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Old 05-06-2004, 11:21 PM   #1
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Yellow Tang Food Advice

Hey all!!

I came home and My Brother-in-Law had bought us a Yellow Tang, it's about 3 inches long. It seems to be in good health, nice color and all. My question is this:

The lfs gave him what he called strips of dried algae that we should clip inside the tank.

Is this ok?
How much should be clipped in at a time?
How long should it be left in? (always?)

He said the lfs store told him that this is what they were feeding the fish.

Thanks for the help.

PS. I know all about checking out fish before you buy them, qt, and acclimation. Well not all about it! It was a gift....anyway about the food please.
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Put a 1 or 2 inch square in for a few hours. You don't want it to disintegrate and polute your tank. You can also feed frozen Formula 2, it's algae based and has meaty parts too. Your Tang will eat most anything when it's acclimated. It needs the algae for health though. It will eat the algae in your tank too. Do you have LR for it to graze on? I hope your tank is at least 4' long. They love to swim and do best in large tanks.
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Ya check out my signature. It needs to be updated with my new fish. Thanks for the concern, and for the quick response on my food question.

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Mine eats everthing but my finger. A stated above, they love a variety.
Enjoy, great fish!!
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you can also grow your own macroalgae to feed it... seems like the most natural to me. You would need a fuge though.
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My purple tang is a wierdo. I feed my fish a slurry of Ocean Nut. Form 2, Spiru, Brine, Reef Plus, and Green Algae Strips. The tang really doesn't dig the Brine or Reef Plus, but it goes to town on the rest. However if I offer him some fresh home grown macro he doesn't go near it.
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Our tangs and other herbivores seem to like Julian Sprung's Sea Veggies (green or purple) the best of all the dried seaweed sheets.
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my yellow gets the meaty bits when i feed the rest of the tank, and other than that he continualy grazes on the algae on the glass, rock and plumbing in my tank. I occasionaly clip a piece of dried seaweed but he gets most of his veggies the natural way. If you don't have a lot of algae in your tank you should use the dried veggies more often. I have heard of other folks using baby spinach and brocolli as well. (be sure they're well rinsed and if possible organically grown)
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I hope your tank is at least 4' long. They love to swim and do best in large tanks.
Actually they should hvae 6' tanks. I think a 75 is too small for long term.
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I've read a number of places tht a 50g was minimum for the yellow tang. Thanks.
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