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Old 01-19-2010, 10:29 PM   #11
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I single 20g would suffice for such small fish and use eggcrate, pvc, and or "trash bag plants" as barriers so they can escape each other.
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from what I understand, the blue and the brown are both fairly difficult to get to eat. that is where a large part of the high mortality rate comes in.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:11 AM   #13
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Definitely one of the browns is even more difficult. Still, either is hard IMO.

Ever thought about a blond naso (trying to getch some of that vivid color you may be trying for) and a yellow together? Different families. Less conflict. Both hardy IMO.
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Innovator: Here's a picture of the quarantine setup I have right now for the damsels.




It's an old picture, but the decor hasn't changed much. It sounds like maybe I should have some more stuff in there for hiding places (I have some more PVC I can use) -- would a tank divider be a good idea or not?

Austinsdad: I like a lot of your other suggestions, believe me, but there are two things I'm up against here: first, I need to be able to buy it locally from a decent LFS, which leaves me with quite a few options, but not everything. Second, my girlfriend gets veto power over pretty much anything that goes in this tank, so last weekend we went scouting and took (horrible) pictures of all the tangs we could find and these are the two she likes the best. The LFS's have said they will probably get more stock this week, so I will do what I can to try and push something in a different family, but there are some forces here beyond my control.

As far as feeding goes, if it's any consolation, this LFS is where I got the mandarin goby that I have now. I was warned that they are picky eaters and I didn't have much trouble getting him to eat.
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I love the use of the PVC hiding places. Better'n the straight pipes.

Good luck with the tangs....and your girlfriend.
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The next SW tank I get will have nothing but fish that she has called "ugly". I always encourage her to see the inner beauty of fish, and I know that when that tank gets going, she's going to think it's really awesome, but it will be MY tank.

...a lawnmower blenny comes to mind...
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that is ugly
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The QT looks fine. My only suggestion would be to add a black background (plastic sheet from lfs or paint a thin acrylic) to the outside back pane so that fish feel more comfortable/secluded and you can visually contrast abnormalities (behaviors, disease, parasites). You could eventually do the same with the bottom pane, but make it a medium-dark blue so that feces and excess food can be easily seen and siphoned. If the tangs show aggression in the QT you can use eggcrate, as you stated, to divide the tank. Will the two behave in a 150g? Who knows, but make sure you add them at the same time. Most likely the Powder Blue will be the aggressor, ime. I've never had a problem getting any of these tangs eating and most mortalities seemingly come from poor shipping/stress. I would introduce live adult brine shrimp (enrich them!) for the 1st 48hrs and see if you can slowly wean them over to Nori or other algae.

On a personal note, I think lawnmower blennies are absolutely adorable, especially when their colored "jewels" shine throughout their body.
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I've got some extra black background laying around, I'll throw it up there when the tangs get in. Right now there are three filters on the back, though, so it's a little difficult

I have brine shrimp eggs that I've (sort of) hatched before for food, and I have frozen brine shrimp that I regularly feed the SW guys -- how do I get live adult brine shrimp though?

...I think lawnmower blennies aren't ugly. I like the way they look.
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I've got some extra black background laying around, I'll throw it up there when the tangs get in. Right now there are three filters on the back, though, so it's a little difficult

I have brine shrimp eggs that I've (sort of) hatched before for food, and I have frozen brine shrimp that I regularly feed the SW guys -- how do I get live adult brine shrimp though?

...I think lawnmower blennies aren't ugly. I like the way they look.
You can buy dry brine shrimp eggs for cheap and hatch them yourself. I had a powder brown and did not have problems getting him to eat. One thing to keep in mind is that these acanthurus tangs (especially the powder blue) can be aggressive and neither the blue or brown will be nice to any other new additions. So make the acanthurus your last fish.
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