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Old 12-02-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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i just bought a peppermint shrimp , blue tang and a powder blue tang .

is there any special needs or food ?

iv herd tangs like algea is that true
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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My advise to you would be watch out for an ammonia spike. adding too much fish at once might be a big problem. however i don't know what kind of tank/set up you have. + tangs produce a lot of feces...

So yeah just a heads up.

Oh and about the food: they are herbivores... i feed my tang formula two flakes and sometimes frozen foods.
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They like Nori or seaweed and will need a large tank. 180 gallon minimum.
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ohhh welll ill look out for amonia spike .

ill see how i go
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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180 min ohh haha i have the rsm 250 hmmm


the blue tang is less than 1" so he is tiny
and the powder blue tang is maybe 2"
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:30 AM   #6
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If I'm not mistaken, isn't the RSM 250 in litres, which would be about 65 gallons??? If so, that tank is nowhere near large enough for either of those fish, let alone both..... they may be small now, but they aren't going to stay that way very long.
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Remember, juvenile fish should always be kept in a tank large enough for their adult size. So those fish do need at least a 180. Even when they're small.
That's all I'll say about that.
A varied diet is important for all fish, but even more so for tangs. A good flake/pellet combo for herbivores or omnivores is always a good start. Supplement this with nori sheets, and call that the bare minimum. A refugium is a good place to grow macro algae for nutrient export, but that same macro algae also makes good food for the tangs! Every now and then I grab caleurpa from my fuge and toss it in for my foxface.
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damm it .cant do anything right .


just wanted a nice group of fish
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Don't get discouraged. You should have seen some of the mistakes I made when I was starting out. Just take a deep breath and figure out where to go from here. Tangs are beautiful fish but they are delicate and have some very specific requirements. Live aquaria has a section specifically for hardy, beginner friendly fish. That's where I started looking when it came time to choose my livestock.
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damm it .cant do anything right .

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Don't beat yourself up, many people will try to come down on you with harsh & arbitrary rules on tank size especially for tangs.

Bottom line, if the fish is healthy, it's fine. If you feel it's outgrowing the tank or is showing signs of stress or disease, then look for a new home. Until then, enjoy your new fish.

For feeding, variety is key and keeps them happy & healthy. Seaweed on a clip should be up every day (they are grazers so a constant supply will keep them healthy) then mix up a pellet, a flake and frozen mysis or something. Pick up all 3 & alternate days.
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