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Old 11-11-2008, 06:26 PM   #11
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In a 65g tank? Nothing as far as a tang.
It doesn't have to be a tang, just something with some mass and color. I've looked at dwarf angels as well but none of the reef safe variety ever grace the tanks of my LFS.

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What I missed first is the PBT is already in there. He just might pick on the newcomer for a while. How's the size comparison between the two? I'd really consider leaving well enuf alone.
They would both be about 4".
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:39 PM   #12
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Be careful by going with tank sizes off of websites. They may not be giving you the full growth tank size, but instead, the size requirement for the size fish they would be shipping. (saltwaterfish.com says 90g actually) Tangs in general need lots of swimming room (which is why a 3ft tank isn't ideal) and a PBT shouldn't be in anything less than 100g IMO. They grow pretty fast too, something else to keep in mind. But, since you have him, I would just not bother with a second tang for your tank and see what happens with the PBT over time. Even with your limited time, you may end up having to trade it in for something smaller before you plan to. As for fish to add that would be suitable, there are many smaller fish like basslet, clowns, gobies, blennies, cardinals, damsels, psuedochromis, certain wrasses, etc. I would stick with the smaller fish and keep the PBT, if that's your intention, as the centerpiece fish for now.
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I just noticed the list of fish that is already in your tank. I might add one or two small fish for color but that would be it for that size tank. JMO
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I'd stay small to medium. Canary blenny. Bi-color blenny. Smaller wrasses. Gobies (clown and others).
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Like I said, beyond the Kole or equivalent the only thing I will be adding fish wise is a Goby or equivalent, I really can't believe that one PBT can occupy an entire 65g water column by itself, especially one with a depth of 18" and I height of 24". If anything my tank looks under stocked. I am not discounting your advice by any means, it is much appreciated, but given that my PBT is healthy and happy shouldn't that really dictate what else is in the tank? I mean a 4-6 inch fish requireing so much room seems odd given other fish. I am not saying it is not true, but looking at the fish and its habits 100 galons seems like a tremendous waste of space given my particular example.

You guys are really disturbing me, especially since I asked ahead of time and nobody voiced any objections!
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I can only speak for myself but I don't always have time to read every post so I'm sorry I missed it if you posted about the PBT earlier.
The 100g tank is necessary when the tang reaches it's adult length and this is normally what we aim for when getting fish. Usually, it's to keep the fish for the length of it's life and so we know it will be content the entire time. (I realize this is not the case for you since you mention you'll be shipping out in a year or so) It probably does seem like a huge waste of space now, but when the fish grows, it will make more sense. With the size and the need for lots of room to swim, larger is better. Tangs are swimmers and appreciate as much space as they can get. Cramped quarters can lead to health issues eventually as well.
We are not out to disturb you, only inform you. What you do with that info is up to you. I'm sure the fish will be fine in your tank for a while. Enjoy him while you can if that is your intention. I would just offer that you not consider another tang (or any other sizable fish). A goby is fine and there are other colorful small fish. Adding another tang or other large fish in such a small space is going to stress them both out and they will be hard pressed to find suitable territories with only 3ft to work with.
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Well, thats four of the most experianced aquarium hobbyists I know telling me to throtle back, I suppose it is time to consider some nice damsals...
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