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Are We Responsible Enough To Keep Marine Fish


Hello all,

I am looking for some advice for if it is ethical that we should keep our marine fish. Recently our Blue Tang died from marine ich. We had only had him for around two years when I understand the lifespan of one in captivity is at least 8 years. My mother noticed that the blue tang had a white spot that looked like from rubbing around a month ago when our fish came back from being held in our specialist's shop (they had to be kept there whilst the tank was being fixed). She just thought it was aging. Our specialist only comes every two weeks and said only on the second visit back that it was diseased and that we should keep an eye on it. After a couple days we called for him to come look at it, but he did not have the time. A few days later the Blue Tang died. It was incredibly sad to see it lying on the bottom of the tank presumably suffering a painful death.

When we got the tank for marine fish three years ago, we were in no way marine aquarists and hoped that a specialist would be able to maintain the tank and fish. We have had no problems until now. However, thinking back, we have cycled through a number of fish that did not live back to their full captive lifespan. The Blue Tang was the last original fish we had. Our tank is 300 litres and we have about 8 fish at the moment. We have decided not to buy anymore marine fish having found out that nearly none can be bred in captivity and have to be taken from their reefs in the wild. I see people here who take their aquarium as a serious hobby whereas we originally wanted our fish as pets.

What is the solution to better care for our remaining fish? Should we find a specialist who can come to check on the fish every few days as opposed to two week? I might be able to buy and study how to use kits to check daily on their environment, but as the only one in the house who could take the time to do this, my medical condition might not let me care for the fish daily and indefinitely. The only benefit I can see for us continuing to keep the fish is that we have the surety we can afford to keep them as long as they need.

Thank you


Hey grimm personally for me my fish are my responsibility. I would not let anyone else take care of my tank. Allot of serious marine keepers do allot of reading and research to care for there fish. Many people have extremely hard fish to keep in captivity but mange this due to good upkeep of there tanks and research and understanding. Blue tangs have been successfully bred in captivity now and there are many more fish that can be bred also.I personally would be looking int learning more to be able to care for your own fish yourself other than getting people in. Your blue tang sounds like it had ich with can be common. It is very important to choose the fish you add to your tank carefully as 1 sick fish can wipe out a tank.


hi and welcome to tsb Grimm.
I agree with ceech it would be much better if you took the time to research your own fish so you know how to care for them and how to look for illness e.t.c.
I wouldn't be looking at getting someone coming round every few days that will get very pricy.
my advice would be get yourself some test kits (not api as there not good imo) start checking your parameters yourself.
if you have any concerns post up on here in the help and advice section and you will usually get an answer quite quick.

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First of all, I would like to say well done for the post Grimm, I have never seen a post that shows so much honesty and care around questioning if you are a good keeper, this to me shows you are or at the very least have potential of making a fantastic marine keeper.

With that being said, everything posted so far is excellent advice for you, I would personally look at buying a few books or read up on the internet about the fish you have with the money, rather than paying someone to visit you every few days, if you feel that you are not up to scratch yet on maintaining the tank yourself, then carry on with getting someone in every week or two to do your water changes/tests, etc... until such time you feel you can do it for yourself, a big part of marine keeping is getting the satisfaction of keeping the tank yourself and looking at it and thinking I have done that!

It may be a case that because you have someone coming in to look after the tank for you that you may not have even looked at how and why a tank runs/works, so it maybe a case of starting from the beginning and working through it, from cycling to advance dosing, which may or may not seem daunting to you for a start, and even IF you have no interest in learning everything, learning the basics will give you solid foundations on understanding on what is going on within your tank and therefore give you the knowledge of potentially seeing issues as or before they arise.

