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Old 07-16-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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Powder Blue Tang or Hippo Tang?

Hello, I have 125 gallon aquarium which I am planning to stock soon and so far my list is:
2 Clownfish (Current inhabitant)
Snowflake Eel (Current Inhabitant)
10x Blue-Grenn Chromis
Midas Blenny
Royal Gramma
Flame Angelfish
Sixline Wrasse
Green Mandarin
Red Coris Wrasse
Yellow Tang
Powder Blue Tang/Hippo Tang

And my question is should I add a Hippo Tang or Powder Blue Tang? I've heard they are both rather ICH prone but the Powder Blue more so. So if anyone could help with the decision it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Hi welcome to the forum.

I have a 125g and I think that list might be a bit ambitious. LOL

How long has your tank been setup? The mandarin is one special fish to take care of btw.

I think I've heard the powder blue is more prone to ich and stress related issues.
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the powder is the onyl one that will do decent in a 125, the hippo is recommended to have a 180g.

tangs tend to get stressed easier then other fish, as they get big and require alot of swimming space. a stressed out fish is prone to the effects of ich
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Thats what I thought, but I was just wondering because I have seen countless times where Hippo Tangs were in 125 gallon aquariums. And, as for the stocking list, I am assuming that it'll be ok because I have seen a lot of similar stocking list in tanks like these. I guess I have been going by what others find successful but I wanted to get other people's input as well.
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having a mandarin in a list is a good...but u need to consider about its diet...they prefer live diet or else it had been trained to eat brine shrimp or mysis...
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wont the snowflake eel cause problems? and ive heard the sixline isnt reef safe
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He hasn't so far and he has been in there for quite awhile now, it must have been at least 6 months now. Also, I am still debating the mandarin so its very possible I wouldn't get one.
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u can keep the mandarins if u had lots of copepods in your tank....they do eat this.....but if u had sixline wrasse,they will fight for this food for sure....
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a manderine will be fine in a 125, there is tons of rock for pods to live on.

yeah peopel get brave when they put hippos in 125s, they can be kept but they will quickly outgrow it. they can get to a foot in length in a hoem aquarium. thats not really a small fish
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Thank you GTI for clarifying that for me. Other then that does the stocking list look alright?
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