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Old 03-16-2011, 03:05 AM   #1
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41 gallon tank and tangs?

Hi everyone,
I have been lurking for a couple of weeks & thought it was time for me to ask everyone my first question.
Let me start by saying I have a fresh water tank that we have had almost 4 years, it is running great. I have been wanting a salt water tank for sometime now & have been looking at the Fluval Osaka 155 ( Which is 41 gallons) I am a little limited on wall space & love the look of this tank! I was calling it my "dream tank"

After doing some research & talking with a couple of LFS, I have found that tangs like long tanks, like 55 gallon or larger. This kinda blows my thought on the 41 gallon Fluval, as it is more of a cube shape.

I was wondering, does anyone have a tang in a tank smaller than a 55 gallon? How it it doing?
I can go without the tang, but really like them.
Also, since being told that I need a 55 or larger, I have done some thinking & I do believe that I can make room for a 55 gallon tank, if I move our crested gecko set up to another area.

I am having a hard time making the decision & may be able to get a good deal on the 41 gallon.

Anyone have any thoughts?
I would appreciate any input you may have.

Thank You in advance
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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It is nice to see that you are doing your homework and not just jumping into things. I think most would agree that a 41 gallon is a bit small for a tang. Depending on the type of tang you want a 55 may even be to small. Good luck
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:11 AM   #3
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A yellow tang or kole tang might be okay in a 55 gallon but most tangs need a 6 ft tank for swimming room. I'd say either go without the tangs or get a larger tank. If you can get a good deal on the 41 id go for that. There are a lot of other fish that can be kept in it. Are you planning on keeping any corals? or having a sump/skimmer?
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I'd only consider a yellow eyed kole or a tomini tang in anything smaller than a 6' tank. The again, check out this list. I see a few of'm are rated for a 70g minimum. 55g is pushing it though.
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:13 PM   #5
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Thanks Everyone for the great advice!
kms907, Yes, I def. plan on a sump & doing ref with soft corals.
One question, I have done some research on tank sizes & 55, 60 & 75 all seem to be right around 48" long... so would I benifit a tang to go with a 72 gallon, since a 55 Gallon is the same length, it is the other dimensions that seem to be different?

I just looked into a Osaka 260 (70 gallon tank.. this would solve my issue with the tank & the way it looks... it is also about 48" so that is where my decision lies... I was hoping for a Yellow tang & a hippo tang.

any thoughts?
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:09 PM   #6
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I have a yellow eyed kole tang in my 55 for a while now and it seems to be doing great, that being said he will be going into a 130 soon but not because I'm worried about his space, I just want a bigger tank . To your other question I don't really think the width will make much difference to the tang so if they are all 48" long then you can still just get the 55. However I would recommend bigger so you have more room to play around with. 55s are sometimes hard to aquascape due to the short width. A 75 or bigger would allow a lot more room for coral etc. and will give you more room for mistakes
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Yellow and hippo tangs both need 6', not 4'.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:57 AM   #8
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I have been some checking & it appears that the Atlantic blue tang requires 50 gallon min.
So that is an option if I go with a larger tank. I am really surprised & a little ticked off, that the guy (owner) at the LFS (which comes highly recommend) would have told me a hippo could be ok in a 55 gallon, also another worker told me the same thing.

They do have a pretty small one there & I know it will grow, I would not want to give it away when it would outgrow the tank & would not want to stress the fish. I am so bummed... That was one my son & I had our hearts set on

If tangs are not going to work in a 55, 60, or 75 gallon, I might as well stick to the 41 gallon, it already has live rock, a clown & a couple of others with it.
So if I need 6'... What size tank in gallons would that be?
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I am pretty sure you can go up to 180 in a 6' tank. They just go a little taller and deeper. I would go with the biggest possible tank that will fit your budget. When you go fish shopping you will be happy you did.
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