Originally Posted by TheTodd
I've also heard that the juvie tangs have a higher mortality rate than the medium-large size ones. I've always heard that buying small fish that will eventually get large (tangs, angels, etc) is risky.
Plus, a 10g is going to be tough to maintain stability. I would not put something that does not do well with parameter fluctuations (like Tangs) in something that size.
What you have heard is generally true. I will also say that as much as all these websites claim tangs as good fish, they are not good beginner fish. Tangs are picky eaters and stress out really easily. Personally, I've bought a juvenile before and had great luck with it but I QT'd it and treated it as if it were sick. I also had an established tank with plenty to graze on. A few of the people I know with both reef and FOWLR
claim that tangs and angelfish like coral beauty's do better in reefs. They never had any issues with either bothering their corals but I've read where the angels are questionable on that one. My coral beauty did great in FOWLR