We have lots of archive posts on the forum that cover the "basics" that make good reading, from adding water for the first time to advance issues (controlling nitrates and keeping parameters in check) for example, so a quick search in the search bar will no doubt find a post that covers what your looking for... http://www.thesaltybox.com/forum/help-and-advice/110278-setting-marine-tank-basics.html <-- Clicky Link

Another good point to start at after reading the above link, would be something like "How to cycle a tank" in the search bar, this will give you the basic understanding of what we do and why we do it, carry on progressing through this type of searching as you get the understanding and this will build the bigger picture for you.
There is a lot of reading to do in this hobby, as its so diverse but as you begin to understand the basics and progress through, you will start to understand on where things could go potentially wrong with your own tank and thus give you the right info you need to adjust your set up if needed to get things back on track again.



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I agree with all the comments and advice above,
its also worth remembering whilst we question our conscience, life on the reef is not easy and few if any fish make it to old age. I suspect a reasonable percentage of fish in our tanks would no longer be here had they been left in the wild.


Quote "We have decided not to buy any more marine fish having found out that nearly none can be bred in captivity and have to be taken from their reefs in the wild." Unquote

I think you might have to reconsider that statement.

2017 Captive-Bred Marine Aquarium Species List Recap Summary
Total Number of Species in the Current List 330
Number of Species Added Since Prior List (including provisional listings) 18
Number of Species Commonly Available as Captive-Bred, Jan.-Sept. 2016 (CB) 27
Number of Species Moderately Available as CB 38
Number of Species Scarely Available as CB 29
Total Number of Species Available as CB 94
Number of Species Not Seen Avaialble as CB 236
Angelfishes (Pomacanthidae)

Apolemichthys arcuatus, Bandit Angelfish

Apolemichthys trimaculatus, Flagfin Angelfish

Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus, Goldflake Angelfish

Centropyge acanthops, African pygmy Angelfish

Centropyge argi, Cherub Angelfish

Centropyge bicolor, Bicolor Angelfish*

Centropyge bispinosa, Coral Beauty Angelfish

Centropyge colini, Collins or Cocos Keeling Angelfish

Centropyge debelius, Debelius Angelfish

Centropyge fisheri, Fisher’s Angelfish

Centropyge flavissima, Lemonpeel Angelfish

Centropyge interruptus, Japanese Pygmy Angel

Centropyge joculator, Joculator Angelfish

Centropyge loricula, Flame Angelfish

Centropyge multicolor, Multicolor Angelfish

Centropyge potteri, Potter’s Angelfish

Centropyge resplendens, Resplendent Angelfish

Chaetodontoplus cephalareticulatus, Maze Angelfish

Chaetodonotplus duboulayi, Scribbled Angelfish

Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus, Singapore Angelfish*

Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis, Bluestriped Angelfish

Genicanthus personatus, Masked Angelfish

Genicanthus watenabei, Blackedged Angelfish

Holacanthus clarionensis, Clarion Angelfish

Holacanthus passer, Passer or King Angelfish

Paracentropyge multifasciata, Multibar Angelfish

Paracentropyge venusta, Purplemask Angelfish

Pomacanthus annularis, Annularis Angelfish

Pomacanthus arcuatus, Gray Angelfish

Pomacanthus asfur, Asfur Angelfish

Pomacanthus maculosus, Yellowbar Angelfish

Pomacanthus navarchus, Majestic or Blue Girdled Angelfish

Pomacanthus paru, French Angelfish

Pomacanthus semicirculatus, Koran Angelfish

Pomacanthus sexstriatus, Sixbar Angelfish

Anthias (Serranidae)

Pseudanthias hypselosoma, Stocky Anthias

Pseudanthias squamipinnis, Lyretail Anthias

Assessors (Plesiopidae)

Assessor flavissimus, Yellow Assessor

Assessor macneilli, Blue Assessor

Assessor randalli, Randal’s Assessor

Basslets (Serranidae)

Liopropoma carmabi, Candy Basslet

Liopropoma rubre, Swissguard Basslet

Rainfordia opercularis, Flathead Perch

Batfishes (Ephippidae)

Chaetodipterus faber, Atlantic Spadefish

Platax bativianus, Zebra Batfish

Platax pinnatus, Pinnatus Batfish

Platax orbicularis, Orbiculate Batfish

Blennies (Blenniidae)

