Fish Suitability

Fish Suitability

DISCLAIMER:  Use this information as a guideline only. The information contained in this chart is opinion based upon personal experience.  Individual fish, as well as individual aquaria may, and often do present scenarios that vary from “the norm.”

Rating Guide

A Recommended for Advanced aquarists only
B Usually OK for Beginners
C Usually OK, with Caution!

 

Group/Type Species General Temperament Important Notes Reef Compatible? Rating
ANGEL, PYGMY Fireball Community may be territorial towards similar angels Yes B
ANGEL, PYGMY African Flameback Community may be territorial towards similar angels Yes B
ANGEL, PYGMY Pygmy (Caribbean) Community may be territorial towards similar angels YES B
ANGELS, DWARF Half Black Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Bicolor Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B/C
ANGELS, DWARF Coral Beauty Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Ebelli Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Flame Angel Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Keyhole Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Lemon peel Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Lamark Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Midnight Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Potters Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Rusty Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Singapore Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually A
ANGELS, DWARF Swallowtail Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, DWARF Zebra Community may be territorial towards similar angels usually B
ANGELS, LARGE Annularis moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Asfur moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Blue (Caribbean) moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Blueface moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Cortez moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE French moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Grey (Caribbean) moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Imperator (Emperor)-adult moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Imperator (Emperor)-juv Community Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Koran -adult moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO B/C
ANGELS, LARGE Koran -juv. Community Needs LARGE tank NO B/C
ANGELS, LARGE Maculosis moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Majestic moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Passer Aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO B
ANGELS, LARGE Personifer Community Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Gray Poma Community Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Queen moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Regal, Red Sea Community Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Scribbled Community Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGELS, LARGE Six Bar moderate/aggressive Needs LARGE tank NO A
ANGLERFISH All Aggressive May eat fish larger than self! NO! B
ANTHIAS All Community needs 2 -3 feedings per day MAYBE A
BASSLET Bicolor Community YES B
BASSLET Black Cap Community YES B
BASSLET Chalk Community YES B
BASSLET Fridmani Community YES B
BASSLET Royal Gramma Community YES B
BASSLET Purple Pseudo Community YES B
BASSLET Skunk Pseudo Community YES B
BASSLET Tobacco Basslet Community YES B
BATFISH Orbicularis (Orby) Community GROWS VERY LARGE! NO B
BATFISH Tierra Community GROWS VERY LARGE! NO B
BLENNY Bicolor Community YES B
BLENNY Canary Community YES B
BLENNY Lawnmower Community YES B
BLENNY Scooter Community YES B/C
BLENNY Striped Community YES B
BUTTERFLY Auriga Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Copperband Community NO A
BUTTERFLY CoricolaDot-Dash Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Falcula Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Four-eye Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Four Spot Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Heniochus, Brown moderate/aggressive NO B
BUTTERFLY Heniochus, Black & White moderate/aggressive NO B
BUTTERFLY Lemon Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Longnose Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Pearlscale Community NO A
BUTTERFLY Racoon Community NO A
CARDINAL P.J. Community YES B
CARDINAL HI FIN Community YES B
CLOWNFISH Cinnamon moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH Clarkii Community may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH Gold maroon Community may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH Percula Community may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH Sebae Community may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH Tomato moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH Skunk Community may be territorial towards others YES B
CLOWNFISH True Percula Community may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Blue moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Domino moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Fiji moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Green chromis Community good in schools YES B
DAMSEL Jewel moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Orange Tail moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Neon Velvet moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Yellow moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Striped moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
