Fish that are "NOT" Reef Safe

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This thread is a compliation of fish which are deemed as NOT safe to add to a reef tank. There are many reasons why some fish are not compatible with reefs, and they are issues like coral nipping, clam mantle nipping etc etc..

Post the fish which is not reef safe, explain WHY it is not reef safe and add a photo to you post.
 

BIGgourami

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depends what's safe.

eels are great reef inhabvitant but can knock over poorly secured corals or the rocks they rest on lions are good too but terrors of water quality.
and i assume invert safe and coral safe are indipendant factors?
 

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BIGgourami;1649106; said:
depends what's safe.

eels are great reef inhabvitant but can knock over poorly secured corals or the rocks they rest on lions are good too but terrors of water quality.
and i assume invert safe and coral safe are indipendant factors?

yes, when refering to something which is not reef safe..refers to fish which can easily disrupt the rock structure causing collapse which would be devasting for the corals on the rock...Fish which reef on coral...fish which feed on invertibrates....
 

BIGgourami

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if it's a group of fish usually considered non reef safe (lets say triggers) and there's an exception to we just note the exceptions? like a bluethroat...

si it includes fish/invert that:
eat coral
nip at corals
knock over corals
undermine corals?
cover corals in sand?
eat inverts typically associated with a reef tank?
 

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Most of the Arothron puffer's are not reef-safe. There fused theeth are disigned to destroy Inverts.
Although I dont keep a Reef, my Arothron regulary bites off large chunks of Live rock and turns it into sand.
 

BIGgourami

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parrotfish and most triggers/ filefish/ tobies..... usualy will eat/mip at corals and fleshy bits (clam mantles etc...)
 

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BIGgourami;1649217; said:
if it's a group of fish usually considered non reef safe (lets say triggers) and there's an exception to we just note the exceptions? like a bluethroat...

si it includes fish/invert that:
eat coral
nip at corals
knock over corals
undermine corals?
cover corals in sand?
eat inverts typically associated with a reef tank?

Yes, please do note the exception...
 

Otto_VonBacon

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BIGgourami;1649106; said:
depends what's safe.

eels are great reef inhabvitant but can knock over poorly secured corals or the rocks they rest on lions are good too but terrors of water quality.
and i assume invert safe and coral safe are indipendant factors?
So lionfish are safe for reefs? do they get around will all corals? if so this is great news..
 

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well they arent invert safe
 
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