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Old 05-09-2005, 12:07 PM   #1
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Any problems with a Powder Brn Tang and Clown Tang together?

I have a 55 gal (I know, but they're very small) and wanted to add a Clown Tang. The tank already has a healthy Powder Brown Tang. Are they compatable together? TIA
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Old 05-09-2005, 12:38 PM   #2
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Um, is it just me or don't clown tangs get like over a foot long? According to LiveAquaria, you should have at least a 150 gal. aquarium. IMO, you're lucky to have a powder brown in a 55. So considering that, I don't think they would get along.
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Old 05-09-2005, 01:10 PM   #3
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I'm not buying a foot long fish. It's a 1.5" inch fish that doubles its size every year. That means I could have it for two years before trading it in. I do this often and have enjoyed many large fish while they're juveniles.

Never understood the "it's a massive adult in the wild so you'll never be able to keep them" attitude. If a fish stays <5"-6" for two years, why wouldn't I keep one?
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Both the powder brown and the clown tang are "Acanthurus" and most tangs don't get along with their own genus, right? Additionally Marine Depot says :

"The Clown Tang is a medium/high maintenance fish and may act agressively toward other fish. It is not recommended to keep with other tangs. Oriental Surgeon. Though this is a commonly used species when small, this fish can become a very intolerant bully towards its tankmates, getting progressively worse with growth."

A small tank is only going to accentuate that and encourage the behavior sooner. They also like a lot of rockwork and hiding places. It doesn't sound like a good fit. If you're interested in keeping another type of tang in your tank you should look to a different genus.
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Yeah, I read that too. Or....get a bigger tank!
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