1.  Threadfin Cardinalfish (  )  These are my most recent additions to the tank [9/10] and I’ve got about 25 of them.  You may think that’s a lot but considering the size of both the fish and the tank, I probably could add another 75 and easily get away with it.  Now, save for the amazing electric blue ring around their eyes, not only are these fish colorless, they’re practically transparent and when recommended to me by a prominent aquarist I met at one of the Macnas, I have to say was a quite a bit skeptical when I first laid eyes on them. So what sold me?  They school.  I mean, they really school; tightly, like those anchovies do when sharks are harassing them on a National Geographic show. It’s about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen live and it more than makes up for their lack of bling as far as I’m concerned.  Every once in awhile, a twosome or threesome will separate themselves out of the fold but when any perceived danger comes around, like a tang, say, they’ll all hook up again and form into a biomass actually smaller than the fish that’s concerning them.  Amazing.

So far, they have been totally non-aggressive toward any of their tankmates and the only only one’s that occasionally bother them are the Chomis [below], and only a single one at that!  I must tell you however, that a few hours after first introducing them to the tank, I DID bear witness to one of the more horrifying sights I’d ever seen there in one of them, that clearly was not going to make it (alive but swimming weakly and getting blown about by the currents) drifted much to near to the mouth of one of the male Bimacs, and was promptly eaten.  Yes, by a Bimac!  I didn’t think it could even fit, let alone that an Anthias would attempt it but yet…?!  Of course now I was worried that the fish had just become Psedanthias greatwhitesharkticus and would mow through the rest of them but everything immediately seemed to settle down afterward and has been so ever since.  Of course, I see now why they still school…