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  • Peppermint Hogfish (Bodianus masudai)

    The Peppermint Hogfish is a hard to find fish for the home aquarium.  These spectacular fish are from deeper water than most ornamental fish causing them to be more expensive than most hogfish.  Watch this small fish around smaller invertabrates as it will eat them if it can get the invert in its mouth.

    The best foods for hogfish are a good carnivore pellet along with frozen chopped krill, squid, clams and mussels.

  • Twin Spot Hogfish (Bodianus bimaculatus)

    Also Known As:

    Two Spot Hogfish
    Twinspot Hogfish
    Yellow Hogfish


    The Twin Spot Hogfish is a very easy going fish to have in the reef aquarium.  Because it is a smaller hogfish it will do very well in a smaller aquarium than its relatives.

    The best foods for hogfish are a good carnivore pellet along with frozen chopped krill, squid, clams and mussels.


  • Blonde Naso Tang (Naso elegans) 

    Blonde Naso Tangs are very popular aquarium fish due to their bright coloring and presence in most aquaria.  This fish should be kept in at least 150 gallon aquariums and tangs generally should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial with new fish, although Blondes are typically not as tempermental as others.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) 

    Also Known As:

    Yellowtail Tang

    Purple Tangs are very popular aquarium fish due to their bright coloring and presence in most aquaria.  This fish should be kept in at least 125 gallon aquariums.  Purple Tangs should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial with new fish.  And they are considered the most aggressive fish in their genus.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Powder Brown Tang (Acanthurus japonicus) 

    Also Known As:

    White Faced Surgeonfish
    Japan Surgeonfish


    Powder Brown Tangs are one of the smallest of the genus Acanthurus,  and it is also one of the better behaved as well.  Rarely will it harrass other fish.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.


  • Desjardini Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma desjardinii) 

    Also Known As:

    Red Sea Sailfin Tang
    Indian Ocean Sailfin Tang
    Desjardin Tang

    Desjardini Tangs are very popular aquarium fish due to their bright coloring and presence in most aquaria. This fish is the largest of the genus Zebrasoma and should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial with new fish.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Yellow Chrysus Wrasse (Halichoeres chrysus) 

    Also Known As:

    Yellow Coris Wrasse
    Canary Wrasse
    Yellow Wrasse
    Golden Wrasse

    These wrasses are peaceful fish for the reef aquarium. They will help tremendously with pest inverts such as flatworms or pyrimidillid snails too. When first arriving into an aquarium they spend most of their time hiding in the sand until they become comfortable with their surroundings.  They can be kept in groups and do well with other peaceful wrasses.

    Always have a cover on a tank that houses wrasses as they can jump out of uncovered aquariums.

    These wrasses require meaty frozen foods such as brine and mysis as well as high quality dry foods.


  • Sea Grass Wrasse (Novaculichthys macrolepidotus) 

    Also Known As:

    Emerald Wrasse
    Green Dragon Wrasse


    The Sea Grass Wrasse is known foreating flat worms, pyramid snails, montipora eating nudibranches. They are relatively peaceful and like a sandy bottom to bury themselves.  It is not uncommon for larger specimens to harrass smaller tankmates and eat small crabs and shrimp.

    Always have a cover on a tank that houses wrasses as they can jump out of uncovered aquariums.

    These wrasses require meaty frozen foods such as brine and mysis as well as high quality dry foods.


  • Six Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia) 

    Also Known As:

    6 Line Wrasse
    Six Stripe Wrasse

    These wrasses are semi-aggressive fish for the reef aquarium. They do not bother coral however they can bother smaller or less aggressive fish and may attempt to eat small crabs, snails and shrimp.  They will help tremendously with pest inverts such as flatworms or pyrimidillid snails too.

    Always have a cover on a tank that houses wrasses as they can jump out of uncovered aquariums.

    These wrasses require meaty frozen foods such as brine and mysis as well as high quality dry foods.

  • Radiant Wrasse (Halichoeres iridis)

    Also Known As:

    Iridis Wrasse
    Orangehead Wrasse

    The striking colored Radiant Wrasse is a very peaceful inhabitant in reef aquariums that are at least 55 gallons. They do not bother coral or other invertabrates like some of the other wrasses. They will want sand in the aquarium in which to hide if frightened.  They are sometimes seen cleaning other fish of small parasites.

    Always have a cover on a tank that houses wrasses as they can jump out of uncovered aquariums.

    These wrasses require meaty frozen foods such as brine and mysis as well as high quality dry foods.

  • Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus)

    Also Known As:

    Hoeven's Wrasse
    Tail Spot Wrasse
    Tailspot Wrasse

    These beautiful wrasses are very peaceful inhabitants in reef aquariums that are at least 55 gallons. They do not bother coral or other invertabrates like some of the other wrasses. 

    Always have a cover on a tank that houses wrasses as they can jump out of uncovered aquariums.

    These wrasses require meaty frozen foods such as brine and mysis as well as high quality dry foods.



  • Naso Tang (Naso lituratus)

    Also Known As:

    Lipstick Tang
    Orangespine Unicornfish

    Naso Tangs are very popular aquarium fish due to their bright coloring and presence in most aquaria.  This fish should be kept in at least 125 gallon aquariums and should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial with new fish.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Bluestripe Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus temminckii) 

    Also Known As:
    Temminick's Wrasse
    Temminicki Fairy Wrasse

    These beautiful wrasses are very peaceful inhabitants in reef aquariums that are at least 55 gallons. They do not bother coral or other invertabrates like some of the other wrasses. 

    Always have a cover on a tank that houses wrasses as they can jump out of uncovered aquariums.

    These wrasses require meaty frozen foods such as brine and mysis as well as high quality dry foods.

