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Old 09-23-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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I am trying to understand why are there so many tanks that I seen in photos in this forum that Have Fish that are in smaller tanks suppose to be kept in a larger Tanks than what people have.... I have seen Tangs and other fish in 29gallon tanks, 45 gallon tank, and 55 gallon tanks aren't these fish be kepted in 55 gallons or more.... More fish that grow larger that i have seen are in smaller tanks.... I am just wondering why they are keep in such small tanks if they require a larger tank.... ????
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I would assume people either a) don't know or b) don't care.
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Some fish take years to grow, so you can have one living happily in a smaller tank for quite some time before they outgrow it. In my case, being in the Navy, I will never have a tank established more than three years before I move so I will probably never see a full grown tang in my tank.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:05 PM   #4
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Lindsay is right. Some people don't do the research or the LFS's sell them without even asking what size tanks the customer has. I know I am pushing it with my Niger Trigger but most say that a minimum of 55g is ok. I purchased him as a juvinile. However, I know that there might be a point where he will outgrow and I will have to sell/trade him but that wont be for at least a couple of years.
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Some fish take years to grow, so you can have one living happily in a smaller tank for quite some time before they outgrow it. In my case, being in the Navy, I will never have a tank established more than three years before I move so I will probably never see a full grown tang in my tank.
This may or may not be true. I have a yellow belly hippo tang that is about 2.5" long right now and it rockets around my tank. Technically this fish is small enough to fit in a 29g tank but it would go nuts with so little swimming room.

I think the best idea is to do the research on the fish you want and find out what will best suit it's needs.

In your specific case I recommend selecting fish that you know will be hardy and give you enjoyment for that three year period. I grew up a military brat so I fully understand where you are coming from.

The bottom line is research what you want before you bring it home.
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I believe those who fall within the following or combination of:

1. Those who want an easy answer without self education.
2. Those who do not care about the livestock itself.
3. Those who believe their status in the community is most important.
4. Those who consider an animals worth by the price paid.
5. Those who, perhaps unknowingly, listen to misleading businesses that value your money over what they sell.

IMO those who advocate self-education and optimal overall husbandry techniques are not within the "norm" of the aquatic society including fish forums.
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... I am just wondering why they are keep in such small tanks if they require a larger tank.... ????
Because fish can't talk or own handguns.
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I just want to make sure that i purchase the right fish for the right size tank my concern is buying one that will outgrow my tank in a few years then there is a problem..... Right now I have 2 clowns and a damsel.... and I want just (reef safe fish only) but there are some that require larger tanks that are reef safe I haven't research enough to find a good amount that would fit into my 55g..... Would anyone have suggestion????
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Also, don't be afraid to ask about any particular fish, Frank. Nobody will flame you for asking.
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Take a peek here:
Saltwater Fish: Marine Aquarium Fish for Saltwater Aquariums
Get a list and post, that way you will get the specific needs of your fish and maybe a few other options.
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