic The company in Texas knew that I wouldn't send it all the way back to Texas from Canada. So all he said was sorry and sent me a scrubbing pad I think I could of easily got a 500 gallon tank, with stand elsewhere and the quality would of been a lot better. They didn't clean the stand after sanding before painting, so I have to get it sanded back down, cleaned and re painted I'm hoping from this point on it goes smoothly. I'm hoping to get the a 500-600g DT in 5-6 years from now. So 5-6 years to get my wife to love this hobby and give me the green light lol
 

DexterB

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. I'm hoping to get the a 500-600g DT in 5-6 years from now. So 5-6 years to get my wife to love this hobby and give me the green light lol
My tank is actually my hobby. But I added some fish my husband really likes - baby Valentini puffer, Blonde Naso, jumbo Starry Blenny etc. I love those fish also, so a win-win for me.

Find a really entertaining fish, that helps. Lol. My Blonde Naso 'plays' with empty shells etc. in the tank to get attention. The Blenny makes everybody laugh. That helps interests your spouse in the tank.
 
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