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Old 03-28-2006, 02:57 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advise I think I'll just spend the extra $500+ and get the 72" 180 gal RR tank. I think I'd be pushing it with 60" and too large tangs. The Orangeshoulder Tang is quite nice.

Last question, with a 180 would a 3" Orangeshoulder Tang & 3" Purple tang be compatible with my 5" Yellow tang if added at the same time? I had planned to return it or give it to a friend but I would miss him.

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Old 03-28-2006, 03:21 PM   #12
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The yellow and the purple are almost identical in body shape. That's generally a no-go with surgeonfish. However, it's a fish by fish kinda thing, there's exceptions to every rule. Personally I'm a little leery of testing for the exception though. It's a real PITA to get a fish out of the tank when another fish is trying to attack it and you and everything's darting around in the rocks. Orange shoulders are very peaceful, and you could even have a pair in the same 180 gallon tank. They are naturally one of the only habitually schooling tangs. I would go with the purple, the orange, and a kole tang, myself. That way you have a diatom scrubber, a hair algae muncher, a red algae muncher, and a green algae muncher. They are all dissimilar in looks, and as the kole tang only reaches around 5-7", you shouldn't be stressing your bioload or swimming space too much. Remember, tangs are high oxygen level dependant, and if you have a power outage, you need to be sure they won't suffocate. Three big tangs in even a 180, IMO, is pushing it. Much better to have two big and one little. And the koles are really mellow, shy, and very handy. They are in truth one of my favorites. Think, with a 180, you could have the above trio of tangs, all very different in looks and as wide a spectrum of feeders as you can get in the same band of specimens, and then you'd still be able to have a nice selection of smaller scavengers, like a small school of chromis, or clown gobies, a few pairs of dart fish, maybe even some jawfish if you have the proper substrate. You could go with a indo-pacific themed tank, with your tangs being the big visible active fish, and your smaller shyer species being the seldom glimpsed and much coveted attention getters. Although, if you plan on having dragonets or sand gobies in the future, be sure not to stock any competitors. The ideal set up, for a true reeflike biotope, would be to have a few small slow sand sifters, some active mid level eaters to catch the food in your water column, (chromis, anthias, fairy wrasses, any small fish that won't pick on your rocks,) and then your big herbivores. Or you could get even more micro about it, make it species specific. But if you want multiple kinds of tangs, you've pretty well cut out that species specific part.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:26 PM   #13
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zuzecawi thats an excellent idea that may be how i setup my 180g
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I was at the fish store today near work, and the guy told me a 40 gallon tank would be good for a yellow tang. Pretty insane...
...yet he was educated on the Mandarins. He said have at least 60lbs live rock, 55 gallon tank, and have it at least 6 months up and running.
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Thanks for all of the advice zuzecawi I have a gas generator for power outages since the last hurricane put us out of power for 5 weeks. I thought the YT was a no-go so I’ll still return or give away.

The 3 you mention sound great and what I’ll plan for stock. I feed my current tang fresh nori purchased from a Korean store just a couple of blocks from me. I tried at first with the dry seaweed but he wouldn’t touch it except once a week or so.
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:41 PM   #16
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This is truly sad for the marine hobby. 20g for a BHT? GIve me a break! Obviously, they are targeting people that can't afford large tanks so they can make a quick sale. Someone should report them...to who though?

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tecwzrd: As was stated exceptions do exist. For the record yellows and purples can co-exist without issues. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/photop...m/IMG_0588.jpg
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Thanks Brian, now I just need to convince the wife that I need to drop 20K on a 525 gal tank :p
I have saved $6K for the 180 which I'm hoping is enough to start.
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Come on you guys! Being a little hard on this web site aren't we? I had a whole school of hippo tangs in my 20 gallon and they were doing great. Unfortunately my shark ate them all.

Hehe, on the off chance that anyone might believe this post, I am just joking
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