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Old 09-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
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As I snorkel in the reefs of Cancun, I realize I want a saltwater tank. My wife really wants a kole tang, so I want to build a tank for her in a few years. (Going to do a lot of research on everything before i start building.) I was wondering, what kind of fish mates can happily live with a kole tang? I'm making a tank from acrylic (dimensions 9'L x 2'H x 2W). I don't want too many fish, total of 4-5 with a good bit of crustaceans and a mandarin fish or two. Thanks
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You are looking at a 270 gallon fish tank. You could definitely put way more than five fish, so it is good so that if you want more fish then you could potentially add more. I would recommend getting a large angelfish. Your tank is perfect for them. My personal favorite is the emperor angelfish. It is fun to watch them grow and change.
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Theres very few fish that cant be kept with the kole. Here's a chart that will help you chose tank mates

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Also, a group of anthills may be fun to watch.
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Anthias not anthills, stupid autocorrect.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:28 PM   #6
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I would do large angel for sure, emperor and queen are my personal favorites, maybe a foxface or a wrasse might be a good idea
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These are all great ideas. I really new to saltwater. I've been told that it easier to start a saltwater tank in a large tank vs a small tank. I've had quite a bit of experience with fresh water: Cichlids, community fish, plating. I'm hoping this will have more of a challenge.
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These are all great ideas. I really new to saltwater. I've been told that it easier to start a saltwater tank in a large tank vs a small tank. I've had quite a bit of experience with fresh water: Cichlids, community fish, plating. I'm hoping this will have more of a challenge.
If you are new, than I would wait with the angel. They tend to be moderate to difficult to take care of. I would do the foxface, kole tang, any maybe a harlequin tusk. Those are kinda cool. If you want, you can also add a blue tang, just add it with the kole. The rule of thumb with tangs is you need to introduce at the name time, and they need different body shape. ( blue and naso wouldn't work) the mandarin is kinds hard, so I would wait to get it. If you need help, just give me a shout!
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Then maybe you can get a dwarf angel. They are easier to take care of than large angels.
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Agreed. Plus, if you are going big, than I would get two; perhaps I bicolor and a flame angel
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