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Old 07-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #11
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I would tend to agree, but I have seen pictures of lots of thin tangs. My point is that they ingest more material than many other fish do.
I agree. The only other fish I have seen that can compare are Moorish idols and tile fish. Both of them can eat an entire cube of formula I, nori and mysis for breakfast. My tang does it also.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:29 PM   #12
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I decided to run a short test and see how much lettuce and nori they could eat. I was astonished at how much it was. I have cut it back now.
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I have to agree, my vlamingi tang eats like a pig.. I also probably overfeed my tank as I have a lot of healthy bristle worms too
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It's my understanding that tangs have rather large and long digestive tracts and is needed to break down plant matter (nori/seaweed). Carnivorous fish on the other hand don't have the longer digestive tract (compared to body length) as they do not require it to absorb the nutrients from their meaty foods.

Very similar to other herbivores such as cows etc.
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Just curious...my tank is too small for a tang, but at my local fish club someone said if you cut a seaweed sheet into strips like a fettuccine noodle tangs will slurp it. Has anyone done this? If its true can someone post a video. I want to see. LOL
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It's my understanding that tangs have rather large and long digestive tracts and is needed to break down plant matter (nori/seaweed). Carnivorous fish on the other hand don't have the longer digestive tract (compared to body length) as they do not require it to absorb the nutrients from their meaty foods.

Very similar to other herbivores such as cows etc.
That is accurate, but can be relative. For example, cows and horses eat basically the same vegetable matter, but cows process it more fully. If you have raised both, the difference is obvious when cleaning up after them. Surgeonfish have a very long gut, but only one stomach. As a result, they produce a lot of poop for the energy they get from their veggies.
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Just curious...my tank is too small for a tang, but at my local fish club someone said if you cut a seaweed sheet into strips like a fettuccine noodle tangs will slurp it. Has anyone done this? If its true can someone post a video. I want to see. LOL
They love nori, seaweed used for wrapping sushi and will eat spinach or many types of lettuce. They will eat chaeto every now and then and slurp it up like a noodle. But mostly it's a tearing motion when they eat.
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Seaweed sheets.... :/ LOL

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I feed my tank every other day but on the off days I feed dried seaweed to the tangs so they basically eat every day.
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Go to the supermarket or perhaps an asian supermarket and you can buy a massive package of nori for cheap.
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