best small-tank herbivore?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by phishphood, May 4, 2010.

  1. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    Anyone have ideas for a good herbivore in a smallish tank. Its a 4' x12"x16"high 40g tank. Any other fish besides a 'lawnmower blenny? All other inhabitants are peaceful (2x clowns, goby, mandarin). It's either that, or I go with an urchin?
     
  2. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Tail Spot blennies are pretty cool.
     
  3. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    I've been thinking about one and waiting for Neptune to get one in. They do a good job chowing down on algae?
     
  4. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Not sure how much they eat by mass, but my is eating algae etc from all the surfaces in the tanks non stop. I almost never see him not grazing.
     
  5. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    Mine never touches the rock, it must be a carnivore in a vegan family. Hit or miss? But a great fish!
     
  6. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    I love my tailspot, but I don't rely on him to rid the tank of algae, he's good for looking cool and kissing the glass.
     
  7. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    Any other ideas out there? thanks for all the input guys.
     
  8. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    Tomini Bristletooth.
     
  9. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    Will that stay small enough Matt? While I do hope to upgrade, I don't see it happening within the year.
     
  10. treylane

    treylane Guest

    Mini-Scopas
     
  11. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    have a scientific name for that Jess? Or are you just talking about a baby scopas?
     
  12. treylane

    treylane Guest

    Yeah, a small scopas tang.
     
  13. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    Don't those grow to be pretty....huge? I had a good sized one down in SD that made my120g cube look too small.
     
  14. treylane

    treylane Guest

    Eventually yes, you'd have to catch him and find a reefer with a bigger tank, but he could be fine for a year or two depending on how well fish grow for you. I've seen 12" lawnmower blennies too ;)
     
  15. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    +1. Looking for one myself. :D
     
  16. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    IMO, yes. Depending on the conditions it's kept in, (e.g. with no competing tankmates, plenty of hiding space, well fed, great water quality) a Tomini Tang can do perfectly fine in a tank that size for years. A Z. scopas would be fine too. I don't even think a scopas would need to be moved into a larger tank.

    FWIW the Tominis that we have in our big tank are small, even given essentially infinite space to grow. They just don't get very big in captivity.
     
  17. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    Well, tank mates are as I said before, and shouldn't be a problem. As for feeding and water quality that won't be a problem. The only thing I can think of is hiding spaces. I don't have a ton of rock in the tank, and the wrasse and firefish like their crevices as well. Pic is attached. So either a tomini or a scopas would work in a 40g long tank for a fairly long period of time?
    Full stock list:
    2x a. percula
    1x firefish
    1x sm flasher wrasse
    1x mandarin
    1x high-fin goby
    1x pep shrimp
    1x pistol
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    I think you'd be fine with either of those fish.

    What are the dimensions of that tank? Looks super long.
     
  19. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    Love the tube worms. Will the tomini eat those, or damage them?

    This is a great thread. I have a 30g hex and looking for the same. Do the tomini have 'tang fever'? Blue and sailfin I have been around were both squirreley. I have plenty of rock to dart around a through.
     
  20. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    48"x12"x16" 40g long. Thanks for the info Matt.

    +1 on the tube worms. Not a huge issue, but if one or the other is more prone to nipping them then it'd be nice to know. I don't think it'd be much of an issue though.
     

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