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dana - 2007-05-21
I've had my puffer along with three other fish for a little over a year, and they are all doing great! I found something funny that was kinda weird is that my puffer loves having her picture taken. I was playing around with a digital camera one day and she started getting really excited in her tank so i walked over there and took a picture of her, and she loved it. She is the only fish that responds to this in the tank, and will follow me from one side to the other following the camera. I definitely recommend a puffer they are so friendly and sweet, a great addition to any tank. I have never had a problem with her and the other fish, I have a snowflake eel, a lyretail wrasse, and a maroon clown.

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  • jada - 2010-04-06
    Wow we saw one in myrtle beach @ original Benjamin's it was so weird we didn't know what it was. It had teeth and looked like a dog. So when we came home I looked on the computer and saw what you posted.

    Does your dog-faced puffer have teeth?
  • Megan - 2012-12-26
    puffers, being predatory animals, tend to watch what is going on around them. they are very smart fish. my jeff (yellow belly dog face puffer) gets all excited when he sees me going to the freezer for his food.
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Diane - 2009-10-29
My husband and I are new at the saltwater. After we got our tank set and waited till all was right w/the salt and such, we bought two of these lovely fish. However, after we put them in, we can't seem to find them anymore, we are confused as there are no other fish in the tank. Hope to see them soon.

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  • carly - 2010-09-19
    Um the last time I had one of these fish it jumped right out of the tank and we found it dried out on the floor =( but they could just be hiding too.
  • Bill - 2012-07-24
    If they are small and you have an over flow on your thank they might have fallen into the overflow so you might have to fish them out if they are still alive. If the tank is new and rocks were not set up sturdy enough a rock might have fallen on one of them. Both of these have happened to me. My experience with damsels is that they usually don't hide. Especially if they are the only fish in the tank! Most of them are fearless. Every time I have ever gotten more than one damsel, they have killed their conspecifics until there was only one left. But those are the blue devil damsels. If one is chasing the other it would be possible that one just jumps out of the tank too, so I would look around the tank also
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-25
    May have jump, got sucked into filter, check sump.  Maybe try sifting the sand a bit.
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Ryan - 2009-06-29
Damsels are good fish for the cycle process and are cute while they are young or juvenile. When they age, like people, they lose their vibrance and become a little more cranky. I house 2 of them now, a yellowtail and a velvet in a 55 gallon reef tank. I was going to trade or sell the damsels after the cycle process was completed but I noticed them eating algae off the rocks in between the zoas and the paly's that the turbo snails can't get at so I am thinking now that I may keep them around. Typically they hate anything new in their space but mine seem oddly docile...they don't attack other fish, even new tank mates. They do go after the snails and my hermit crabs but I can't tell if it is an aggressive lunge or if they are eating off the shells. It appears as though they are just picking stuff off the shells.
Conserve the reefs..propagate your corals.

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joe - 2006-05-01
This website is the best. I got so much info. Oh Yeah!!

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JIMBO - 2008-08-29
I happen to have a Queen Trigger fish in my 220 gallon system. She is now every- bit of 22 inches and just an awesome fish. Does have a temper once in a while, especially if I don't feed her every day, which I usually do. Once in a while I like to skip a day of feeding kinda let things equal out... filters, skimmers, etc. catch a break, LOL. In with her is a 6 inch Huma Huma Trigger, and a 5 inch Undulated from the Red Sea. Also a Yellow-tail Snapper 13 inches. I love all the fish... peace, keep on enjoying your fish and your aquariums. JIMBO...

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  • Steve - 2011-01-14
    Jimbo, sounds awesome, I have had triggers in the past, now I have angels and tangs, and some clowns. I had a Queen trigger back in the the seventies. It never got that large. You're doing something right, good luck. SJ.
  • holli - 2011-03-13
    Where did you get the yellow tail snapper from?
  • michael zerafa - 2011-11-24
    I had a Queen trigger fish in my 4ft tank, it was only about 10in long but i couldn't have anything else in the tank with it because it would kill it. It always went for the eyes first then the belly...
    I had to cover the wires to the pump and the heater with air tubing because it would bite the wires..
    I was also told that if you put your hand in the tank it will scare the fish away. When I tried that the fish without any hesitation attacked me. I've owned a lot of triggers after this one, but not one of them was anywhere near as aggressive as the Queen.. p.s I did use to feed it only live food..
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Kate - 2009-02-18
I've had my yellow tail damsel for almost a year now, it was the first fish in my tank. I've had fish come and go in my tank due to various reasons, but my yellow tail has held on thick and thin and is by far the hardiest fish I've ever had. However, he is aggressive with new fish, though only shortly after he "tells them he's boss". My damsel is cautious and loves swimming in and out of my rock. He is getting "lighter" in color as he gets older. This is a great fish starting out and isn't that aggressive.

