View Full Version : Fish for my 30 gallon reef

11-28-2009, 01:18 AM
I currently have a 30 gallon with a fuzzy dwarf lionfish. I really want to add some color and more excitement. He is awesome but only exciting when I feed him. What other fish would you recommend for this that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Like I said, I want a little more color and 2 more fish.

11-28-2009, 10:44 AM
With the fuzzy you are limiting your choices to fish that are bigger than the fuzzy. I was going to recommend Anthias but the fuzzy will be fat in no time. You could look in to the pigmy Angels but then run the risk of getting a coral nipper. I would get a Yellow Coris Wrasse. It will give you parasite control as well as a beautiful, banana or canary yellow. A Melenarus Wrasse is real colorful too.

11-28-2009, 10:47 AM
I don't know a lot about compatibility with the Lion, but there are plenty of colorful nano fish out there that you could keep. One of my favorite that is pretty colorful is the strawberry psuedochromis (http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=15+38+170&pcatid=170). Any of the other psuedochromis are nice too and I have never had a problem with them nipping at corals. There are also plenty of other fish like Clowns, a Yellow Watchman Goby perhaps, or some firefish that will add some color in a tank that size. 2-3 more small fish should be fine. Like I said, I'm not sure what that Lion will eat though.

11-28-2009, 10:54 AM
I have a good sized yellow coris wrasse for sale 30.00

11-28-2009, 12:20 PM

Lions normally try to eat any fish that >>HE<< thinks will fit in its mouth so if it is just a little out of range he might try and eat it and might choke on it. If you have a medium lion you need to get your wrasses medium to large if you have a large to full grown lion get a full grown wrasse. It might cost you more money on the front end but if your lion is med and trys to eat a small-med wrasse and chokes you are out the lion + the wrasse. With the wrasse you run the risk of him picking on your cleanup crew.
I personally would get a tang and have it set up with a LFS so when your tang gets to big for your tank that you can trade it in for a new one.

11-28-2009, 08:45 PM
Six-line Wrasse is colorful and good with coral. You can pick one up for $20. Mine even dances for me when I stand in front of the tank.

11-29-2009, 09:10 AM
What i was told about lion fish is that they will attempt to eat any fish that will fit in thier mouth. Long skinny fish like blennys are the type of fish they will natually go after. fish like tangs, and angel fish typically will not be bothered by the lion as long as they are bigger than the fishes mouth.

11-29-2009, 10:03 AM
Fuzzy Dwarf only gets 5 1/2" full grown.

The Coral Shop
11-29-2009, 10:50 AM
I have an awesome pair of true percs that are good size prob about 3" who have a great personality and are very active! pm me if interested

11-29-2009, 12:53 PM
wrasse are a great option, but they need a spot in the sand to bury themselvs so if your sand is too corse or you are barebottom they won't be happy.

I have a Yellow Coris and a Hovan's and I like them both. Both are attractive fish and both love to eat parisites. You will never have flat worm issues with wrasse from that family.

11-29-2009, 03:37 PM
Are yellow coris reef safe. I am just going to have sps in this tank, as I think it is too bright for most lps. I read about them on about 4 different sites and everyone says a little something different about them. Would they eat my cleanup crew?

11-29-2009, 04:37 PM
They are reef safe.

11-29-2009, 05:31 PM
what about snail safe?

11-29-2009, 05:38 PM
Mine has never gone after a snail that stays upright.

The Coral Shop
11-29-2009, 05:57 PM
pm'd ya back! My buddy has one in his frag tank and has had no problems, also I believe they can be helpful against pyramid snails which can mess with clams.

11-29-2009, 06:06 PM
I have a good sized yellow coris wrasse for sale 30.00


The Coral Shop
11-29-2009, 08:18 PM
sent ya an e-mail with some pics let me know if you don't get, it's been goofy lately!

12-03-2009, 11:41 PM
Sorry I have been busy lately. I got your pm and pictures of the clowns. How big are they? I might want them for my corner tank I just set up. What about this wrasse http://www.freshmarine.com/filamented-flasher-wrasse.html . Will it eat parasites and be reef safe. What is a good site that has just info about fish that is correct?

12-04-2009, 05:30 AM
If you want color I have the fish for you. I have a large flame angel that is stunning. He nipped at my lps but that won't be a problem for you going with sps. These are $70 at the lfs. I'll sell mine for $45.