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Old 02/14/2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Flame Angel fish!!!LPS safe

Ok sorry to askI have heard from many that this cool fish will eat LPS but I keep seeing it in LPS tanks. And even in my local LFS? Does anyone have this fish with success thanks.


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Old 02/14/2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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Coin toss. Mine has been great but I have a few acquaintances who have had to get rid of them due to nipping corals and/or clam mantles.


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Old 02/14/2010, 11:57 PM   #3
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Mine does just fine in a mixed reef.


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Old 02/14/2010, 11:58 PM   #4
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Your prob at a 70/30 chance. 70% your gonna be ok & 30% you'll have a nipper. Most every flame I've ever seen or that I've owned had been harmless but I've read enough threads of folks having to get rid of them for nipping.


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Old 02/15/2010, 06:30 AM   #5
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Mine is doing fine. no niping.


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Old 02/15/2010, 10:27 AM   #6
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you may be ok with Corals but clams in my exp is another story entirely


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Old 02/15/2010, 10:29 AM   #7
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Don't do it! Angles and Butterfly fish have always been a problem for me. Just get a Chevron Tang if you want a bright fish.


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Old 02/15/2010, 04:38 PM   #8
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My flame angel kept my trachy from opening. I took the angel out and the trachy is huge now.


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Old 02/15/2010, 04:59 PM   #9
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As with any fish it is luck of the draw. I have several LPS (hammers, torchs, acans) and have never seen my flame touch any of them at all. But you may get a flame that won't leave them alone either. It is no sure thing.


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Old 02/16/2010, 10:45 AM   #10
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Like everyone else is stating, it's a hit and miss.
Mine is doing fine in a LPS dominated tank.
Good luck.


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Old 02/21/2010, 12:38 PM   #11
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Depends on the individual fish. Flames are one of the "safer" pygmy angels. I have one now in a LPS/Softies tank and have no problems. I do keep him well fed though. I previously had a coral beauty, another of the "safer" species that would not leave my Trachyphyllia alone. If you have a good LFS that is willing to take one back if it doesn't work out for you, they are worth a try IMHO.


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Old 02/21/2010, 01:29 PM   #12
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I had a flame for years and he never bothered anything.


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Old 02/21/2010, 02:09 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info, this fish is on my list, hopefully I'll get one of the good guys.


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Old 02/21/2010, 07:16 PM   #14
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My FA attacked my LPS like crazy. Favia's, Acan's, and Micromussa. He would pick at all of them.


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Old 03/01/2010, 10:06 AM   #15
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Like I said, don't do it! Angels are hard to catch unless you like tearing a tank down! Chevron Tang is just as pretty and way more useful!




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Old 03/01/2010, 06:33 PM   #16
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Everything eats Trachy's. Even Yellow tangs will sometimes take a taste!
Type of LPS/SPS is also a factor here.

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Old 03/02/2010, 10:50 PM   #17
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my flame angel kept both my trachys small too... as soon as i took it out, it is huge all the time... never had a problem with any of my other fish bothering the trachys... everytime the flame angel swims by it would nip at it...


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Old 03/03/2010, 12:56 PM   #18
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Chevron Tang is just as pretty and way more useful!
That is a Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis (Chevron tang) juvenille colors. They're very drab once they turn into adult colors IMO. They also attain a size of 8-10", and IMO are no way comparable to a flame angel.

As many have mentioned in this thread most angels are "hit or miss", but keeping them very well fed, with plenty of tankmates (no boredom) will help, however I steer clear of any "puffy/fleshy" coral like brains, acans, micros, etc.


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Old 03/03/2010, 01:45 PM   #19
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only had mine for 3 months but he has not bothered anything yet


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Old 03/03/2010, 08:18 PM   #20
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That is a Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis (Chevron tang) juvenille colors. They're very drab once they turn into adult colors IMO. They also attain a size of 8-10", and IMO are no way comparable to a flame angel.

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They stay very un-drab for a good period of their life.


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Old 03/03/2010, 09:32 PM   #21
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well I bought one from the LFS he has been a very large coral frag tank with tons of corals LPS mainly even claims, for months. The guy said he never had a issue with him. I keep him well feed and he has not nipped anything so far.


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Old 03/03/2010, 09:39 PM   #22
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I don't know if it makes a differance or not but I have a flame angel in a mixed reef, which includes a frogspawn coral. I bought a very small/young specimen and he has never bothered any of my corals even now, as an adult. I knew it was a risk when I purchased him. May be I just got lucky. Worth the risk IMO.


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Old 03/07/2010, 01:59 AM   #23
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i once had a problem with a clam (passed away that day)


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Old 03/07/2010, 10:02 AM   #24
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my flameangel has been well behaved


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Old 03/07/2010, 01:38 PM   #25
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"Meaty" LPS as said, are at greatest risk. Clams, also. They might also attack Zoas, however nothing attacks my ugly zoas that hitch-hiked on my LR.
Flames are usually listed as "medium risk".
Factors to consider:
Smaller angels are lesser risk, mostly.
Keep 'em FED 2-3x daily MINIMUM.
Avoid the "temptation" corals. Like I said, Trachy's, Lobos, Cynarina, Scoly's.
Bigger tank reduces risk. So to does amt. of corals & other sessile inverts. THE MORE THE BETTER.
Oppurtunites for other activites/ interactions with other fish.
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