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Old 07-09-2009, 09:24 AM   #11
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The best information is through quality books (lots of readings) and get informed information from aquarists here. I have learned so much buy just reading these posts. Beware of the LFS folks. Some will have your best interest in mind and some will drool at your hard earned money instead. I will never recommend anyone to buy two tangs in your tank size. First, they are among the pieces reserved for intermediate aquarists who have good command of water quality management. Second, they are agressive among themselves and with the small tank, you are asking for trouble. Third, they are expensive and to start out, costly specimens should be avoided. Finally, they are prone to disease and as a beginner, you need to find the fish that is disease resistant or you will be playing doctor instead of enjoying the hobby. I can't tell you how much money I tossed down the drain in past 9 years of salt water keeping. One time a LFS guy told me to buy a Regal tang in my newly set up 55 gallon aquarium and that 75 bucks went down the toilet in three days! I would return the tangs for credit and start out with something else. Experts here can help you with the choices. DP

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Old 07-11-2009, 12:41 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. I did end up returning the blue tang since he seemed crazy. I do think my lfs (or at least one guy there) is pretty honest and knowlegable. He's actually talked me out of buying more fish than he's talked me into. I've kept the powder brown for now and he seems to be doing well. I'm all over the water quality doing regular water changes and testing ever couple days. I also invested in a top notch filtration system with an auto top off RO systems and calcium reactor. I'm glad I did because the tank has been set up for at least a couple months or more and the water has remained at top notch conditions. I know the powder browns (and the blue for that matter) can be prone to ich so I'm trying to be pro-active with algae on a clip and garlic on his food. So far, that seems to be working.

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