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Old 08-17-2011, 06:35 PM   #11
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If I were to keep a baby yellow tang (say 2") in a three foot long 45 gallon tank, how big would it get? This is all hypothetical I'm just asking because I was wondering if it wouldn't get as big?
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Funny you should ask. I asked this question to a guy I think is the most knowledgable guy I know when it comes to marine science. This is what he said. BTW it wont slow the growth but it will stunt the immune system and bring a shorter life.

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I bet my Tangs swim over a mile a day. They are in constant motion. My reef goes around a corner, so from a fish's point of view, they think they have more room than they actually have. They use every inch of the reef. They are not territorial in the least.
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I bet my Tangs swim over a mile a day. They are in constant motion. My reef goes around a corner, so from a fish's point of view, they think they have more room than they actually have. They use every inch of the reef. They are not territorial in the least.
I beg to differ.... My yellow tang always smacks my maroon clown to get out of her corner lol. My maroon is bigger than her but doesn't do anything.
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I beg to differ.... My yellow tang always smacks my maroon clown to get out of her corner lol. My maroon is bigger than her but doesn't do anything.
Mine boss everyone around, but I haven't noticed they prefer any one spot on the reef. You're maroon clown is bigger than the tang? The tang is either pretty small or the clown is huge!
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The tang is either pretty small or the clown is huge!
Or both! So how big would it likely get? 6"? And what about a regal tang? 8"? How long would they live compared to their normal life span? I know regals can live for 20 years...
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Many factors, size of swimming space, diet, water quality, stress factors; like fish population. Generally, they don't get to their full size in a artificial setting, unless it is an enormous reef like at a aquarium, several thousand gallons. I have heard figures like 50% of their wild size.
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Wow that's a lot! No wonder it's bad for them :/
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A lfs has a 9inch percula clown. He says it's been alive for like 10 years. Crazy stuff.
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A lfs has a 9inch percula clown. He says it's been alive for like 10 years. Crazy stuff.
I have a Coral Beauty that is over 10 years now, 12 I think. He is as active as ever. These fish can live a long time and coral has no expiration date at all.
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Wow, thats pretty crazy
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