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Old 03-11-2006, 01:07 PM   #31
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Hey, just look at this as an opportunity to upgrade. Heh. That's what won the war in my house, I just said "Baby, isn't this a PRETTY fish? You know, it's gonna get bigger some day. I think it wants a three bedroom house instead of a shotgun cottage." And voila! I've got two acrylic tanks sitting in the other room and a pile of equipment amassing in the garage! (and a bunch of electrical engineering work for my sweetie)
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:29 AM   #32
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I have a YT in my 75 that is a good 4". I am looking for a 6ft tank to give him more room. For fish that are big tim swimmers, the more horizontal space the better. I don't think it would matter if you had a 90 gal or 120 gal, if it was a 4ft tank, you are limited a bit.

Not saying it can't be done but I think the fish would be happier with a bigger tank. You want the fish to live many years of a stress free life. Hopefully you won't have an aggression with the tangs as they get bigger.

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Old 03-13-2006, 11:33 PM   #33
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And I thought the tang police comment was kinda funny.
I wear that badge with pride. Ohhh...don't get me started. :P

Also not to mention how tangs with start sparring with one another as they mature. Darwin's theory will come into play eventually in an overcrowded environment.
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:14 PM   #34
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I have basicly read all the replys and I dont think this has been covered in them yet so Ill toss it out as a consiteration.

I must admit I knew someone whom had a 90 gal tank with several tanks, foxface and other larger fish. When I say several I am talking at least 4 tangs with a foxface lawnmower blenny a few clowns and some assorted inverts and corals. This tank was great and the fish got along fairly well except for feeding time while his pumps where running. regretfully he had some issues with power outages due to storms or tripped circuts on occasion. Every time this happend if he did not catch it within a few SHORT hours he would end up lossing nearly every fish in the tank due to suffication. An example of how short of an outage would be as short as a 4 hour period over night. The issue was that saltwater did not contain enough O2 in the water to support that load of fish during the inevetable power outage. While the pumps where running he was able to supply enough O2 to the fish. It was always the tangs that went first and often the smaller fish like the clowns would be the only ones to survive.

When sizing a tanks fish load capacity I also like to consiter the overall O2 capacity of the tank and the level of fish that the tank could support if all pumps where shut off for a period of time. Very few of us can say we live in a place that has never had a power outage. We can buy battery backups all we want but they may not hold and its good to feel confident that your fish wont die due to lack of O2.
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:08 AM   #35
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That's an excellent point, fishfreek. Back when I had a FW tank with some large fish in it, the power went out for a bit one time and before long all the fish were gasping at the surface.

I've been noticing some aggression at feeding time, actually. Even if it didn't bother the fish, it's not relaxing for me to watch. I invented and built my first fish trap tonight. If it works, the Powder Brown will be going back to the LFS in the next day or so.
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Old 03-20-2006, 09:50 PM   #36
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I've been noticing some aggression at feeding time, actually. Even if it didn't bother the fish, it's not relaxing for me to watch. I invented and built my first fish trap tonight. If it works, the Powder Brown will be going back to the LFS in the next day or so.

Very sorry to read you are experiencing aggression but I must congratulate you on recognizing it and doing, IMO, the right thing by returning the fish to the LFS.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:47 PM   #37
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I've seen Yellow Tangs past 7 inches. I've seen Naso Tangs in the 13 inches, believe it or not.

In terms of Tang Police, in their defense, I do concur that we have to assume that when a question of "I have a 4 foot tank with 2 Tangs and a bunch of other stuff, am I overstocked?" by someone, it is obvious that the individual asking the question is either a Newbie or a Newbie.

So it's a responsibility of every one of us to create a bench mark for them in order for Tangs to be allowed adequate space. I guess once you learn more about how tangs are in the wild, you'd feel a sense of awe and compassion when you realize how terrible it is for these specimen to be contained. So we have to set a bench mark, that's all the Tang Police are trying to create.

With that said, I would make people shakey if I say that None of the people posting in this forum have a Tang or two in their setup that doesn't belong there ethically.

For the more experienced one, they are willing to go out of their way to protect the welfare of the specimen. But for newbies, they may not have that tendency yet. The benchmark will provide them an obligation to go out of their way in case they decide to defy the Tang Police principle.
Plus, you'll never win in forums. Not just this one.
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I forgot to update. My trap worked wonderfully and the Powder Brown Tang is back at the LFS.
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I forgot to update. My trap worked wonderfully and the Powder Brown Tang is back at the LFS.
GREAT news!
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I thought people that kept fish tanks were supposed to be mellow...
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