Chasmodes bosquianus, Striped Blenny

Ecsenius gravieri, Red Sea Mimic Blenny

Ecsenius bicolor, Bicolor Blenny

Enchelyurus flavipes, Goldentail Comb-tooth Blenny

Hypleurochilus multifilis, Featherduster Blenny

Hypsoblennius hentz, Feather Blenny

Meiacanthus atrodorsalis, Forktail Blenny

Meiacanthus bundoon, Bundoon Blenny

Meiacanthus grammistes, Striped Fang Blenny

Meicanthus kamohari, Kamohara Blenny

Meiacanthus mossambicus, Mozambique Fang Blenny

Meiacanthus nigrolineatus, Blackline Fang Blenny

Meiacanthus oualanensis, Canary Fang Blenny

Meiacanthus smithi, Disco Blenny

Meiacanthus tongaensis, Fang Blenny (Tonga)

Parablennius marmoreus, Seaweed Blenny

Petroscirtes breviceps, Mimic Fang Blenny

Salaria pavo, Peacock Blenny

Scartella cristata, Molly Miller Blenny

Boxfishes (Ostraciidae)

Acanthostracion quadricornis, Scrawled Cowfish

Butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae)

Chaetodon klienii, Klien’s, Orange or Sunburst Butterflyfish

Chaetodon milliaris, Milletseed or Lemon Butterflyfish

Cardinalfishes (Apogonidae)

Apogon notatus, Spotnape Cardinalfish

Apogonichthyoides melas, Black Cardinalfish

Apogonichthyoides nigripinnis, Bullseye Cardinalfish

Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus, 5 Lined Cardinalfish

Fowleria flammea, Red Stop Light Cardinalfish

Nectamia bandanensis, Bigeye Cardinalfish

Ostorhinchus compressus, Ochre-striped Cardinalfish

Ostorhinchus cyanosoma, Yellowstriped Cardinalfish

Ostorhinchus margaritophorus, Copper Lined Cardinalfish

Ostorhinchus quadrifasciatus, Two-striped Cardinalfish

Pterapogon kauderni, Banggai Cardinalfish

Pterapogon mirifica, Sailfin Cardinalfish

Sphaeramia nematoptera, Pajama Cardinalfish

Sphaeramia orbicularis, Orbic Cardinalfish

Zoramia leptacantha, Threadfin Cardinalfish

Marine Catfishes (Plotosidae)

Plotosus lineatus, Striped Eel Catfish

Clingfishes (Gobiesocidae)

Gobiesox punctulatus, Stippled Clingfish

Gobiesox strumosus, Skilletfish

Clownfishes (Pomacentridae)

Amphiprion akallopisos, Skunk Clownfish

Amphiprion akindynos, Barrier Reef Clownfish

Amphiprion allardi, Allard’s Clownfish

Amphiprion barberi, Fiji Barberi Clownfish

Amphiprion bicinctus, Red Sea (Two-Barred) Clownfish

Amphiprion chrysogaster, Mauritian Clownfish

Amphiprion chrysopterus, Orangefin Anemonefish

Amphiprion clarkii, Clarkii Clownfish

Amphiprion ephippium, Red Saddleback Clownfish

Amphiprion frenatus, Tomato Clownfish

Amphiprion latezonatus, Wide Band Clownfish

Amphiprion latifasciatus, Madagascar Clownfish

Amphiprion leucokranos, Whitebonnet Clownfish

Amphiprion mccullochi, McCulloch’s Clownfish

Amphiprion melanopus, Cinnamon Clownfish

Amphiprion nigripes, Blackfinned Clownfish

Amphiprion ocellaris, Ocellaris Clownfish

Amphiprion percula, Percula Clownfish

Amphiprion perideraion, Pink Skunk Clownfish

Amphiprion polymnus, Saddleback Clownfish

Amphiprion rubrocinctus, Australian Clownfish

Amphiprion sandaracinos, Orange Skunk Clownfish

Amphiprion sebae, Sebae Clownfish

Amphiprion tricinctus, Three-Band Clownfish

Premnas biaculeatus, Maroon Clownfish

Convict Blennies (Pholidichthyidae)

