As always there are conflicting reports but I had one for years and it did not bother a soul. As a matter of fact it was one of the cooler fish I have ever owned. I just went through the same debate with my Hawaiian Pick Tail Trigger. I read where they would eat shrimp and small fish. The guy who owns my LFS said they were fine and actually has a huge one in his show tank. Well I have had him for a week and he is coolest fish I have owned. In reality I think fish are like people, it all depends on the personality of the fish not the type.
I'm with fio1022. I had a longnose, LOVED THAT FISH!!! didn't bother anything. Found him dried up on the floor. Jumped out thru a crack in top.
Replaced with Flame. A bit of a suspicious character. Doesn't actively bother anything. Alot of personality! BUT I have had a few things "go missing". A peppermint shrimp, all of the legs on an emerald crab and a very small twinspot goby. H doesn't bother larger shrimp (2 cleaners, 2 fire, 2 larger peppermints). A
Also, if you add the larger more decorative shrimp first that's supposed to decrease his likelihood of thinking that they are snacks vs he' in there world.
Trial and error. Just don't get used to any shrimp cause they might be on borrowed time.
Yeah, the personality and those googly eyes make it worth having. I don't get heart broken when a crab or small shrimp disappears, but I'd be devastated to lose my flame, like I was when my Long nose died.
jpa0741, also check out Reeffishes forum here on RC. Lots of good info on many diff species.
IT depends on the fish. I have a Dwarf Hawk. They are a good choice if you love your shrimps and crabs. Mine perches next to my emralds just wishing he could eat them but because of his size the crabs completly ignore the hawk and go about their eating.
On average, the vast majority of hawkfishes (including longnose) eat shrimp. don't let the longnose's small mouth fool you...it will merely rip its prey apart in a piecemeal fashion. The least likely (though it eats them fairly often, as well) IME is the lyretail hawkfish.
Well any ideas on next fish? It seems everything I think I want I find out something that won't work. I am only have 2 fish sofar in my 92g and can't seem to find anything else to put in. I don't want all small fish like a royal gramma or chromis. I currently have a f.p. clown and a sixline wrasse. I plan on getting a lemonpeel dwarf angel in the future when tank is a little older. Unless I hear the normal response of why I should not get it. I am planning on having maybe 7 fish total with a couple in the 5-6 range. Glad I didn't go with a bigger tank because I wouldn't be able to fill it. Oh this is a FOWLR tank. Thanks for letting me vent and any suggestions would be great.