Clarkii vs. Blue Hippo

Foody

New member
I am contemplating adding (at the request of my wife) a Blue Hippo Tang to my tank. I currently have a 55g long tank with (in addition to a slew of invertebrates) a Fire Goby and 2 Clarkiis, one about 2" and the other about 3". The last time I tried to add a fish to my system I only had a 30 gal. I added a bi-colored Angel and the next morning it was dead. Now I didn't actually see him being bullied but I have seen the Clarkiis bully the Goby (couldn't catch him) and a Royal Gramma (fought back after about a minute). Any thoughts? Would I be better off with a smaller Tang or a larger one?
 

EllieSuz

Premium Member
A Hippo needs a much larger tank. You'll have to settle for one of the Bristletooth Tangs such as Yellow Eyed Kole or Tomini. Whether your clowns will be aggressive to any new fish is anybody's guess. The fact that your Angel died the day after you added it may well have been an acclimation problem rather than clown aggression. Or related to recent shipping stress, etc. Be sure with new fish you learn the appropriate acclimation techniques. Have you set up your quarantine tank yet?
 

FSU3NOLES28

New member
I had a hippo with a pair of clarkiis for quite a while in my 55. Never seemed to bother one another. The hippo was bought for me as a present and was very small when I got it. Had him for about a year til my ich breakout.

The idea is to get fish you can plan to keep. I'm working an upgrade in the next little while here but unfortunately the hippo never lived to see his permanent tank.

Don't go out and get a tang that can grow really big if you aren't going to have a large enough tank for him/her. IF you have a 55 now that's okay for a baby, but only if you plan to get a tank of adequate size in the next year or so.

Your question will answer itself if you do keep the hippo in there too long. Small tank like that, with a good sized tang will cause fish to fight for space. End won't be pretty.
 

Foody

New member
My wife came home today and said, "I know where we can put a 125gal tank!" *amazed look on my face* What? She says, "I went to bed thinking I don't want to have to give my fish away once I get him." So apparently a 125 is in our future. GOD is so good to me!
 

Foody

New member
I guess I left out a small detail in my original post. Once my wife found out I was going from the 30 to the 55, the first words out of her mouth were, "I want one of those 'Dori' fish from Finding Nemo movie. You always get what you want. It's my turn." Thus the desire to have a Blue Hippo Tang. She's already figured out where to move everything around so make the larger tank fit in the house.
 

Foody

New member
Here is a pic of one of my Clarkii's. He has taken to hosting with my clam now.

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EllieSuz

Premium Member
You're a lucky man to have a spouse that goes along with your hobby. My hubby tolerates the tank and will stop and speak to the fish now and then because he had a hand in naming them, but that's the extent of his interest. I don't care much for drag racing, so we each just do our own thing.
 

magdelan

Fish?
I would give (almost) anything for my wife to care even the tiniest bit for my tank. I have gone from a 180 to a 120 to a 5g. I am envious of anyone who has a spouse who is interested in reef aquaria.
 
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