Good tang

Joe0813

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Hey everyone I just had a question about tangs.... my tank is almost up and ready to be cycled i just need to buy a few more little things. ive really taken my time with this since money was a issue with the car mechanic business really struggling lately. so i have a 75 gallon reef ready, mp40, aquaticlife t5 6bulb with 4 moonlights, reef octopus 1000sss, and a mag7 in a proflex model 3 sump. Im new to saltwater tanks and im planning on having a reef tank. So i havent really started looking for fish but i do know i want a pair of clowns and thats basically it so fair :hmm3: I know i want a tang but i dont know what would be a good tang for that size tank and a easy tang for a beginner like myself if there even is a easy to care for tang. Im open to all suggestions and even maybe a fish list if someone has some ideas. Thanks for looking.....
Joe
 

scarface70706

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well most people on here would say no tang should be in a tank shorter then 6 foot in length because they are swimmers and will get stressed if they dont have enough room to swim. but i disagree in "some" cases. if you have really good water circulation in the tank a tang will have to swim harder which is good since they love to swim like crazy. if you have a mp40 i would get a second one to help the tang out since a 75 gallon tank is considered small for a tang. i would say if any tang i would go with a yellow or purple tang. i have 2 tangs (yellow and blue) in my 90 gal. tank but i know sooner or later a year or so i will have to give away my blue tang since i know they get really big. im sure the tang police will chime in here any time now :)
 
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Joe0813

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ya i read that post about the tank sizes but i still dont know what would be a good tang for someone like me who is just starting out. and i would agree with the water circulation comment to by the way. because it does make sense. i might pick up a mp10 to for the other side of my tank.
 

EllieSuz

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There are two breeds of Tangs that are suitable for smaller tanks, including your 75. They are the Kole and the Tomini. I recently added a Tomini to my four foot tank and he's doing very well, after six weeks in quarantine. Tangs require some special care and knowledge and I would not add a Tang to a new tank, no matter what size it is. Your Clowns will be hardy starter fish and I would add them first. Even after a carefully cycled tank, there can be fish losses due to something we occasionally call "new tank syndrome". Add new fish very slowly and wait on a Tang addition for at least six months.
 

Joe0813

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There are two breeds of Tangs that are suitable for smaller tanks, including your 75. They are the Kole and the Tomini. I recently added a Tomini to my four foot tank and he's doing very well, after six weeks in quarantine. Tangs require some special care and knowledge and I would not add a Tang to a new tank, no matter what size it is. Your Clowns will be hardy starter fish and I would add them first. Even after a carefully cycled tank, there can be fish losses due to something we occasionally call "new tank syndrome". Add new fish very slowly and wait on a Tang addition for at least six months.

Ya I know about nts. I'm not in any rush to put the tang in so I will wait like you said. It will also give me more time to learn how to properly test the water and everything else.
 

Joe0813

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i was looking around on the internet for tangs.... some of the the tank sizes on this website differ alot then what is on our tank sizes for tangs. i trust r/c over this but heres the link if anyone wants to check it out. [sorry: link to other reef site not allowed.]
 
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ovrboost

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Does price matter to you? I like the purple tangs, but they are more pricey than if you get a blue or yellow. As far as tank size like i kinda agree with what scarface is saying. the circulation will make the tang swim harder. I'm no expert, just an opinion.
 

Reefing Newbie

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I think a tomini or yellow eye kole tang would be good choices. I noticed that you would like some other fish suggestions so I will give you some ideas for other fish. I personally like fairy or flashed wrasse are good choices, I also like watchman gobies paired with a pistol shrimp. One other suggestion would be a royal gramma. To get more ideas you should check out liveaquaria.com. The tank sizes listed are one of the most responsible given by retailers.
 

Joe0813

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Does price matter to you? I like the purple tangs, but they are more pricey than if you get a blue or yellow. As far as tank size like i kinda agree with what scarface is saying. the circulation will make the tang swim harder. I'm no expert, just an opinion.

No price isnt really a problem because im taking my time with everrrrything so im saving up for the equipment i really want, fish and inverts that i want and so on.


I think a tomini or yellow eye kole tang would be good choices. I noticed that you would like some other fish suggestions so I will give you some ideas for other fish. I personally like fairy or flashed wrasse are good choices, I also like watchman gobies paired with a pistol shrimp. One other suggestion would be a royal gramma. To get more ideas you should check out liveaquaria.com. The tank sizes listed are one of the most responsible given by retailers.

ya i was looking at the tomini tang over the kole for now.... ya i like gobies too. i will check out liveaquaria to for other ideas on fish selection
 

scarface70706

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+1 on all the tangs stated so far. they are all very beautiful fish. i just wish they didnt get stressed out so easily... does anyone know why tangs get so stressed so easily.
 

jayinh

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kole tang, great fish and swims alot. wait till the tank is a few months old if you can. mine eats nori like its free.

i see you are from boston, are you on BRS forum too?
 

Joe0813

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kole tang, great fish and swims alot. wait till the tank is a few months old if you can. mine eats nori like its free.

i see you are from boston, are you on BRS forum too?

Ya Iam from Boston... I'm on bostonreefers.org.

Thanks by the way to everyone who replied
 

Gill_bucket

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I really liked my kole tang. When you look closely at them they actually have this amazing blue pinstripeing/patterning. IME they are less shy as well which is a big bonus IMO. Additionally you would be able to keep one in a 75 with out having to prey about a later upgrade. :)
 

Gill_bucket

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Here are a couple pics of my kole... I miss this fish :(

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