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Old 04-11-2015, 11:10 AM   #51
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Yep, that's what LA lists, but after watching some full grown tangs on a diving trip to Puerto Rico, and coincidentally at the shedd aquarium, it seems almost cruel to keep such magnificent (and gigantic :p) fish in aquariums less than a few thousand gallons. I just looked up the sailfin by the latin name and found out they can live up to 30 years on the Great Barrier Reef. Seems like tangs fit into a different size, range, and life expectancy class than most aquarium fish - even the large ones in our hobby such as groupers and snappers don't have nearly the natural (day to day) range and speed. /endrant
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:16 AM   #52
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Well that is true since they are true open water swimmers. Hence why the 6ft of tank is always so recommended as a general rule and many simply don't understand why even a small tang the size of a quarter can be upset by being in a 40 breeder.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:49 AM   #53
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It's definitely sad to see tangs kept "happily" in smaller tanks - I've seen a few in 20s, 10s online. Still seems like for the adult size and range of a sailfin, there are very few hobbyist's aquariums that can provide adequate space.

Just makes me want to get this guy out of the hypo treatment and into the big tank!
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:53 AM   #54
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I have two dream tanks:
- 600 gallon sps reef, with a giant clam.
- and a tank large enough to hold a full grown sailfin tang, if such a monster exists
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:28 PM   #55
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The 70-75 recommendations...just break it down. What is a 75 standard tank? A slightly wider 55. That'd be a fine addition IMO.
you have that backwards.
if the footprint of the tank is larger; IE: "being a little wider" than it is a significant difference as the surface area is greater.

If they have the same footprint but the height is different, than they are essentially the same as you "break it down".

the width & length are always the determining factors in how much livestock a tank can support, not the height.
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you have that backwards.
if the footprint of the tank is larger; IE: "being a little wider" than it is a significant difference as the surface area is greater.

If they have the same footprint but the height is different, than they are essentially the same as you "break it down".

the width & length are always the determining factors in how much livestock a tank can support, not the height.

I really wouldn't state that width and length are always the determining factor. Swimming levels and fish height are both important factors as well so height is also important. As well height plays a role in total water volume which could be important in bioload control


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That Salfin is stunning!

I'm following along! I'm glad I found the thread!
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Thanks redsea! glad to have you along
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:46 PM   #59
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Picked up a red monti today in Saint Louis, 8" colony with another 3" plate that broke off. $20



Sorry for the dirty glass :p
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