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Species Spotlight - Fish For Aquariums Over 100 Gallons

Species Spotlight - Fish For Aquariums Over 100 Gallons
Adding fish to the correct size aquarium is essential for their continued health and reduced aggression. Below are some great fish recommendations for aquariums over 100 gallons that can co-exist together.

Xanthurus Angels are unique and add beauty to your aquarium! They are hardy and do quite well in the home aquarium as long as they have sufficient space and a balanced diet. This fish can be shy at first and may spend its time hiding, so dont panic and give it time to acclimate. Because their natural diet is so varied, aquarists should always feed a diet that is similarly well rounded. They generally feed on a wide variety of algae, sponges, soft corals and other benthic organisms, which is why they are not recommended for reef aquariums.

You have a customer who wants an Anthias harem. There are a number of reliable fish to help accomplish their goal. The best option is a harem of Female Lyretail Anthias of at least 3, but a much better harem size would be 6 or 9 fish. In a harem, usually one out of the three will morph into a male but you could also just add a Male Lyretail for every 4 or 5 females, which gives a much more completed look and saves the fish a dominance struggle. The males will protect (and harass to a certain degree) the females, making for a really great show. Lyretails are quick to take a large variety of foods, and are quite hardy. These fish are well suited for automated feedings on pelletized foods, which allows for a more natural food distribution over the course of a day.

One of the best and most underrated tangs in the hobby is the Blonde Naso Tang. Their face has very distinct marking that almost resemble a cartoon character. As the Blonde Naso Tang grows and becomes an adult , they will also become darker in coloration. These will take a wide variety of foods, which is good because they should be fed frequently. This is a fish that likes to graze and swim; so they should be given lots of current, and their diet should be supplanted with some kind of algal product. Keep them in groups of at least three, and display them this way in the aquarium due to their aggression. Make sure their diet varies and contains ample marine algae to help improve their health.

The Fairy Carpenters Wrasse would be a perfect candidate to just about any aquarium. Its peaceful behavior and bright coloration makes it very popular by hobbyists. When beginning a new aquarium, the Carpenters Wrasse can live in groups and should be the fish that is added last because they tend to be harassed by other fish. Furthermore, the female should be added before the males for the same reason. The males are slightly larger and paler than the females. Their color will deepen during courtship. It is strongly advised that the aquarium has a tight fitting lid because they are known to jump out. Their diet should include frozen meaty foods like brine shrimp, marine pellets and flakes. On occasion a seaweed strip should be added to add variety to their diet. This wrasse has a high metabolism, so they should be fed several small meals rather than two large meals a day.