Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-14-2005, 09:56 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,341
They will definitely grow some. Unless you have a very large tank or stock very lightly I do not think most will make it to max size in the typical aquarium. In the case of my Orange shoulder it has almost doubled in 6+ months since I bought it. I think the numbers listed on live aquaria are ideals for in the wild or perfect aquarium setting. I would go with about a 3/4 or so guideline of that.

Curious to here what other say.



Tank: 90 Gal SW Reef in the making

See my info for setup and inhabitant details:
afilter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 10:01 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,832
Send a message via Yahoo to quarryshark
As a general rule do the fish grow to the max length listed on sites like liveaquaria (ie Blue Tang, 1') or when in the aquarium are they limited in growth
You got it. In a large tank like a public aquarium), fish can grow to close to what they would in the wild. A too small system will certainly stunt their growth accordingly and shorten their lifespan somewhat.
Like if you buy a 6" blue tang , will it pretty much stay 6" once its in a tank, or will it grow more.
It may grow more, depends on its diet, water quality, system size and general level of care.
Personally, I like to buy my fish as juveniles, its fun to watch them grow and mature. It also encourages collectors to leave the adult fish in the sea. Of course more folks would have to agree with my philosophy in order to have that effect.

quarryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 10:07 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Maryland
Posts: 125
I highly agree (although my stock may not) with quarryshark. I am dealing the HLLE on my Koran and it pains me cause he is still a baby. I could easily buy one in the midst of changing or full grown...but it wouldn't be the same as watching them mature. Same goes for my bamboo....I may not keep him forever since he will possibly outgrow the tank. But when looking at adding more stock, his swimming area at full size it what I take into most consideration.

My current project underway
180 SW
2 overflows wet/dry ETSS skimmer Mag18 pump 2 Stealth Titanium heaters
Dog Face Puffer
Bamboo Cat Shark
Foxface Lo
Volitan Lion
and the almighty domino Damsel
the21kid is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Suggestion On New Fish Brad S Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 11-30-2009 07:49 PM
new fish suggestion? knuckles23 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 06-11-2009 10:58 PM
fish suggestion dudeinvb Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 8 02-03-2009 07:45 AM
Looking for suggestion on fish. arminkropp Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 03-09-2005 09:46 AM
Need a Fish Suggestion Gauge Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 09-09-2003 04:29 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:49 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.