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Old 10-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #11
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I have had tangs for over 20 years and have been on many dives with them in the wild.

Different tangs need different things. Hippos are easier than yellows for example IMO. Hippos cruise around while yellows fly. Tangs need these things to survive and not act as a breeding ground for parasites (they have a very thin slime coat which acts as a fishs immune system);

A long tank for uninterrupted swims, my tank goes around a corner, so the tangs can't see the end. I suggest 6' or more for long term care.

Lots of hidey holes and holes for sleeping.

A almost never ending availability of Nori or other seaweeds to graze on. Seaweed doesn't have much nutrition in it, so they eat a lot of it.

Most of my tangs are almost 10 years old and fat.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #12
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So tell me this how lo g can I keep them in this tank. I need a reason to go bigger
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #13
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I'd say just having the Tangs is a reason to go bigger. what more do you need? If they are small, they might be okay for a while, but if you are considering larger, just go for it and then no worries. I think that the 6' rule for most Tangs works. Most people that I have heard that try to argue otherwise seem to go based on layman's common sense not anything scientific. I tend to put more credence in the folks out there that have been schooled in these things.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #14
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Cool. I have a blue hippo tang. I want a sailfin but the Naso seems to be drawing me in.. But they are much too big for my tank.. 55 gallon reef
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Dont worry. The blue tang has a 5000 gallon fowlr to look forward too once it gets too big for my tank..
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:16 PM   #16
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That's a good solution.
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