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    Question Recomended list

    Hi all,

    While surfing I came upon this list of reef inhabitants that are NOT recommended to keep. The flame Scallop is one I see quite often at my LFS.

    What are your thoughts?

    Is there a list of inhabitants that are recommended?

    Shrimpfish (or Razor fish), Aeoliscus strigatus.
    Bandit Angelfish, Apolemichthys arcuatus.
    Multi-barred Angelfish, Centropyge multifasciatus.
    Foureye Butterflyfish, Chaetodon capistratus.
    Lined Butterflyfish, Chaetodon lineolatus.
    Ornate Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ornatissimus.
    Long-nosed Filefish, Microlabrichthys evansi.
    Blue Ribbon Eel, Rhinomuraena amboinensis.
    Nudibranchs - specialized feeders, when dead can highly pollute tanks.
    Carnation Corals - deep sea coral that requires darkness and lots of feeding.
    Octopus - require highly specialized environment to prevent them from escaping.
    Jellyfish - require a round tank with good water flow to keep them moving as they have minimal ability to propel themselves
    Cuttlefish - highly specialized fish that only live a couple weeks in professional care
    Flame Scallops - not enough is known about them and they require large quantities of zooplankton for feeding, generally unattainable in an aquarium.
    Most sea Anemones, which generally only live for 1/80th of their possible lifespan when in captivity.
    Mandarin Fish - need a large mature tank with a natural food supply or they will die.

    Thanks for taking the time
    Louie

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    This list is almost the same as the list (not a list .. more like a recommendation under each of their Pics ) in books I was reading 20 some odd years ago. I think there has been some progress in some areas but everything on that list is impossible or at best very difficult to keep alive in a tank.
    Rob

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    I suspect the actual list of what can't successfully be kept in aquaria at this time would be much longer. Unfortunately retailers stock what they can sell, not what they should sell. That said, as time goes on and we learn more about these critters and our technology allows us to provide appropriate habitats the list of what can't be kept gets shorter. It wasn't that long ago that keeping acropora was simply impossible. Moorish Idols are now being kept successfully under the right conditions too.
    Susan

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    I also thought that Mandarins could do OK with the right set-up.
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    The list is just a bit out of date. I know of people keeping blue ribbon eels successfully and I have a breeding pair of mandarins.
    Susan

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    Yes, but some things on that list, notably the Ornate Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ornatissimus are impossible to keep in tanks due to their feeding requirements. The Ornate butterfly is an obligerate feeder of coral.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Agreed. There are many obligate coral feeders among the butterflyfish family that are impossible to keep in aquaria. At least at this time. There is a guy on Reef Central who is keeping one of them and got him eating frozen food by mashing it into an acro skeleton. He has to keep doing it several times a day though. That's more work than I'd be willing to do.
    Susan

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    Thanks for the replies,

    Ya the list of recomendations or NOT recomended I should say is probably out dated.

    Is there a list of inhabitants that are recommended?

    Particularly clean up crew and small fish for a 65gal?

    Or even a place on the net to look for that info?

    Any help would be great

    Louie

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    Well I started a list of reef critters to help stir up the sand bed so far I have,

    Goby of some type
    2-3 dozen Nasarius vibex snails anybody seen these?
    Scarlet Leg and Blue Leg Hermit Crabs to eat offending algae

    What about brittle stars?

    Anyone have any other favorite sand turners or algae eaters?

    I thought I read that if turbo snails turn over they have trouble getting back upright, anybody else read or seen this?

    Cheers
    Louie

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    The astraea snails when turn over for sure won't be able to get back.

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