Pholidichthys leucotaenia, Convict Blenny, Engineer Goby

Damselfishes (Pomacentridae)

Abudefduf saxatilis, Sergeant Major

Acanthochromis polyacanthus, Orange Line Chromis

Amblyglyphidodon aureus, Golden Damselfish

Amphyglyphidodon curacao, Staghorn Damselfish

Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster, Yellow-belly Damselfish

Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis, Ternate Damselfish

Chromis cyaneus, Caribbean Blue Reef Chromis

Chromis nitida, Barrier Reef Chromis

Chromis viridis, Blue Green Chromis

Chrysiptera cyanea, Blue Devil Damselfish

Chrysiptera hemicyanea, Azure Damselfish

Chrysiptera parasema, Yellowtail Damselfish

Chrysiptera rex, King Demoiselle

Chrysiptera taupou, Fiji Blue Devil

Dascyllus albisella, Whitespot Damselfish, Hawaiian Dascyllus

Dascyllus aruanus, Three Stripe Damselfish

Dascyllus trimaculatus, Three Spot Domino Damselfish

Hypsypops rubicundus, Garibaldi Damselfish

Microspathodon chrysurus, Jewel Damselfish

Neoglyphidodon crossi, Cross’s Damselfish

Neoglyphidodon melas, Bowtie Damselfish

Neoglyphidodon nigroris, Black and Gold Chromis

Neopomacentrus bankieri, Lyretail Damselfish

Neopomacentrus cyanomos, Regal Damselfish

Neopomacentrus filamentosus, Brown Damselfish

Neopomacentrus nemurus, Yellow-Tipped Damselfish

Neopomacentrus violascens, Violet Demoiselle

Pomacentrus amboinensis, Ambon Damselfish

Pomacentrus caeruleus, Caerulean Damselfish

Pomacentrus coelestis, Neon Damselfish

Pomacentrus nagasakiensis, Nagasaki Damselfish

Pomacentrus pavo, Sapphire Damselfish

Dartfishes (Ptereleotridae)

Nemateleotris decora, Purple Firefish

Parioglossus cf. dotui, Dotui Dartfish

Dottybacks (Pseudochromidae)

Congrogadus subducens, Wolf Blenny

Cypho purpurascens, Oblique Lined Dottyback

Labracinus cyclophthalmus, Red Dottyback

Labracinus lineatus, Lined Dottyback

Manonichthys alleni, Allen’s Dottyback

Manonichthys polynemus, Longfin Dottyback

Manonichthys splendens, Splendid Dottyback

Ogilbyina novaehollandiae, Australian Pseudochromis

Oxycercichthys veliferus, Sailfin Dottyback

Pictichromis diadema, Diadem Dottyback

Pictichromis paccagnellae, Bicolor or Royal Dottyback

Pictichromis porphyrea, Magenta Dottyback

Pseudochromis aldabraensis, Neon Dottyback

Pseudochromis bitaeniatus, Double Striped Dottyback

Pseudochromis coccinicauda, Yellow-breasted Dottyback

Pseudochromis cyanotaenia, Blue Bar Dottyback

Pseudochromis dilectus, Dilectus Dottyback

Pseudochromis elongatus, Red Head Elegant Dottyback

Pseudochromis flavivertex, Sunrise Dottyback

Pseudochromis fridmani, Orchid Dottyback

Pseudochromis fuscus, Dusky or Yellow Dottyback

Pseudochromis olivaceus, Olive Dottyback

Pseudochromis sankeyi, Sankey’s or Striped Dottyback

Pseudochromis springeri, Springer’s Dottyback

Pseudochromis steenei, Flamehead or Steen’s Dottyback

Pseudochromis tapeinosoma, Blackmargin Dottyback

Pseudochromis tonozukai, Tono’s or Orange Peel Dottyback

Pseudoplesiops wassi, Fleck fin Dottyback

Dragonets (Callionymidae)

