1. Welcome to The Salty Box, a forum to discuss everything related to Marine & Reef Fish keeping in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in discussions with others.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon

    Dismiss Notice

Featured shoaling fish

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by warby, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. warby

    warby Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2013
    Messages:
    5,695
    Likes Received:
    6
    after some ideas for fish that shoal was thinking anthias to start with but what else is there? looking for around 3-5fish maybe.

    Sent from my s6 using Tapatalk!
     
  2. WardyC

    WardyC Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2015
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Blue reef Chromus are a nice shoaling fish
     
  3. penzo

    penzo Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,767
    Likes Received:
    46
    I don't think you can beat a shoal of anthias,so many to choose from,I had a shoal of scribbled anthias,but I think the ventralis are stunning,I would go for those.they are a little pricey though.
     
  4. warby

    warby Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2013
    Messages:
    5,695
    Likes Received:
    6
    Cheers guys. saw some randalls anthias which looked stunning bright pink and yellow.

    Sent from my s6 using Tapatalk!
     
  5. McPikie

    McPikie Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2013
    Messages:
    1,023
    Likes Received:
    32
    These ones

    [​IMG]
     
  6. penzo

    penzo Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,767
    Likes Received:
    46
    [MENTION=20055]McPikie[/MENTION] yes Phil ventrelis about £200 a pair.
     
  7. city1111

    city1111 Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2014
    Messages:
    1,193
    Likes Received:
    2
    Whatttt ,lol wow be an expensive shoal ...gorgeous tho ,I'm thinking anthias too warby for mine but not seen any nice ones as yet
     
  8. CEECH

    CEECH Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2015
    Messages:
    6,981
    Likes Received:
    5
    Dam thats an expensive shoal but definatelty stunning. I would have said blue reef chromis for a cheaper option but anthias are stunning.The Bartlett's Anthias are also a very beautiful looking fish i have seen them before in my local LFS.
     
  9. maxwell

    maxwell Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    Messages:
    895
    Likes Received:
    3
    Hi
    Ventralis anthias don't shoal they are deep water species and finicky feeders as are all anthias , you can buy 5 then lose 1 or 2 and others drop off over time.They need feeding often like tamarins and fems .

    Bill
     
  10. steve861uk

    steve861uk Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2016
    Messages:
    772
    Likes Received:
    115
    +1 Blue/Green Reef Chromis. Cheap and cheerful, but great active swimmers. Mine have adopted the clowns as fellow shoal/gang members, as they all swim around and feed together :dance:

    I've read that some anthias can be problematic (aggressive) when feeling frisky :friends:
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  11. warby

    warby Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2013
    Messages:
    5,695
    Likes Received:
    6
    when you pull apart a 5ft tank to remove 2 chromis you never want to see them on your life again! haha.

    Sent from my s6 using Tapatalk!
     
  12. steve861uk

    steve861uk Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2016
    Messages:
    772
    Likes Received:
    115
    :lol: Yep, they are lightning quick. Took me ages to net them in my tiny tank on transfer day, that was with all the rock out as well Hystericalsmiley-sex020
     
  13. meejo

    meejo Registered

    Joined:
    May 6, 2015
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've never really found any marine fish that shoal tightly in my tank, freshwater choice was vast, never been able to replicate it in marine even with Chromis :(
     
  14. Wasp

    Wasp Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    1
    Been tempted with some Lori anthias all weekend but they don't seem to be feeding in the shop and very timid as well though. Yet they look really good on YouTube and stunners for not stupid money


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  15. cuprajake

    cuprajake Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2014
    Messages:
    753
    Likes Received:
    23
    chromis will eventually kill them selves, stupid fish,

    anthias require good feeding.

    hard to say, really massive tanks are needed to get good shoaling
     
  16. LewisReef

    LewisReef Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2017
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0
    Lyretail anthias for me. Not shoaling but after establishing pecking order live together relatively peacefully and an amazing fish. As cuprajake said chromis are stupid. ive lost loads of blue/greens before giving up, now have two blue reef chromis and slowly but surely one is becoming more agressive than the other. get the feeling its just a matter of time before ones dead.
    in short, anthias.
     
  17. brisinger

    brisinger Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2014
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    1
    I'd hesitate with Anthias they are not the hardiest of fish and tend to need numerous feeding times. Make sure you do your research thoroughly first. It's a costly error if they won't adapt to your feeding regimes. It's one of those when I've had them that either do really well or just wither and die. No half measures. As for damsels lets just say that me and them have a history. They are like the school bully who seems to take pride in being put in the detention tank... :lol:
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  18. brisinger

    brisinger Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2014
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    1
    I've set up another tank with longspine cardinalfish from a lfs in oldham. They are schooling at the mo' and are like pirhana's at feeding time. They are prompt at reminding me when it's meal time. In my opinion they are quite quite cool especially when their eyes go really blue although they are not especially colourful.
    [video=youtube_share;5Wb1g_5PJec]https://youtu.be/5Wb1g_5PJec[/video]
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  19. warby

    warby Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2013
    Messages:
    5,695
    Likes Received:
    6
    I saw them in that shop a while back (it's my lfs) didn't really do much for me. still got no idea what to add there's 15 fish and the tank looks empty haha

    Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
     
  20. steve861uk

    steve861uk Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2016
    Messages:
    772
    Likes Received:
    115
    Some of these perhaps.......

    Family-Fish-Fish.jpg

    Or perhaps a shoal of yellow tangs....they'd soon fill up your tank when they grow :w00t:
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice