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Old 10-24-2004, 12:39 AM   #11
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As a Tang grows it may become more aggessive, especially in a smaller system. Also, every fish (like any other animal) is different. One Yellow Tang may be very mellow, while another can be a terror. Luck of the draw.
That being said, I would also recommend returning the tang, for the same reasons already stated.
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Old 10-24-2004, 04:02 AM   #12
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I would be hard pressed to blame anything that is aggressive in such a small tank. Personally, with the exception of some special species, I don't like seeing anything in a tank smaller than 30 gallons. Going from the Ocean to a 46 or 55 gallon is bad enough. Some 10-30g tanks barely have enough room to turn around in. Not to mention that they are unneccessarily harder to maintain.
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Old 10-24-2004, 10:22 AM   #13
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You will find some young terrors but as adults they can become very territorial, most of the time it is recommended the Tang should be the Last fish in. If the tank is to small the whole tank could become their territory.

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I am also new at keeping a saltwater aquarium and to Aquarium Advice. But, I would just like to say that the horseshoe crab you have, you might want to also take back. I too had a horseshoe crab I took him to a LFS 2 days later. I read many article here about them after the fact. First they get to over two feet in diameter, not including its tail. Second they sift through the sand feeding on the life line of the tank. They will go through the sand in your tank in no time killing all inhabitants and itself. They are quite destructive. I too thought they were cool looking and would be a great addition to my tank. The LFS I bought the guy from did not inform me of this. That goodness I only paid $3.99 for him. This is just some helpful advice.
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Old 10-30-2004, 12:59 AM   #15
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I've gotta big purple tang (about 4 inches) that rules my tank. He wacks everyone around including my 7 inch clown trigger. Yellow and purple tangs are just very aggressive fish and will fight with any other fish they see as competition. About the only thing she leaves alone is the lionfish. Personally, I'd get move the yellow tang out, and re -introduce it after you have the tank you want. It needs to be the last fish. How big was the filefish it killed? I love the tasslefiles but never seen them more then dime size in the fish store.
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Old 10-30-2004, 12:53 PM   #16
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You also asked about the chromis. I don't think you will see a problem with them. I have 6 of them, and they pretty much stay to themselves. Even my clown like em and he's mean to everybody. Pretty peaceful IMO. anyone else?
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Old 10-31-2004, 11:19 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the advice! I'm very impresed by all the knowledge here. A big difference from my LFS.

You've got me convinced.... the Yellow Tang's days are numbered. He's going back to the LFS.

I want to add some live rock, live sand and a protein skimmer to my tank in the near future so I won't add any more fish till that job is complete.

Thanks again!
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