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M Woodhill - 2010-09-23
Hi everyone, thanks in advance but I do come cross a problem.

There are lots of stories I've heard o.a. will adopt bta. I have the both and my o.a. have paired. Yet they seemingly accept one piece of live rock as host and schooled around it and never swim afar. They have even swum to my bta as close as several inches.

What am I supposed to do to make my pair accept bta as host and swift them from the rock? I tried some means but seemingly none of them worked but the means stressed them and bta
so is there any solution or I must purchase a pair of maroons or clarkiis or whatever supposed to share symboints in the nature?

Many many big thanx.

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  • aelun - 2011-06-11
    If you are desparate try putting a predator in the tank but only if your really desparate as the clowns will find safety in the anenomes tentacles. Also get 2 anenomes as the clowns may fight over the anenome but I'd get two anenomes and leave the clowns be but do not introduce glass[aptasia] anenomes they breed like wild fire and the clowns wont go near them but anyway have fun.
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Dustin Harders - 2009-05-07
I noticed a lot of people have posted that they have had their emperor angel for years and have had no signs of color change. I bought mine about a year ago as a juvenile and with in a few weeks noticed it start to change. Now almost a year later the change is almost complete. The only thing left is the black mask around the eyes. I don't know that I have done anything special or maybe I bought him right before he would have naturally started his change. I just thought this very interesting and maybe someone would know why mine changed when no one elses is.

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  • laQrisha tyler - 2010-05-20
    well the anglefish can change colors true, due to the simple fact of how their environment is.
  • anthony nolan - 2010-07-24
    Hi Dustin, I've had my juvenile for about 2 1/2 yrs now and he started to change colour about 3 months ago, and seems to be continuing to change, his lower face is getting pale, lots of yellow streaks on the body, tail getting yellower by the day, eye mask getting dark. How long to go??? do you think he may go all the way?? I'm feeding him on frozen artemia and spinach soaked in vitamin fish oil.
    Any comments appreciated.
    I think you must have bought yours just before he would have changed as I assume they would need to be quite settled to start from a natural continuation

    Regards, Anthony
  • roydroll - 2011-04-28
    My emperor angelfish was eating my sting ray.
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-11-28
    That means you are doing a great job Dustin! Keep up the good work! Good water quality and tank size and appropriate tank mates go a long way. As for the other person eating the sting ray.... yes that is why large angelfish should not be housed with sessile creatures. Sharks will be picked at as well unless they are constantly swimming. Even then those 'eyes' look an awful lot like LPS to angelfish! EWWWw!
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T Gaul - 2010-05-26
Has anyone tried to put a dwarf angel in a tank with the emperor? My tank is 100 gallon. Thanks for any assistance.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-05-21
    Yes, I have coral beauty with mine. It chases it around abit, not much.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-21
    Normally the dwarf angels will do ok with larger angels. They are not seen as a threat.
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-11-28
    Sorry, hate to say, but 100 gallons is too small for this fish. The dwarf would be okay if it was with this fish in a 180 gallon tank. Both need room to have territories. Maybe return your large angelfish and try several dwarf angels in a 100 gallon tank. Rearrange rockwork before adding more to mess up territories.
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Janell Shank - 2012-03-28
I have a Angel his face started turning white is he changing?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-29
    Can be a number of things. I would start with checking all your levels. Also check to make sure there isnt any stray electricity going through your tank. Is it patchy or the entire face?
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-11-28
    Check your pH levels and minimum tank size is 1' of fish per 10 gallons. PH should be 8.0 minimum or they start to fade. Also do you have a probe to attract stray electrical currents? That is a huge thing for angelfish.
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