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Old 12-07-2004, 02:37 PM   #1
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Orange Shoulder Tang?

Anyone have any knowledge or opinions on the orange shoulder tang?

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Old 12-07-2004, 02:40 PM   #2
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I know what liveaquaria says, but do any of you have any first or second hand experience with them?

125+ gallon
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PS. This would be for a future, BIGGER tank.
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Hello,

I currently have one in a 75gal set up. I have had it about 7 months and it is doing great. When I bought it it was all yellow with the dull orange bar and is not starting to mature to include color change a development of lyre tail. Beautiful colors starting to come out. currently about 8"+.

Based on what I have read 75g might be a bit small, but seems to have plenty of swimming room and has been one of my healthiest fish. Good excuse to upgrade to a larger set up in the future as well.

Anything in particular you want to know?
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Great info!

What is the main food that it's diet consist of?

If you had it to do all over would you get the tang again?
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I would definitely get one again. Ideally in a bigger set up, but like I said so far it is doing well and I have not seen any negative effects of the 75gal. The Orange shoulder is a very peaceful species and I have never observed mine picking on other fish. It is rarely picked on as it is the largest fish in my set-up. knowing what I know now I would not put one in anything smaller than a 75Gal, bit I am not positive you need a 125 like live aquaria says either.

As for food I mix it up a bit. Green life line is the staple for all my fish. I do feed some Mysis shrimp, krill, flake and pellet along with dried seaweed/nori on a veggie clip. The tang readily accepts all thes foods especially the seaweed which it actively feeds at.

Not sure what you would do in a reef set-up as mine is FOWLR and some inverts. Everything I have read says they are reef safe. Other than picking at some algae mine does not bother anything else.

Hope this helps,
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Old 12-07-2004, 04:56 PM   #7
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Hey Rev...I love the orange shouler tang! I go to the Minnesota Zoo often to look at the various aquariums. They have several orange shoulders in a huge aquarium. Let me tell you, these things get huge. The ones there are well over a a foot long. Beautiful fish, needs a large home...Lando
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That is one of my favorite fish as well. I will check my Fenner book as it touched on this specific Tang and report back.

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Here you go revhtree - Marine Depot has this for $29.00. nice price, but I don't have the tank to put him in.

Orange Shoulder Tang - Acanthurus olivaceus

The Acanthurus olivaceus grows up to 14 inches. The Orange Shoulder Tang prefers a tank of at least 140 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. The Acanthurus olivaceus is an herbivore and likes to eat marine algae, zucchini, brocoli, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, lettus, seaweed, sponges, and other meaty treats. The Orange Shoulder Tang is a medium maintenance fish and may act peacefully toward other fish, but may not be a good candidate to mix with other Acanthurus type species. Reef-safe. Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78¬į F). The Orange Shoulder Tang is commonly collected from Fiji, Hawaii.
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