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Old 01-30-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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Yellow tang in 30 gallon reef tank

I know what you guys are going to say, I've heard about the tang police, but hear me out before you get mad at me. I've been looking into buying a yellow tang for my 30 gal reef tank. I've heard people say you need a 55 gallon or a 75 gallon. On the contrary I've also heard people say that yellow tangs grow proportionally to their environment and that yellow tangs can successfully live in a smaller tank. If there is ANY way I can get this fish tell me what I need to do specially to raise it. Thank you for helping
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:07 AM   #2
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No, you will not be able to get a fish to tell you what to do.

After seeing numerous debates on this site over this topic, it seems that the end result is that people frequently end up doing whatever they originally intended to do, which is usually against what the large majority of the people here suggest.

Can certain Tangs that should be in a six foot tank survive in a 30 gallon? Yes, some can and will. Is it healthy or appropriate to put a fish in a tank, where it is going to be stressed? IMO, no. Look at all the stories of "My Tang has Ich" followed by the fact that its in a small tank. Why do we never see those stories when Tangs are in larger tanks? That's not coincidence.
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I would not put a tang of any size in a 30 unless it was a QT.
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Has anyone attempted to do this?
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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Sure, lots of people have attempted it. But a 30 gallon is not suitable for any species of tang throughout its lifespan. It would probably be fine as a baby, but fish grow. Being crowded in a tank that is too small leads to stress, and stress leads to disease. Unless you have plans to eventually upgrade to a larger tank, I would not recommend it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:34 PM   #7
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I agree, they need large tanks.
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Sure, lots of people have attempted it. But a 30 gallon is not suitable for any species of tang throughout its lifespan. It would probably be fine as a baby, but fish grow. Being crowded in a tank that is too small leads to stress, and stress leads to disease. Unless you have plans to eventually upgrade to a larger tank, I would not recommend it.
Ok I might get a 75 gallon tank in about a year. And also I heard that the yellow tang is a fish that grows proportionately to their environment, but I may be wrong.
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I've never kept one in a small tank so I couldn't tell you if you could stunt it's growth by doing so, but why would you want to? If you were allowed to keep a tiger in your living room in a 8x8 cage for the rest of it's life, would you?
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There are debates on the growing proportionate to the tank size. Some are adamant that this does not occur, but I've seen a 45g tank with a Blue Tang that was five years old and it was still fairly small. The same fish in a 300g would have been twice the size (I have seen that too). The small tank version looked bad, but it was in a healthy looking reef tank, so I'm guessing water parameters were not the problem.

IMO, a yellow or blue (or most other tangs) need a six foot tank. 75 would work for Koles or Tominis.
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