Callionymus bairdi, Lancer Dragonet

Callionymus enneactis, Mosaic Dragonet

Synchiropus ocellatus, Scooter Blenny

Synchiropus picturatus, Spotted Mandarin

Synchiropus splendidus, Green Mandarin

Synchiropus stellatus, Red Scooter Blenny

Synchiropus sycorax, Ruby Red Dragonet

Drums (Sciaenidae)

Equetus lanceolatus, Jackknife Fish

Equetus punctatus, Spotted Drum

Pareques acuminatus, High Hat

Pareques umbrosus, Cubbyu

Filefishes (Monacanthidae)

Acreichthys tomentosus, Bristletail Filefish

Acreichthys radiata, Radiated Filefish

Oxymonacanthus longirostris, Orange Spotted Filefish

Rudarius ercodes, Whitespotted Pygmy Filefish

Stephanolepis hispidus, Planehead Filefish

Flagtails (Kuhliidae)

Kuhlia mugil, Barred Flagtail

Frogfishes (Antennariidae)

Rhycherus filamentosus, Tasseled Frogfish

Gobies (Gobiidae)

Amblygobius linki, Link’s Goby

Amblygobius phalaena, Banded Sleeper Goby

Coryphopterus personatus, Masked Goby

Cryptocentroides gobiodes, Crested Oyster Goby

Cryptocentrus cinctus, Yellow Watchman Goby

Cryptocentrus fasciatus, Y-Bar Watchman Goby

Cryptocentrus leptocephalus, Pink-Speckled Shrimp Goby

Cryptocentrus lutheri, Luther’s Prawn-Goby

Elacatinus chancei, Shortstripe Goby

Elacatinus evelynae, Golden Neon or Sharknose Goby

Elacatinus figaro, Barber Goby

Elacatinus genie, Cleaning Goby

Elacatinus horsti, Yellowline Goby

Elacatinus louisae, Spotlight Goby

Elacatinus multifasciatus, Green Banded Goby

Elacatinus oceanops, Neon Goby

Elacatinus prochilos, Broadstripe Goby

Elacatinus puncticulatus, Red Headed Goby

Elacatinus randalli, Yellownose Goby

Elacatinus xanthiprora, Golden Goby

Eviota atriventris, Blackbelly Dwarfgoby

Eviota bifasciata, Twostripe Eviota

Eviota nigriventris, Red Neon Eviota Goby

Eviota punctulata, Finespot Eviota

Fusigobius pallidus, Transparent Cave Goby or Pale Sandgoby

Gobiodon citrinus, Citron Clown Goby

Gobiodon okinawae, Okinawan Goby

Gobiopsis quinquecincta, Jaguar Goby

Gobiosoma bosc, Naked Goby

Koumansetta hectori, Hector’s Goby

Koumansetta rainfordi, Rainford’s Goby

Lythrypnus dalli, Catalina Goby

Priolepis cincta, Girdled Goby

Stonogobiops yasha, Yasha or White Ray Goby

Tigrigobius macrodon, Tiger Goby (formerly Elacatinus macrodon)

Grammas (Grammatidae)

Gramma loreto, Royal Gramma

Gramma melacara, Blackcap Basslet

Lipogramma klayi, Bicolor Basslet

Groupers (Serranidae)

Chromileptes altivelis, Panther or Humpback Grouper

Epinephelus lanceolatus, Giant or Bumblebee Grouper

Pectropomus leopardus, Coral Trout

Serranus subligarius, Belted Sandfish

Grunts (Haemulidae)

Anisotremus virginicus, Porkfish

Haemulon chrysargyreum, Smallmouth Grunt

Haemulon flavolineatum, French Grunt**

Plectorhinchus vittatus, Indian Ocean Oriental Sweetlips

Hamlets (Serranidae)

