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Old 07-20-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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whitecheek tang in a 55?

I have a feeling I may get varied responses here, but I'm gonna ask anyway. Can I keep a Whitecheek tang in a 55 gal? Keep in mind, the only other fish I have is a false perc. I may get one more small fish, but that will be all. I also have a 20 gal sump/refugium. Thoughts?

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Old 07-20-2005, 11:28 AM   #2
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That is cutting it a little close, but if you have a 4ft 55gal you might be able to get away with it. The most important thing for tangs is to have lots of swimming room lengthwise. A whitecheek is one of the smaller tangs and a lot of people say you can keep them in a 75G. If that's the case, then you could probably get away with the 55G if it is indeed a 4ft tank.

You are absolutely right, you will get a lot of varied responses, this is just my $0.02. HTH


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Old 07-20-2005, 11:53 AM   #3
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If the tang is young you may be able to get away with it for a while. If you have pretty intricate rock-work all the better. If it can swim back and forth as mentioned above you should be ok for a while...

..as I said, a while. Once the thing comes of age (1-2 years) it isn't going to be very happy with such limited living space.

You can do whatever you want, that's the joy of being human with self-control -- you can chose to or not to. Most would probably shy away from such... but there's always the chance that his personality is a little refrained (not likely for a tang, but we can always hope) and will do fine in a smaller tank.

Hard to answer a question that sits so high on the fence.

I was also considering this same tang -- but only because I have twice the space 8O I think the fishes' manuerisms are more affected by space than other inhabitants. More inhabitants just places more stress on your filtration -- and more stress on fish really only if some of them are territorial.

My suggestion would be to add the tang last. If you plan on adding one other fish, add it first. The tang will beat up anything new unless it was added before or at the same time.
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