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Old 08-24-2005, 11:36 AM   #1
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Multiple tang question

I have no experience with tangs but have read they can get aggressive when together in a tank if they do not have enough room. I figured I would ask the experts before I purchased. Would purchasing 2 purple, 1 sailfin, 2 yellow tangs be a definite "don't do " for my tank or do you think they would have a good chance of getting along with the room they would have?
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Old 08-24-2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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You can have that in a 525 no problem.

A japanese hibachi place in my town has a sohal, a yelow, a blue, and a naso in a 280 and they are all full grown and get along fine! The sohal does run the show in the tank though.

If I were you I'd probably nix the Sailfin, they don't look as pretty when they get full grown. I'd trade that guy for a sohal. That's just me though, everyone's fish preference is different.
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:11 PM   #3
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sohals are so beautiful.

I guess the only thing is adding the most aggressive last from what i read.
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I would tend to think there should be no problem with that size of tank! But being all of them Zebrasomas you might get a quarrel or two once in a while, no problem with that whatsoever.
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:45 PM   #5
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I have a yellow tang in my 55 gal, years ago I had another one in the same tank. I've found out that they are aggresive to fish that have the same color and look like them, for example a yellow angel or butterfly fish. Of course this is from personal experience only, other people may be ok with the combination in a much bigger tank.

But then again, I went to Sea World the other day and they had a huge tank PACKED with yellow tangs, everybody was getting along just fine...
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You should be OK. I have 3 in my 125 and dont have a problem. Good Luck
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:03 PM   #7
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Having that many tangs in your tank should not be a problem, but having that many of the same shape probably will be. if you had a naso, hippo, sailfin, purple they would probably get along with no problems.
having 2 purple and 2 yellow and adding them at different times may be some problems.
I would add all 4 at the same time to get the best results... JMO..
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All tangs will be introduced at the same time. I am thinking of dropping the sailfin and adding a 3rd yellow. I plan on ordering tomorrow. First time having fish shipped I have always purchased local. WIsh me luck.
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i would stick with the sailfin.. mix it up a little.. and when full grown that sail looks great when opened..

but no matter anyway...by the time i post you've already ordered
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I helped a friend break down his 450. He originally had 2 purples and maybe 2 yellows. I know the one purple killed the other. When we broke down his tank I moved the yellow, purple and powder blue (I can't tell you what a beautiful color combination this is since they all have yellow in them... add a gold stripe maroon and a yellow eel, I'm in heaven). They've "grown up" together and they do well together. Right now they're in temporary holding in my 65 and still get along well (bearing in mind that they grew up together in much larger quarters helps this tremendously).
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