Hypoplectrus gemma, Blue Hamlet

Hypoplectrus guttavarius, Shy Hamlet

Hypoplectrus unicolor, Butter Hamlet

Jacks (Carangidae)

Gnathanodon speciosus, Golden Trevally, Pilot Fish

Selene vomer, Lookdown

Jawfishes (Opistognathidae)

Opistognathus aurifrons, Pearly Jawfish

Opistognathus macrognathus, Banded Jawfish

Opistognathus punctatus, Finespotted Jawfish

Labrasomid Blennies (Labrisomidae)

Paraclinus grandicomis, Horned Blenny

Pipefishes (Syngnathidae)

Doryrhamphus excisus, Bluestripe Pipefish

Doryrhamphus janssi, Janss’s Pipefish

Dunckerocampus baldwini, Flame Pipefish, Red Striped Pipefish

Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus, Ringed Pipefish

Dunckerocampus naia, Naia Pipefish

Dunckerocampus pessuliferus, Yellow Banded Pipefish

Haliichthys taeniophorus, Ribboned Pipefish

Syngnathoides biaculeatus, Alligator pipefish

Syngnathus acus, Greater pipefish

Syngnathus floridae, Dusky Pipefish

Syngnathus fuscus, Northern Pipefish

Syngnathus leptorhynchus, Bay Pipefish

Syngnathus scovelli, Gulf Pipefish

Syngnathus typhle, Broadnosed Pipefish

Porcupinefishes (Diodontidae)

Diodon holocanthus, Longspined Porcupinefish

Puffers (Tetraodontidae)

Arthoron nigropunctatus, Dog-faced Pufferfish

Canthigaster rostrata, Sharpnose Puffer

Lagocephalus spadiceus, Half-Smooth Golden Puffer

Sphoeroides annulatus, Bullseye Pufferfish

Sphoeroides maculatus, Northern Puffer

Rabbitfishes (Siganidae)

Siganus canaliculatus, White-Spotted Spinefoot

Siganus fuscescens, Mottled spinefoot

Siganus guttatus, Oranged-spotted Rabbitfish

Siganus lineatus, Golden-Lined Spinefoot

Siganus rivulatus, Marbled Spinefoot

Siganus vermiculatus, Vermiculated Rabbitfish

Roundheads & Bettas (Plesiopidae)

Calloplesiops altivelis, Marine Betta, Comet

Plesiops corallicola, Bluegill longfin

Trachinops taeniatus, Eastern Hulafish

Seadragons (Syngnathidae)

Solegnathus spinosissimus, Spiny Seadragon

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, Common or Weedy Seadragon

Seahorses (Syngnathidae)

Hippocampus abdominalis, Bigbelly Seashorse

Hippocampus algiricus, West African Seahorse

Hippocampus angustus, Western Spiny Seahorse

Hippocampus barbouri, Barbour’s Seahorse

Hippocampus bargibanti, Bargibant’s Seahorse

Hippocampus breviceps, Short-Head Seahorse

Hippocampus capensis, Knysna Seahorse

Hippocampus comes, Tiger Tail Seahorse

Hippocampus coronatus, Crowned Seahorse

Hippocampus erectus, Lined Seahorse

Hippocampus fisheri, Fisher’s Seahorse

Hippocampus fuscus, Sea Pony

Hippocampus guttulatus, Long-Snouted Seahorse

Hippocampus hippocampus, Short Snouted Seahorse

Hippocampus histrix, Thorny Seahorse

Hippocampus ingens, Pacific Seahorse

Hippocampus kelloggi, Great Seahorse

Hippocampus kuda, Yellow or Common Seahorse (Hippocampus taeniopterus, currently considered a synonym of H. kuda, has also been reared)

