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first-timer89 10-29-2004 02:09 PM

blue tang?
Is it ok to put a 1 inch blue tang in a 20 gallon fowlr? Has a sump. I am going to be setting up a 55 gallon reef in 5-7 mounths. Would this be ok? KUDOS FOR HELP

austinsdad 10-29-2004 02:18 PM

I really think you shouldn't - even considering a 55 gallon later. See the attached. Calls for a larger tank than a 55.

first-timer89 10-29-2004 03:54 PM

i am not considering i am planning

austinsdad 10-29-2004 04:02 PM

I still wouldn't recommend it, even if you had the 55g in hand already. To small a tank IMO.

first-timer89 10-29-2004 04:14 PM

my neighbor has a 300 gallon fowlr and said if it got too big he would take it

austinsdad 10-29-2004 04:18 PM

I think your neighbor is counting on it getting too big. It's not "if" it gets too big, but "when".

Good luck.

first-timer89 10-29-2004 04:21 PM

he said he would pay half now and that way it will be more fair

austinsdad 10-29-2004 04:26 PM

Cool.... I think.

Will he expect you to buy another with your own money if it dies beofre he can get it?

Just wondering... :roll:

first-timer89 10-29-2004 04:34 PM

nope... If it dies it will be both of our falts because he helped my with my setup.

MarkW19 10-29-2004 04:52 PM

It's not fair on the fish to cram it into such a small space - tangs need swimming and grazing space.

If you move to the 55gal, it still won't be big enough. And, when you uproot the fish and put it in another tank, it's simply not fair.

Choose another fish - I had to come to terms with this a few weeks ago, after having my heart set on a Regal Tang, my 40gallon simply isn't big enough. You reach a stage in the hobby where you gain a lot of respect for the animals and their environment, more-so than just getting a pretty-looking fish!

Don't do it :)

first-timer89 10-29-2004 04:54 PM

that is what i thought. thanks. this helps me a lot. not being sarcastic :)

austinsdad 10-29-2004 04:56 PM

...and, considering blue tangs can be notorius for being ick magnets, his journey to the 210g could be stressful enough to have something bad happen. Have you thought about a yellow eyed kole tang. Lot smaller.

MarkW19 said what I should have a lot earlier in this thread, but I'm not sure you're willing to listen to that.

Salttanker 10-29-2004 04:57 PM

I agree. It isn't fair to the Tang. In a tank that small, it most likely won't make it due to the amount of stress that will be placed on him. These are open swimmers - The bigger the tank, the better. 4 to 6 foot long tanks minimum IMO.


austinsdad 10-29-2004 04:58 PM

I guess you conceeded before I got my last message off. Good show! And kudos to you for taking the advice.

You're already showing singg of being a good fish keeper! :D :D :D

first-timer89 10-29-2004 05:00 PM

yellow eyed kole tang? is this a good idea and does anyone have any pictures or links?

Salttanker 10-29-2004 05:03 PM

I wound't suggest this one either. Tangs graze on liverock, and need a lot of open space to swim. Sorry man. We just don't want you to make the same mistakes we did when we started. :)


first-timer89 10-29-2004 05:04 PM

thanks. are there any tang like fish because i cannot find any online

austinsdad 10-29-2004 05:04 PM

Rated for a 70g. Maybe someone might offer more input, but I think that's the smallest, cheapest tang going.

I'm out for the weekend. I'll check next week to see what became of this discussion.

Again, good luck.

first-timer89 10-29-2004 05:05 PM

thanks again

Salttanker 10-29-2004 05:09 PM has some nice pics and info on certain fish, and they are broken down into species which makes it easier to select. The Tang family is probably one of the most popular fish in this hobby, and they are beautiful. Maybe some clown fish perhaps, or even a few blue/green Chromis would look nice in there. Other than that, you can check the site above and cruise through the selection.


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