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Old 04-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Tang Compatibility.

I was wondering if a Sailfin Tang and Yellow Tang can co-exist? I already have a Sailfin in my tank for about a week.

My LFS said I can cage the yellow tang and put him and the cage in the tank and let them see each other without harming each other physically. There's still stress but there will be less than the fish trying to acclimate to the tank while getting chased by my Sailfin. Also the past week having this tang, I see him as really passive and peaceful. When I first put him in he was amazing also he was and is still best friends with my Leopard wrasse, always following him.
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The key to keeping multiple tangs is different body shapes and colors. There will probably be some scrapping going on at the beginning but after a while they should be OK. The bigger the tank the better. How big is the tank?
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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So should I look into Bristle Tooth/Tomini? And left out to leave the tang in the cage for 24 hours.
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IMO the "cage" thing seems like it would really stress a fish out. Tangs need lots of space or they stress...Tangs are very susceptible to Ich, which hits them when they are stressed. That in mind, it would scare me away from the cage idea.

What size tank? The more room, the better for multiples.
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Well see this is the problem, the reason I'm leaving out the size of the tank is bc people will be offended or tell me that I can't house them but I beg to differ, all I want to know is if a Sailfin and a Bristle Tooth will co-exist since they're different in shape.
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The sailfin will outgrow your 55g tank quickly....but you probably already know that. Anyway, you want to know if you can add a yellow tang with it? Being they are in the same zebrasoma sp. family, if you had a 180 or bigger, maybe. In a 55...no.
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I think that part of coexisting deals with territory and proper space. That goes for any type of fish that care about their space.

IMO, two semi aggressive fish of the same species that are forced into a tank that is less than 1/3 the minimal recommended size are going to have problems with one another. In your case, would they get along? Yes, in a 180 or larger so that the Sailfin (that will get over a foot long) will not get stressed and more aggressive (which will likely happen at about 1/3 that size). No way would I try multiple tangs in a 55g.
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Well see this is the problem, the reason I'm leaving out the size of the tank is bc people will be offended or tell me that I can't house them but I beg to differ, all I want to know is if a Sailfin and a Bristle Tooth will co-exist since they're different in shape.
I have a physical exercise for you..... Go to your cupboard and pull out a dinner plate, then go over and hold it up in front of your tank. The average dinner plate is about 10".... a bristletooth can reach 6" to 10", depending on species, which is half to two-thirds the size of that plate.

A sailfin tang can reach 15".... one and a half times larger than that plate!! You may "beg to differ" all you wish, it does not belong in a tank that small.
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I'm not getting into the "tank size requirement" I'm mentally exhausted from this. My Sailfin is doing absolutely amazing because of his size and my rock work. I've seen millions of people including one of my neighbors housing these magnificent creatures with absolutely no problem and not just a problem but thriving. My neighbor has at least a dozen fish mostly including Tang/Surgeon in a 100. They all looked cramped but they are beautiful and healthy.

All I'm asking from you guys is if these fish can be together. I also changed my mind and decided to look into a hippo tang which seems to be the perfect fish to house with a Sailfin because of there body shape and color.
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I am sorry that our reasonable advice is exhausting. There is no chance that a large Tang can thrive in a 55g...much less two of them. You are asking for advice and then not listening.

The answer is "NO", two Tangs, even ones that would work in a 75g, would not do well in a 55 together. In a larger tank, then yes. The "yes" does not relate to your scenario in a 55g.

Sorry its not what you want to hear, but you clearly care more about having what you want and not what is best for your fish.
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