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Old 01-09-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Tang question

I am planning to get a tang or two for my 180 gallon when it finishes cycling and I had some questions. Would a sailfin and a powder brown get along? ( general question as I know it depends on the fish). Another question is I have been buying food to prepare and I got nls pellets and omega one red algae sheets. Was curious since the nls has algae and spirulina if the algae sheets are still needed for optimal health? Thank you

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Old 01-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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I only have one yellow tang so take this for what its worth, but both are on the more passive end of the tang scale. I think in a tank that size, especially if introduced at the same time, you would be just fine. The brown powder is a great looking fish, I'd add one if I didn't think my yellow would beat him up too much. Good luck.
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Thank you for the response. What do you feed your tang?
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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He eats pellets daily, mysis shrimp every 2 or 3 days and dried seaweed on alternating days. He also grazes on alge on he rock continually. Seaweed is definetely his favorite.
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They will get along fine just as long as you add then at the same time, personaly I would add 4 tangs to that tank at the same time, sailfin, powder brown, Naso, and a yellow tang. that's my future stock list
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:20 PM   #6
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Just be carefull adding 4 fish that size at once could cause a spike in ur numbers. From what I have seen even though a little dif from what I read I have never had a prb with a tang attacking a new addition to a tank including other tangs.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:23 PM   #7
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Also the naso and powder brown are similar especially as juveniles so they are more apt to fight. If I had to pick four tangs for a 180(which I have may not go with 4 tangs tho) is a naso, dejardini sailfin, achillies, and purple.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:41 PM   #8
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Well I know for sure I won't be getting four tangs. I have my porcupine puffer and my dwarf lion from my other tank . Probably going to be overstocked if I go with more fish than that. What kind of foods do your tangs eat?
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #9
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Just those two u would he absolutly fine with 4 tangs if u wanted not much past that but def can get away with it. You could have those two 4 tangs plus a few smaller fish imo
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I wouldn't go 4 tangs but I like a variety. But mine eat everything nori formula two mysis brine etc basically everything. Love nori tho
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My naso will even eat the nori out of my hand.
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If I do go with a fifth fish it would be a toss up between a raccoon butterfly a yellow stripe Maroon clown or a snowflake eel. Is there any plant or algae that is ok to plant in the display for the tangs to eat?
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:52 PM   #13
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Buterfly's aren't "reef safe" personally I think they are more reef safe then non. Also think u have room for more fish. As long as added slowly. 5 fish in a 180 on minamal.
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I have a butterfly and in the process of trying to pair my yellow striped maroon. Not going well but expected unfortunatly.
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Anyone else want to share their tang diet ? It seems like pellets , mysis, and algae are the main diet.
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My 3 tangs eat everything I put in the tank. Mysis, brine,pellets, flake, bloodworms, chopped clams...everything. LOL I also try to get at least one sheet of seaweed up a day, they go crazy for that stuff.
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Ok so basically whatever my puffer eats plus the algae and nls should be fine then . Thank you
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It's been a couple of days with my sailfin tang. He has eaten nls , mysis , spirulina brine shrimp , krill. But he hasn't touched his algae on the clip yet. Is there a certain type they like better ? I have the omega one red algae sheets.
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I buy unseasoned Nori from Amazon.com and slice it into sheets. They eat it like pigs and it's cheap...cheap. Same stuff they make sushi with. You could rub a bit of garlic on it to entice them more.
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I can't get my yellow eye kole tang to eat any seaweed. My yellow tang loves the stuff. At first the yellow wouldn't go for it. I rubbed the seaweed between my fingers under water at first. This made it easier for it to feed and get accustomed to seaweed. Now i just clip a bit of a sheet and dunk it in the tank. Just wish my yellow kole eye would eat it. He only likes the frozen brine shrimp.
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