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Old 06-08-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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yellow tang in a 55g

I have a 3" yellow tang and a 2" maroon clown. The tank is 3 ft long. Should I take the tang back to the lfs? My initial research showed a 55g as large enough for the tang, but after reading more on this site, everyone seems to say 75 is the minumum.
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Old 06-08-2005, 12:51 PM   #2
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A 55g would work if it was a 4' tank. The main issue with Tangs is their need for a lot of swimming room. Unfortunately, if you only have a 3' tank you might want to consider taking it back to the LFS. Sorry that this fish didn't work out, but there are a lot of other great options out there for a tank of that size.

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Old 06-08-2005, 07:27 PM   #3
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If it were me I would buy a larger tank
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We tried a ytang in our 75 gal and he never seemed happy. He had some other issues as well. We exchanged him for a blue tang and this one is VERY content! I don't know why the blue one is so much more timid than the yellow one was but we are not seeing the stress that we had with the yellow.
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Old 06-08-2005, 09:35 PM   #5
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No problems here w/ytang. 48" would probably be minimum. Are you sure your 55gal is only 3'(36inches)
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uh ya i checked it and it's 48". had a brain dump yesterday i knew it was but somehow i managed to say 3'. (i was at work when i wrote it)
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so how long does it take a tang to reach full size?
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Old 06-10-2005, 10:16 AM   #8
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Depends on the exact species but generally speaking they can reach about ½ their adult size in about 1-1½ yrs depending on the quality of care and diet.

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are there diff species of yellow tangs? and should i assume they will reach adult size in three years, of course depending on quality of care and diet? just curiuous what is their life expectancy? is there a website out there that has life expectancy for all fish? thank you for your help!
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I`ve had mine about 8 yrs. I`ve got 3 tangs in my 125. Good hardy fish But they need room. Also Steve maybe you can answer this, but I`ve heard that fish really grow to their enviornment. That for example, A tang would not grow as big in a 55 as he would in a 210. Just a rumor I`ve seen before and would like to know the answer. Thanks
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