  • Yellow Eye Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus)        

    Also Known As:
    Yelloweye Tang
    Striped Bristletooth Tang

    It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.  The Kole Tang is one of the best algae eating fish for the aquarium.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

     


  • Chocolate Tang (Acanthurus pyroferus)        

    Also Known As:
    Mimic Lemonpeel Tang

    It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae. This fish can be aggressive towards other tangs and surgeonfish>.All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal)        

    Also Known As:
    Arabian Tang
    Red Sea Clown Tang
    Majestic Tang

    Sohal Tangs are not for the timid aquarist!  They can and will kill other tangs and wrasses and should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial to any new fish.  They do well with smaller, schooling types of fish and other tangs should be avoided in the same aquarium as a Sohal.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma velifer)

    This fish should be kept in at least 100 gallon aquariums.  It is certainly a beginner's fish but should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial with new fish.  If other Zebrasoma are to be added do it at the same time with the same size fish! It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

  • Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flaviscens)

    Also Known As:

    Yellow Sailfin Tang
    Yellow Surgeonfish

    Yellow Tangs are very popular aquarium fish due to their bright coloring and presence in most aquaria.  This fish should be kept in at least 55 gallon aquariums and multiple yellow tangs in tanks over 200 gallons.  It is certainly a beginner's fish but should be a fish added toward the end of stocking the aquarium as they can be quite bold and territorial to new fish.  It does best in a tank full of liverock where it can pick at any green algae.

    All tangs should be kept in a well established aquarium where the parameters don't change much.  This fish is a bit more hardy than many of the other tangs.

    Like all tangs, this fish should get plenty of algae and dry foods with kelp in addition to frozen mysis, plankton or brine shrimp.

     


  • Regal Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) 

    Also Known As:

    Blue Tang
    Blue Hippo Tang
    Hippo Tang
    Hepatus Tang
    Palette Surgeon
    Blue Surgeon

     

     

    The Regal Blue Tang is a popular marine fish due to its colors. It is depicted in many magazines, paintings, movies and many people have thought of this fish when picking out fish for their aquarium.

    This fish is really an intermediate to advanced aquarist type of fish.  It needs a large tank of at least 100 gallons and certainly 72 inches long or longer.  It likes lots of places to hide in liverock and still ample places to swim.  It stresses out easily and catches a variety of ailments easily through stress caused by rowdy tankmates, poor water quality, poor diet and stray electrical current.  It is known as the "Ich Magnet" in some circles. 

  • Orange Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica)

    Also Known As:

    Firefish Goby
    Fire Dartfish
    Fire Goby
    Magnificent Dartfish


    This is one of the better candidates for a nano reef.  The Orange Firefish can be a little timid so care should be taken not to put too aggressive tankmates in with it.  Can be kept in groups in larger aquaria.

    This fish is prone to jumping out of the aquarium if there is not a secure lid on it.

    Being a carnivore, this fish is looking for small meaty foods such as frozen mysis and brine shrimps.  it will also do well with a meaty dry type of fish food in the rotation.

     

  • Starcki Damselfish (Chrysiptera starcki)

    Also Known As:

    Starck's Damsel

    The Starcki Damselfish is a good choice for beginners.  While it has some of the aggressive traits of other larger damselfish it isn't as aggressive as most.  Do not make the mistake of putting more than one in an aquarium however as they are highly territorial with its own kind and other blue colored damselfish.

    Damsels are very easy to feed.  Food variety is the key so use many frozen foods in the rotation!  Mysis, brine shrimp and plankton should all be staples.   A green based dry food or should also be fed regularly.

  • Green Chromis (Chromis viridis)

    Also Known As:

    Blue - Green Reef Chromis


    Green Chromis are very popular in the hobby due to their beauty and peaceful demeanor.  They prefer to swim in schools so be sure to purchase in groups of 3 or more for smaller tanks and even more for larger aquariums.  These fish tend to stay towards the top of the aquarium dancing around rock formations and currents.


    Although Chromis are designated as a type of damselfish they usually are a great choice for reef or fish only aquariums.  Chromis are much more peaceful than other forms of damselfish and work well as dither fish which help to draw more reclusive fish out of hiding.

  • Sergent Major Damselfish (Abudefduf saxatilis) 

    Most damselfish make great beginning saltwater hobbyist fish based on hardiness, most of these fish however become super aggressive and are quickly shunned by most enthusiasts.   They tend to not play nice with most of their tankmates.

    They are easy to feed accepting any frozen or dry foods.  Always rotate several foods throughout the week.

  • Black Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris var)

    Also Known As:
    Black & White False Percula

    This fish is unmistakeable as an adult, however it is not always black as a juvenile.  The black will darken as the fish mature.  The Black Occi is at home whether kept singly, in a pair or in a group.  They can be kept with other forms of ocellaris as long as they are put in at the same time

    Black Ocellaris Clownfish are captive bred specimens and are very easy to feed.  Food variety is the key so use many frozen foods in the rotation!  Mysis, brine shrimp and plankton should all be staples.   A green based dry food should also be fed regularly.

  • True Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)

    Also Known As:
    Clown Anemonefish
    Orange Clownfish

    This clownfish is the poster child of the saltwater hobby.  It has captured the imagination of generations of people in books, documentaries and childrens' movies.

    This fish is often confused with the more common in the hobby, Ocellaris Clownfish. The distinguishing feature to an aquarist is that th Percula has thicker black lines by the white bars than does the easier to keep Ocellaris.  The Percula Clown is more likely to pick on one another but will host well in most types of anemones.

    Clownfish can often be found as captive bred specimens and are very easy to feed.  Food variety is the key so use many frozen foods in the rotation!  Mysis, brine shrimp and plankton should all be staples.   A green based dry food should also be fed regularly.