Hippocampus patagonicus, Patagonian Seahorse

Hippocampus procerus, High-Crown Seahorse

Hippocampus reidi, Brazilian or Longsnout Seahorse

Hippocampus spinosissimus, Hedgehog seahorse

Hippocampus tuberculatus, Knobby Seahorse

Hippocampus trimaculatus, Longnose Seahorse

Hippocampus whitei, White’s Seahorse

Hippocampus zosterae, Dwarf Seahorse

Sharks, Bamboo (Hemiscylliidae)

Chiloscyllium hasseltii, Hasselt’s Bamboo Shark

Chiloscyllium plagiosum, Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

Chiloscyllium punctatum, Brownbanded Bamboo Shark

Hemiscyllium hallistromi, Papuan Epaulette Shark

Hemiscyllium ocellatum, Epaulette Shark

Sharks, Bullhead (Heterodontidae)

Heterodontus francisci, Horn Shark

Sharks, Cat (Scyliorhinidae)

Atelomycterus marmoratus, Coral Catshark

Shrimpfishes (Centriscidae)

Aeoliscus strigatus, Razorfish, Shrimpfish

Snappers (Lutjanidae)

Lutjanus sebae, Red Emperor Snapper

Whiptail Rays (Dasyatidae)

Taeniura lymma, Bluespot Stingray

Tangs & Surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae)

Paracanthurus hepatus, Pacific Blue Tang

Zebrasoma flavescens, Yellow Tang

Toadfishes (Batrachoididae)

Allenbatrachus grunniens, Grunting Toadfish

Opsanus tau, Oyster Toadfish

Triggerfishes (Balistidae)

Balistes vetula, Queen Triggerfish

Balistoides conspicillum, Clown Triggerfish

Xanthichthys mento, Crosshatch Triggerfish

Triplefins (Tripterygiidae)

Enneapterygius etheostomus, Snake Blenny

Wrasses (Labridae)

Cheilinus undulates, Humphead Wrasse

Halichoeres melanurus, Melanurus or Hoeven’s Wrasse

Halichoeres ornatissimus, Ornate, Ornamented, or Hawaiian Christmas Wrasse

Labroides dimidiatus, Cleaner Wrasse

Labroides phthirophagus, Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Lachnolaimus maximus, Hogfish

Parajulis poecilepterus, Rainbow Wrasse.

The list is being added to all the time and while as said above not all are being bred for sale many are and you can expect more and more to become available tank bred in the future. So while you might no consider those regulary available as tank bred you can stock a tank with purely tank bread species. BTW most would consider a blue tang unsuitable for a 300ltr tank.
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Since the above list was produced in November 2016 a number of other species are now becoming available to buy tank-bred including but not limited to one of the aquarium favorites, the Regal Tang, Paracanthurus hepatus.


Since the above list was produced in November 2016 a number of other species are now becoming available to buy tank-bred including but not limited to one of the aquarium favorites, the Regal Tang, Paracanthurus hepatus.

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That's an extensive list there [MENTION=17165]les[/MENTION]. Is There a list of fish we should not import or keep?
I Know of a couple. :(


That's an extensive list there [MENTION=17165]les[/MENTION]. Is There a list of fish we should not import or keep?
I Know of a couple. :(

Am not sure but if not there should be such a list including inverts IMO. Maybe a Google search will find one.


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i think keeping pets is always a moral question
but the ratio of fish caught for food massively outweighs those caught for our hobby
and we normally dont, intentionally keep their predators

I know the vast vast majority of us spend vast amounts of money and even more effort to keep them

so in my opinion yes we are


Why Controversial?

It is subject to too much personal opinion and less based on fact.

Also with the shear number of tank sizes and biotypes available how would you do a single list?

For example you could say lionfish are not suitable. Cant put one of those in a nano tank or sps setup.

But what about the guy who has a 8ft fowlr setup?


Well, there are certainly some species that should not be kept unless you can provide for them IMO. I am thinking some butterflies that only eat certain corals, larger sharks and the Spanish dancer nudibranch. Then again somebody will say some of those can be kept successfully. Having said that you could say the same abot an animal it's just providing for some are almost impossable with the empathis on almost.
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