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Old 09-24-2003, 10:09 PM   #1
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Hippo Tang

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Just wanted to hear from some owners of the Hippo Tang. Want to know how much luck they have with them in captivity, eating habits, etc etc...I am thinking about adding one to my 75 gallon FOWLR, containing a pair of false perc's, BL hermits, and snails...any info would be great. thanks
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Old 09-24-2003, 10:20 PM   #2
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The main problem with tangs (escpeciaally hippos) is parasitic pathogens and poor diet. Once acclimated properly and provided with a good hebavor diet, they can be great long lived fish. I have had mine now for over two years and other than the initial intro, has been in excellent health since.

Always quarantine new arrivals and be prepared to treat if necessary. With hippos, I would recommend hyposalinity or Cupramine if needed. They are also very prone to secondary infection, so make sure there is a good source to purchase a gram negative anti-biotic nearby if needed.

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Old 09-24-2003, 10:37 PM   #3
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As long as we are on this subject, can anyone tell me why hippo tang prices have gone so high?....i use to see them as juveniles ( 1" - 2" ) for no more than $30. now i see the same one for as much as $70. is it because of the Nemo movie?...just very curiuos
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thanks for the info steve...IYO do you think they make for interesting inhabitants...or would you have chosen another specimen??
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Depends on what you plan on keeping with them really. They are very active and quite "excitable". I probabley would choose different one if I had a much larger tank but I would not hesitate to include one. For your 75 though, I think it would make a great addition. The only other that I would personally consider instead for that size tank would be a purple tang.

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Hmm....Ill check into that for sure...thanks Steve.
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