Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 06-22-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Matthews, NC
Posts: 4
Thumbs down Tangs

I know Tangs will sometimes fight each other but I really wanted to try a couple so I did all this research. It seemed that Powder Brown Tangs were more peaceful than others. I also read where blue tangs were among the tangs that lived better with other tangs. So on the same day, I bought a small to medium Powder Brown and a more adult blue tang. The powder brown seems more normal but the two have been fighting some and it's only the second day. The blue tangs seems very wild. He swims around the aquarium very fast, left to right and top to bottom. I have two clowns that seem to know to get out of his way. Neither of the tangs seem to be a afraid of each other. I've seen them both nip at each other. Will this get better or should I already be looking at getting rid of one them????

kvn276 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2009, 10:45 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Regular
Brad S's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Spokane, WA USA
Posts: 89
First, I am no expert on tangs but it doesn't sound too good so far. You're right that blue tangs are supposed to be less aggressive. Not sure about your powder brown. I used to have two yellow tangs and they got along fine but they were raised together. A few things occur to me that might be working against you. One: They're different kinds of fish. There's no guarantee they will get along. Two: Are they two males? A dominance issue maybe? Three: How big is your tank? I'd say you need at least a 75g. Maybe more. Maybe your blue is freaking out because the tank's too small. As far as what you should do, the blue is obviously in distress. If it's been two days and he hasn't calmed down by now, I don't think he will. I'd separate them immediately. That's pretty much the limit of what I can tell you so good luck.

God Bless Our Troops
Brad S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2009, 11:49 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Phoenix, Az.
Posts: 1,251
from what i found out it is best to put them in the tank together an turn off all the lights and wrape the tank so it will be verry dark and leave it that way for 24 hrs. and all should turn out ok that is what i do with all new fish when thay are put in my tank i woulu try that and c if it will help so thay will get use to seeing each outher and stop fighting
rob_mango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Welcome to the site.
Well, the Browns and Blues have the same body shape.
The browns are the least aggressive and will not get along with a more aggressive tang....With that being said, the Blues are aggressive and will not get along with less aggressive tangs, especially with the same body shape....
Was you research done at the LFS?
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 09:55 AM   #5
SW 20 & Over Club
ccCapt's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
Besides the fact your 80g tank is too small for any 2 tangs, are they the same species (acanthurus.sp)? Is 1 a powder brown and 1 a powder blue or is the other a blue hippo (regal) tang? Regardless, chances of both living together in your tank are pretty slim.
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 01:56 PM   #6
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,890
I dont think you need to wrap the tank up. When I`ve added tangs and they start scrapping then I move some LR around and just turn out the lights. Seems to work after a while.
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2009, 09:40 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Matthews, NC
Posts: 4
I used www.liveaquaria.com for a lot of my research and both of these tangs have a minimum tank size of 75 g. Mine is 80g. Both were also listed as Peaceful. And even though I refered to the blue tang as more of an adult, he's about 4 to 5 inches long, no where near full grown. The powder brown is real small. The blue tang has calmed down some. The two still seems to "get in each others way" every now and again but it doesn't seem as bad. Neither seems to be stressed by the other. I realize now it probably was not the best decision. These two tangs are different generas but they do have similar body shape. The blue tang just seems spastic or something but I was told that is very common behaviour for them. Oh well, I'm a little new to this and it seems that everyone has different opinions and even books and web sites seem to contradict each other.
kvn276 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2009, 09:54 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Charlton, MA
Posts: 544
At my LFS Roger who is the bomb at fish said that you can have any number aside from 2. If their is 3, they wont fight, 1 unless he is wierd wont fight.
AMDPhenomX4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2009, 04:19 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: charlotte, NC
Posts: 33
how much live rock do you have? can you put any pics?
KVN I see that you live near Charlotte. what lfs do you use if you dont mind me asking?

I would recommend Nemo's they are off of eastway dr. the area is not that good but no one in the area has fish as nice as them and there prices are crazy cheap. The only thing is that he usually goes to atlanta on friday or saturday to get his fish. he usually gets back around 5 and is sold out of new livestock by 7 when he closes.
Saltwater newbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Matthews, NC
Posts: 4
Hi newbie! I have about 100 lbs of live rock. So far, I've been using Fintastic off of South Tryon. I did actually try to go by Nemo's one day but they were closed and it was the middle of the work day so I thought that was odd. I'll have to check them out again. Back on the tang subject, I did end up returning the blue tang. Fintastic was actually pretty decent with the whole situation. So now, I just have the powder brown, a tank bread clown, and a black clown. I think I'm going to give it a few weeks as the aquarium is still new. So who knows what I will end up with. Good to know there is a friend in the Charlotte area.

kvn276 is offline   Reply With Quote

tan, tang

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NEW TANGS!! datto Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 04-03-2005 01:38 PM
tangs barracuda Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 03-24-2005 11:35 AM
tangs,tangs and more tangs! datto Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 03-17-2005 03:08 AM
tangs huey112 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 24 03-07-2005 06:30 PM
tangs! tangs! tangs! philly Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 09-28-2004 06:33 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.