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Old 08-09-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Tang Question

BEFORE anyway criticizes this question, please read the whole thing. Currently, I have two 40 gallon reef tanks. I started with a BC29 and then soon after I got a Nuvo 16. I upgraded the nuvo within two months to a 40 and then a few months after that, I upgraded the BC29 to a 40 ( I know it's not much of a difference, but I wanted a rimless and something with no top to run my kessil lighting). I have begun looking into upgrading one of my tanks to either a 79/90 gallon or an Elos System 100. Someone is breaking down their tank and will give me a 1 1/2" baby purple tang. I will upgrade sometime within the next 2-4 months to a bigger tank. Can this baby tang be happy in my 40 for now? It currently houses a pair of bonded Gold Flake Maroon Clowns, an elegant blenny, a springeri dottyback, a a baby multi-colored dwarf angel and a pair of Paracheilinus attenuatus flasher wrasses.
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It will be fine for a short time in that tank. Even really small, they love to swim a lot. Adults need at least a 120g tank. It is a purple tang, right? Not a blue tang?
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I know about the swimming, but I thought i could get away with a 4 ft.
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[QUOTE="Breakthecycle2;2602546 I know about the swimming, but I thought i could get away with a 4 ft.[/QUOTE]

A 6' tank is the best for a purple tang. You can look into the bristle tooth tangs for 4 foot tanks like tominis and kole tangs

You're pretty lucky for getting a free purple tang! Those things go for $180 bucks!
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A 6' tank is the best for a purple tang. You can look into the bristle tooth tangs for 4 foot tanks like tominis and kole tangs

You're pretty lucky for getting a free purple tang! Those things go for $180 bucks!
I know and it's so tiny, but I'm hesitant now. I do like the kole tangs too.
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I know and it's so tiny, but I'm hesitant now. I do like the kole tangs too.
They can easily grow to 8"-10", and at that time he'll look cramped in a 4' tank.
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Yeah I'm totally re thinking this.

Let me ask you, realistically, how long before they usually have a growth spurt? I know they grow quick, but how quick is quick? LOL
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Yeah I'm totally re thinking this.

Let me ask you, realistically, how long before they usually have a growth spurt? I know they grow quick, but how quick is quick? LOL
It depends on what he's fed, and how large the tank is. I've heard of people keeping tangs in small tanks then once they move them to a big tank, they grow super fast.

I don't have experience with tangs, but I've heard they can grow a few inches in 5-6 months
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I'm just thinking if I could buy myself some extra time and save a little more cash for a bigger tank. He's either giving it to me or bringing back to the store.
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I'm just thinking if I could buy myself some extra time and save a little more cash for a bigger tank. He's either giving it to me or bringing back to the store.
As long as you have plans to upgrade soon, it should be fine for a couple months. But no longer. Buy the new tank as soon as possible, and get the biggest tank you can afford. I'd try to find a 6 foot if possible. It will be the best in the long run.

It's not every day you get a free purple tang haha
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