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Old 08-23-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
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TANGS...

Looking to start up a SW tank & planning everything in advance...how friendly are tangs? im thinkin of some nemos, goby's and a couple tangs? do you have to add tangs in pairs, 3's or just one at a time?

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It really depends on what size tank. Gotta let us know that first.

Some tangs are not friendly with other tangs, but there is a science to which are added first and how big or what type the others that follow are.
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Generally, tangs should be one of the last additions to the tank. They will be aggressive towards other tanks with the same color and body shape. Keep in mind tangs require a pretty large tank to be happy. I have one in a 72 gal bow front and that is really pushing it for size.
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i have a 46gal tank...i wonder how pet places/fish stores keep like 3 or 4 tangs int heir little 10 gallon tank for so long...
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The fish stores don't need the fish to live well and thrive. They just need them to stay alive long enough for someone to buy them.
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The big problem with Fish stores and Salt water fish is that the fish in the store tanks are usually young and much smaller than their adult counterparts. that tiny royal blue tang gets BIG!

so the moral is research, research, research every fish you are interested in.
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PLEASE do your research before you buy any fish.
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well i work at one of the lfs and what i ahve found is all of the bigger fish are in the bigger tanks. we have a ton of 10 gal tank that wre keep all of the little reef fish in and then in the room next to that there are prolly about 20+ i think maybe 45-50 gal tanks that all of the tangs and puffers and the big fish are held. and those tank do not have many fish in them. maybe like 3 fish but they are big fish.
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Sounds like a great shop! my LFS keeps all their tangs in about 5 gallon sections of a larger tank system.
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Which store do you work at. World of Fish?
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