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Old 03-27-2006, 01:05 PM   #1
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My Wife wants a Dory....

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My wife wants a Sturgon. I don't know the species, but its "Dory" from Finding Nemo(@work and can't look it up).

I know that my current tank is way too small, but what would I need to upgrade to to fit a Sturgon. I was thinking a 60gal long, which is 48" long .

My current tank is a 37gal. Stocking levels are
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I would transfer these fish to the new tank, as wll as add the Sturgon and maybe 2 A. Pecula's Would a48" long 60gal be large enough?

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Old 03-27-2006, 01:16 PM   #2
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Ok the fish your talking about is a Regal Tang/Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus).

Your right your tank is WAY too small for this fish. It can grow to be 12-18"'s in length given the right environment and nutrition.

The minimum tank size in my opinion would be at least a 5ft tank of 100g or more. They love to swim and need the room.

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Re: My Wife wants a Dory....

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My wife wants a Sturgon. I don't know the species, but its "Dory" from Finding Nemo(@work and can't look it up).

I would transfer these fish to the new tank, as wll as add the Sturgon and maybe 2 A. Pecula's Would a48" long 60gal be large enough?
Blue Hippo Tangs reach an adult length of 12" and need tons of swimming room, so the minimum size tank imo is a 125 gallon tank.

Here is the fish you are talking about:

http://marinedepotlive.com/blue-tang...sh--tangs.html
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:59 PM   #6
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Yikes...I didn't realize they got that big, I was thinking 8-10inches max.

I don't think I could swing a 5' tank into my space, 4" would probably be the max. Goin up to a 75 only means the height will be taller, so that doesn't really help as far as swim space.

Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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That is a Powder Blue Tang.
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Pssst...Pssst the AA banner is a powder blue tang. The chattanooga reefers banner in revhtree's sig is a blue hippo.

Agree they need as big a tank as possible. With a juvenial though I would think you could go with something as small as a 90g (48")

Like the PBT these tangs are known to be touchy and ich prone and excellent water quality is a must.

Always recommed you get as big a tank the budget and space will allow.

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Yep, totally mistaken. Thanks for the correction.
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Yes your tank is too small. Sounds like a good reason to get a new tank, depending on how bad your wife wants one.
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No such thing. Put the new tank in a room you do not need as much as a new tank. Like the kitchen or bathroom
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LiveAquaria says minimum 70 gallons...
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=330

However, I'm sure that is bare minimum...

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Ya that's from a "seller's" list of requirments. Although they do pretty good, they are still looking to sale if you know what I mean.
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No such thing. Put the new tank in a room you do not need as much as a new tank. Like the kitchen or bathroom


Don't think that the wifey will go for a large tank in any room other than the living room, but that would be awsome.

This whole thing went from me wanting a small seahorse tank, and she suggensted that I ugrade to a larger thak and use my 37gal as a seahorse tank. Of coarse, she said to do this when we buy a larger home....hehehe....not waiting that long.

I actually don't like the larger speiceis of fish, I would perfer a lot of smaller fish, like a school of chromis and 2 clowns, but we will se. I am heading to my LFS to see what size tanks they have.

If I go for an upgrade, its going to be like 4 month process. Gotta cure a lot of rock before I can evem make the move.....

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Let the LR cycle your tank=no curing.
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Let the LR cycle your tank=no curing.
So les say I buy 60# of base rock form hirocks.com, I can put 20# into my current tanl and let it cycle with no dieoff and no spikes.

I can then add the rest of the new bese rocks into the new tank when I am ready? Does anyone know how long it takes for base rock to become "live rock"?

How long after establishing the new tank should I wait before adding new livestock?

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I would not keep a regal blue tang in anything less than a 600 gallon tank. But then again, I am much more humane and thoughtful than most of you...


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Old 04-04-2006, 04:45 PM   #17
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Sorry to revisit an old topic.

Ok, so Tenercor has a 75 gal long, dims are 60x18x16. nice long and pretty wide tank, and low hight, which I like. Would this work with a Powder? Not bare minimun, but actually enough swim space? I figure the only difference between this and a 100gal is the height.

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I have a blue tang in my 28 gallon, and he did awesome, he got bigger (bought him at like an inch and eventually got into 6 inches and had to sell him. Im glad pixar researched their fish they used, blue tangs aren't the smartest fish in the tank

*NOTE* I had a 28 gallon nano/micro reef aquarium that had a turnover rate of over 1500 GPH, thats probably helped me a smidge
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I bought my Hippo Tang about a year and a half ago. It was the size of a Dime. I housed it in my 20g for about 9 months. It is currently 4-5 inches and in my 55. In about 4-5 months it will be put into the 125. Although you need a long tank dont forget the width they need to turn around.
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