Acans with coral beauty?

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    Pomacanthidae New Member

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    I have a coral beauty that's been with me for over 4 months now, and the fleshiest coral it has been exposed to is a 7 or so headed duncan colony and a neon green favia. My fish store just got some rainbow acans in their $20 frag tank and my mouth is watering over it. I really want to get it, but at the same time, I can imagine it getting torn apart. I know they can turn in to coral eaters overnight, but if it avoids all my other corals, is there a chance worth risking with getting acans?
     
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    Hello! I have a Coral Beauty with tons all my LPS and SPS completely exposed and he is doing good, no coral has been eaten. You have to be sure he is not hungry, it means to overfeed the tank. He can be a bully towards any new fish but no treats to my corals. Btw I have an flame angel too.


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    ok, so I should feed more and then go for it?
     
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    I think so, go for it. Just put more food he will behave I think.


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    With the dwarf angels a lot depends upon the individual fish. One individual may be no trouble at all. Another might eat every coral in sight. Still others might start off fine and later on start eating corals. You just never know.

    I'd try the coral in question, but also have a plan B if things don't work out with your coral beauty. If that happens it's likely one will need to go.
     
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    ok. if so, it will definetely be the acans. I've had my coral beauty for almost 5 months and it's my favorite fish in the tank
     
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    The propensity is there, +1 to Dave, agreed, sometimes a hit or miss.
    Over feeding has its drawbacks as well in regards to nutrient levels
     
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    You mean micromussa lordhowensis the new name get used to it!
     
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    This is not necessarily correct. The op did not specify exactly which species of coral they had. There are quite a few species of Acanthastrea, two are commonly seen in th aquarium trade. One is Micromussa lordhowensis, formally known as Acanthastrea lordhowensis. The other is Acanthastrea echinata, a completely different species.

    Also, while Micromussa lordhowensis is the correct scientific name now, in the trade you still often see Acanthastrea lordhowensis being used as the name of the coral.


    See these links (offsite) -
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthastrea
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micromussa_lordhowensis
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthastrea_echinata
    https://secure.liveaquaria.com/prod...l-aquacultured-usa?pcatid=2982&c=597+321+2982
     
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