DAMSEL Yellow Tail blue moderate/aggressive may be territorial towards others YES B
EEL Banded Aggressive NO B
EEL Black Edge Aggressive NO B
EEL Snowflake moderate/aggressive NO B
EEL Wolf moderate/aggressive Not a true eel-more like a blenny NO B
EEL Yellow Head Aggressive NO B
EEL Tessalata Aggressive NO B
EEL Zebra moderate among the least aggressive NO B
FLOUNDERS All Aggressive NO! B
FOXFACE All Community MAYBE B
GOATFISH All Aggressive NO! B
GOBY Antenna Community YES B
GOBY Clown Community YES B
GOBY Diamond Sleeper Community YES B
GOBY Dragon Community YES B
GOBY Engineer Community YES B
GOBY Firefish, Orange Community YES B
GOBY Firefish, Purple Community YES B
GOBY Golden Sleeper Community YES C
GOBY Pearly Jawfish Community YES B
GOBY Mandarin Community Requires lots of live rock YES C
GOBY Neon Community YES B
GOBY Bar Community YES B
GOBY Randalli Community YES B
GOBY rainfordi Community YES B
GOBY Scissor Community YES B
GOBY Signal Community YES C
GOBY Tiger Sleeper Community YES B
GOBY Watchman Community YES B
GROUPER Marine Betta Community Shy & Peaceful -may eat shrimps YES B
GROUPER Black Tip moderate/aggressive NO B
GROUPER Blue Line Aggressive NO B
GROUPER Blue Spot Aggressive NO B
GROUPER Clown moderate/aggressive NO B
GROUPER Flame Aggressive NO B
GROUPER Louti Aggressive NO B
GROUPER Mineatus Aggressive GROWS VERY LARGE! NO B
GROUPER Panther moderate/aggressive GROWS VERY LARGE! NO B
GROUPER Saddle moderate/aggressive NO B
GROUPER Striped Aggressive GROWS VERY LARGE! NO B
GROUPER V-Tail Aggressive NO B
GROUPER Yellow moderate/aggressive NO B
HAWKFISH Arc Eye moderate/aggressive May eat small shrimps YES B
HAWKFISH Banded Community May eat small shrimps YES B
HAWKFISH Flame Community May eat small shrimps YES B
HAWKFISH Longnose Community May eat small shrimps YES B
HAWKFISH Pixi Community May eat small shrimps YES B
HAWKFISH Red moderate/aggressive May eat small shrimps YES B
HAWKFISH Spotted Community May eat small shrimps YES B
HOGFISH Coral Community May eat small shrimps NO B
HOGFISH Cuban moderate/aggressive May eat small shrimps NO B
HOGFISH Diana Community May eat small shrimps NO B
HOGFISH Lyretail Community May eat small shrimps NO C
HOGFISH Spanish moderate/aggressive May eat small shrimps NO B
LIONFISH Antenatta Community May eat anything smaller than head! NO B
LIONFISH Volitan Community May eat anything smaller than head! NO B
LIONFISH Dwarf Community May eat anything smaller than head! NO B/C
LIONFISH Fumanchu Community May eat anything smaller than head! NO B/C
LIONFISH Radiata Community May eat anything smaller than head! NO B
PARROT Bicolor Community Require LARGE tanks-chew rocks! NO A
PARROT Green Community Require LARGE tanks-chew rocks! NO A
PARROT Princess Community Require LARGE tanks-chew rocks! NO A
PORKFISH All Aggressive NO! B
PUFFER Dogface moderate/aggressive NO B
PUFFER Porcupine moderate/aggressive NO B
PUFFER Valentini Community NO B
PUFFER Spotted Community NO B
SEAHORSES All Community Most difficult of fish -needs live food NO! A
SHARKS All Aggressive NO! B
SNAPPERS All Aggressive GROWS VERY LARGE! NO! B
SQUIRRELFISH All Aggressive NO! B
STINGRAYS All Aggressive NO! B
TANG Achilles moderate/aggressive YES B
TANG Blue (regal) Community YES B
TANG Chevron Community YES B
TANG Clown Community YES B
TANG Convict Community YES B
TANG Goldrim Community YES B
TANG Lopezi Community YES B
TANG Naso Community YES B
TANG Orange Shoulder Community YES B
TANG Powder Blue Community YES B/C
TANG Powder Brown moderate/aggressive YES B/C
TANG Purple Community YES B
TANG Sailfin Community YES B
TANG Scopas Community YES B
TANG Sohal moderate/aggressive YES B
TANG Unicorn Community YES B
TANG Yellow Community YES B
TANG Yellow Eye Community YES B
TRIGGER Blue Throat Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Blueline Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Bursa Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Clown Very Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Hawaiian Black Very Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Humu Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Niger Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Pinktail Very Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Queen Very Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Rectangle Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Undulated Very very Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Sargassum Aggressive NO! B
TRIGGER Sufflamen Aggressive NO! B
TRUMPETFISH All Aggressive NO! B
WRASSE Cleaner Community specialized -parasite feeder NO C
WRASSE Coris, Red Community MAYBE C
WRASSE Coris, Yellow Community MAYBE B
WRASSE Dragon moderate/aggressive NO B
WRASSE Filament Community YES C
WRASSE Formosa Community MAYBE C
WRASSE Green Bird Community NO B
WRASSE Hardwicki moderate/aggressive NO B
WRASSE Jansen moderate/aggressive NO B
WRASSE Klunzinger Aggressive NO B
WRASSE Leopard Community YES A
WRASSE Lunare Aggressive NO B
WRASSE Paddlefin moderate/aggressive NO B
WRASSE Pearl Community YES C
WRASSE Pinkface Community NO B
WRASSE Radiant Community YES B
WRASSE Rock moderate/aggressive NO B
WRASSE Saddle Community NO B
WRASSE Six Line Community YES B
WRASSE Sunset moderate/aggressive NO B
WRASSE Twin Spot Community MAYBE B
WRASSE Velvet Community YES A
WRASSE Xmas Community MAYBE B