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Old 06-30-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
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Blue Tang question?

Why can't a blue tang survive in anything smaller than a 75g tank? I am setting up a 29g tank and am looking into stocking options (which is a long way off, but I can't help but dream of what I'll put in there.) I would never put a Tang in a 29g tank, but was just curious why it couldn't be done? If anyone wants to sate my intellectual appetite, I would appreciate it!!!
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:39 AM   #2
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There's two reasons I know of:
1) They produce heaps of waste that requires heavy skimming/filtration to remove it and a large tank to dilute it while it is being removed.
2) They are very active swimmers and they need the length of a 6ft tank to exercise and have enough room to grow.

Other people probably have more.
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The 2 biggest reasons are they are a semi big fish not large but not small so they need some room to move around. The other reason is they are very active swimmers. In the wild they swims miles a day going from rock to rock eatting and looking for food. Hard to swim miles 2 feet at a time. Thou in the grand sceme of things is there a big diffrence between 2 feet and 6 feet when you travel 6-10 or kore miles a day.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:51 AM   #4
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Another reason is that in a small tank you will stunt the growth of the Tang, but that would be only the outward appearence of lthe fish, it's internal organs would grow to full size and would be under real stress to operate in a smaller body. Thus shortening the fishes life.
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Interesting information. Thank you everybody. Maybe in the distant future I will be able to get one of these beautiful fish.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:05 PM   #6
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There are lots of nice fish that will fit nicely in a 29g tank.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:58 PM   #8
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I have a 29 gallon too and i wanted one so bad. I found one online that says it can live in a 29 gallon. It is called a Tiny though so its probably pretty small and stays that way but at least you can have a tang.
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ehh. I would be weary of that site, they are probably just trying to pass off livestock on unsuspecting buyers. No tang I have ever heard of would fit in a 29 gallon.
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:11 PM   #10
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ehh. I would be weary of that site, they are probably just trying to pass off livestock on unsuspecting buyers. No tang I have ever heard of would fit in a 29 gallon.
This is the site. I apologize it wasnt a 30 G It says it can fit in a 40 G But i imagine it would still grow so you would need bigger then that.
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