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Old 04-01-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Tang for a 66 gallon?

Are their any tangs besides the kole tang that dont need a 6 foot tank??? I woul never put a tang in a tank that is too small, so i wont put one in the 66 gal unless it would be happy. Thanks!
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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This would be the tank

http://www.fishtanksdirect.com/redse...FW-CtgodqhASxw
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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Well the Bristletooth tangs all list a 70 gal as minimum. Even at that I think many will say that is pushing it depending on rockwork and swim room designed into the tank. I have decided for myself to keep one Bristletooth tang in my 72 bowfront and not 2 tangs for sure.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Okay thank you! We plan on having a pretty wide open rock scape, lots of swimming room! Maybe 1 tang... A kole?
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:55 PM   #5
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If your set on a tang I would go with a bristle tooth. They seem to get a little smaller.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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Okay thank you! We plan on having a pretty wide open rock scape, lots of swimming room! Maybe 1 tang... A kole?
If you do that I would suggest not getting another grazer for sure. I have been reading alot this weekend on tangs and any other grazer like a dwarf angel will be competing for the niche. You will need to supplement from what I have read with sea weed, algae sheets or other herbivore quality food. I have read that spinach, and romain lettuce if steamed or frozen are ok on the veggie clip also but I have elected to go with marine based algae sheets on the clip. It is a more natural food souce for the tangs so I just feel it must be better. Just MHO.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:56 PM   #7
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Why not just get a 75?
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A Kole or something similar is all I would consider for that. Pushing it a bit, but as long as the tank isn't overstocked, the tang is well fed, and seems happy and healthy, could work. Other than the coveted "I have a tang!" status, any particular reason you want one? If for algae control, consider a rabbitfish. Fun, amusing, interesting, and some will even eat valonia!
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input! And guys i am not set on a tang at all, lol. I would love to own one, but if he wont fit in the tank he wont fit, i am ok with that. I dont wanna put a fish in a tank that is too small i cant get a 75 because this tank has everything! Its amazing, a great setup! I would suppliment his foot with some algea and seaweed i would like one because i feel like they really bring a reef tank to life! They are very active and thats what i like about them
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The Ctenochaetus sp. tangs are all bristletooth varieties. Take a look at liveaqaria.com under tangs and look for this and bristletooth labels. These are all the smaller tangs I am aware of. The other benefit of this variety of tang is they seem to be more hardy and less prone to ich.
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The Ctenochaetus sp. tangs are all bristletooth varieties. Take a look at liveaqaria.com under tangs and look for this and bristletooth labels. These are all the smaller tangs I am aware of.
Yup i do like bristlenose tangs! Only need 70 gallons so that is up my ally
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The fact that the dimensions of the tank are not listed on that page is irritating.

The fact that the lighting is listed at 6x39W T5 HO gives me a context clue.

These are 3 foot bulbs. Based on the photo of the tank's hood with the bulbs installed, I think it's fairly safe to say this is a 3 foot tank. A 3 foot tank is not suitable for a tang IMO.
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That is true. It might be a little bit bigger then 3 feet wide though, i will figure out the length and get back to you on that haha if its not 4 feet or close then i dont know how i would feel putting a tang in there.
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Alright the tank is roughly 39 inches long! Tang or no tang?
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The fact that the dimensions of the tank are not listed on that page is irritating.

The fact that the lighting is listed at 6x39W T5 HO gives me a context clue.

These are 3 foot bulbs. Based on the photo of the tank's hood with the bulbs installed, I think it's fairly safe to say this is a 3 foot tank. A 3 foot tank is not suitable for a tang IMO.
I looked at the link and the first fine print line in the specs I believe said it was 38 inches wide. That said it is small for a tang and I would suggest if you must have one of the smaller varieties of tangs you are going to have to resist the temptation to have more than a few small fish with it. No other grazers for sure. As I said my 72 bowfront is 4 ft wide and I consider it pushing with one small tang of the bristletooth variety. I have 80 lbs of rock in the tank and it is high quality very porous light rock and the reef is built on pillars and arches above the sand with a very small footprint. There is about 4 inches behind the reef and more of course in front of it and even then I feel it is still a stretch for the tang.
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Alright thanks! Well i dont plan on having any other grazers, and my tank will not be overstocked, i assure you i will leave room on the front and back in case i do wan a tang later on. That will be when my tank is very established, peobably the last fish i will add, if i do want one. Thanks guys! I will only even CONSIDER bristletooth tangs
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Alright thanks! Well i dont plan on having any other grazers, and my tank will not be overstocked, i assure you i will leave room on the front and back in case i do wan a tang later on. That will be when my tank is very established, peobably the last fish i will add, if i do want one. Thanks guys! I will only even CONSIDER bristletooth tangs
Sound like a plan.
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Sound like a plan.
On a side note, do you think this is a good tank? High quality? I have never seen one before and i am wondering if it would be a good upgrade for my fish thanks for all your help people!
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On a side note, do you think this is a good tank? High quality? I have never seen one before and i am wondering if it would be a good upgrade for my fish thanks for all your help people!
First I have no experience with the Red Sea tanks but did consider them. I talked with a few people who have them though and this was their thoughts.

Pros: Attractive and well built, all in one systems, Support was good

Cons: All in one system leaves little room for mods, tend to run on the hot side temp wise and needed a chiller-One guy proped the lid open and used a fan which created more top offs. Expensive.

Again this is not hands on info but I choose to buy a used system that I could build and modifiy to my wants. I picked up a 72 bow front Oceanic tank, stand and lots of equipment for under 100.00 of craigs list and put my money into good rock and upgrades.
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38" tank= essentially a 3' tank= not recommended for a tang of any kind IMO.

I worked at a shop that sold earlier models of these. We had one or two come back for electrical issues ("power center" failed and components that were plugged in didn't function properly- certainly disappointing for the high price of the unit). The good news is, customer service was responsive and replaced defective parts. I will say this was several years ago before this particular model was produced, so hopefully quality has improved.
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