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Old 03-04-2005, 11:32 PM   #11
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You have a yellow, sailfin, and a purple? They don't fight? I hope I didn't offend you, but wow. I have always heard you can not zebrasomas together unless you get 6+
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:48 PM   #12
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Well my first tank mates where by blue and yellow tang.. obviously the blue is a completely different shape so the zebrasomas dont really think they are a threat.. my yellow tang is full grown i first introduced a brown scopaz tang.. of the same size my yellow didnt appreciate it so i got rid of the scopaz.. i then thought if i got a juvenile tang it might work..so i got my sailfin.. the yellow attacked him for a day or two.. but they worked out.. about 4 months later i bought a smallish purple tang (apparently the most aggressive of the tangs) my yellow tang hammered him into a corner for about 5 days.. but then again...they got used to each other and now are fine.. LFS always tell u not to mix these tangs but i believe individual fish have different likes / dislikes of other fish.. even though i had the yellow picking on the purple, it was scary.. but u just have to let it go a week and see what happens..! IMO anyway!!
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:50 PM   #13
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same goes with angels.. i also have a flame and a coral beauty.. that "dont mix" but get along fine!
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:32 AM   #14
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some people or lps recommend 75 gallon tanks.
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:40 AM   #15
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I have a 70 gallon tank that is 4' wide with a yellow tang. I have had him for just over a year and have had no problems with him. He happily swims around the tank. I also agree that you should have a hiding spot for your tang.
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Old 03-05-2005, 11:33 AM   #16
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Wow, thats good to know. I think you are right though, not all tangs are as they say. I had a yellow tang that was sopposed to be "reef safe" and it ate up all my yellow zoo's and my super colored zoos...I SAW it doing it. There are exceptions to the rules. Only thing is, with a tank as large as mine, I have to take out all the rock to get out fish to qt (that is VERY disrupting when you have a large reef). If for some reason the fish are getting hammered cause they don't get along, I'd be afraid they might get ich with all the stress it causes. I had one tang that the clown took bites of, I watched it do it and still have pictures of. I took it out and gave it back to the LFS because of that.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:08 PM   #17
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What about a 55 gallon (4 foot long) tank for a Pacific Blue Tang? THey said at the LFS that a 70 gallon was the minimum size for that fish? Is this true because I really want one.

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Old 03-05-2005, 04:26 PM   #18
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What about a 55 gallon (4 foot long) tank for a Pacific Blue Tang? THey said at the LFS that a 70 gallon was the minimum size for that fish? Is this true because I really want one
I would go so far as to say a 90 gallon is needed for this fish. They get HUGE.
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Old 03-05-2005, 09:28 PM   #19
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Adult size of the tangs in an aquarium.

yellow - Up to 10"
purple - Up to 9"
blue - Up to 1'
zebra sailfin Up to 1' 3"

What did these fish do that you lock them up in such a small space?
None of them should be kept in less than a 70 gallon tank.

My Sailfin tang was about 2¬Ĺ" when I got it. It's now over 5" and still growing.
It zooms from end to end (72" tank) in a flash. Tangs need lots of swimming room.
I am amazed that they are living ins some sort of (cramped) harmony.

Then again humans survive for years in prison cells
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Fenner's book indicates that the yellow or blue can be kept in a 55g, he also indicates the yellow and blue get to about 6in in the aquaria. I'd prefer to see them in the ocean, swimming free, but they are not so the difference between a 55G and a 75 or 90 are quite trivial in comparison to where they should be. Really a 75 or 90 gives you a little more width and height, no more of the important length. IMO, a fish should have at least 10 body lengths in the length of the tank and 3 width. IE, a 55g can keep up to a 5 inch fish. Same holds true that a 10 inch fish has less relative "swimming room" in a 180g. Yet nobody here complains about a 9 or 10 inch fish being in a 180g (say a large angel or tang).

Point is, all of our fish are cramped, 55g, 90g 180g, they cannot swim freely or at speed, or school in any of our tanks (except the very largest largest tanks or smallest fish).
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