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Old 10-26-2006, 12:40 AM   #1
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Are these fishes suitable for a new (unmatured) tank?

Hi guys hope you can help me out here again.

Will you recommend stocking these fishes in a newly set up aquarium? My tank is about one month old including the 2 weeks cycling.

Blue Tang
Yellow Tang
White Banner butterfly
Auriga butterfly
Raccoon butterfly
Anthias

Also are the butterflies listed here hard to keep and should not be kept by beginner? I have the informations from liveaquarias but want to know actual experience from anyone who has kept these fish before.

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Old 10-26-2006, 06:43 AM   #2
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I wouldn't... I don't know if you have had salt tanks before, but ...

#1 If you are new to the hobby, you are still learning about maintaining water chemistry and some of these fish are sensitive to water chemistry. Tangs sre well known to have ICH outbreaks when stressed and even chemical imbalances in water will cause that stress.

#2 If you ar new to the hobby you are still learning about feeding habits and a more mature tanks will have some of the normal algae growth that some of these fish need in order to be happy and healthy ( tangs love to graze all day for example). Over feeding will lead to to problem #1 as well.

#3 I don't know the price of these fish in Australia, but around here they tend to be more expensive. If you are new to the hobby, you will make mistakes - we all did - some mistakes are more expensive than others.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:13 PM   #3
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I am not new to saltwater. Have been keeping a 20g nano for 1 year but not this new 132g size tank.

Anyone else would like to chime in?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:24 PM   #4
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My first three fish were a powder-blue tang, a yellow tang, and a banner butterfly. All three of them have been excellent fish that I've had no problems with (except for the banner butterfly's banner breaking in half. but it grew back in a couple of weeks). One problem that I could forsee, however, is if you don't introduce them at the same time. Tangs can sometimes be pretty aggressive toward Butterflies.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:30 PM   #5
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Was that a new tank you set up or the tank has been set up for years before you add them? That's my concern. I just want to know can I add these fishes when the tank is only one month old?
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The tangs I would say maybe but on the butterfly fish they are rated difficult for a reason. Will there be any corals in this tank?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:47 PM   #7
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No coral for at least 6 months.

But most of my LFS said tang won't do well in a month old tank. But it is soooo boring staring at an empty tank, well I have got 10 chromis in there for a week now. Want to add something interesting. Blue and yellow tangs are my ultimate goal. Can I add them yet?

Or would you suggest that I get something hardier this period of time and take them out later to trade for the tangs? In that case I will need something easy to catch few months down the track. Definitely not damsel as they are way too fast and aggressive. I want something not that aggressive that will not attack my chromis...

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I would say if your tank`s parameters are ok and STABLE then I dont know why not in a 132 gallon tank. Plenty of room for them. The yellow tang I`m sure will be OK but blue tangs are more suseptable to ick so your water quality is going to have to be excellent. The butterflies are a different story. I know you say that corals are 6 months down the road but you will have to tear the tank down to catch them with all the LR in there. If your planning on corals then IMO you should forget the Butterfly fish.
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Thanks melosu. Yeah blue tang is my DREAM... I used to buy one and put in my 20g and it develop ich right away and I returned it to LFS. Is yellow tang easily to get sick? I think I will add the yellow tang first but right now not even sure of blue tang. Because I hate to have a ich outbreak in my new tank. My be will consider it when my tank become more mature and water quality becomes better.

But I will sure get the yellow tang now. What size do you guy suggest me to get? Juvenile or full adult size? But if I get the full adult size will it last long? I mean it is almost time for them to go?

As for butterfly I will re think about that whether is my tank going to be a FOWLR or a reef tank in future.
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As for butterfly I will re think about that whether is my tank going to be a FOWLR or a reef tank in future.
This is a good idea. My tang is 6 inches long and been with me 9 yrs. I think the yellow addition would be a good choice. Good Luck
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