Achilles/powder blue/brown tang swimming area

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I have a peninsula(kind of) which has a dimension of 60“x30” The idea is having a rock island in the middle and a circle around it. I wonder if a pbt or an achilles can be kept long term here. The tank is 1,5years old
 
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I think the powder brown would be okay. I wouldn't do the Achilles. Sohal needs sooo much room. They get huge and are bullies in 1000 gallon systems.

I kept a powder brown for a while in my 6' 125. It wasn't big enough, as you could see the 'pacing' behavior. But my tank is narrow and has a rock wall in the back.

Instead of an island in the middle, see if you can set up 2 islands with a figure 8 type setup.
 

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I’ve been dreaming for an Achilles or sohal but I don’t have a 300 gal fowlr for a sohal
You need to put the needs of the animal ahead of your wants. A five foot tank just isn’t big enough for tangs that get to be 10+”. I would think that tangs that max out at 7-8” would be okay, but any larger and it’s going to have health consequences for the tang and will ruin the sense of scale of the tank (having a large fish that only has a few body lengths to swim just pulls all the focus and makes the tank look small).
 

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Achilles are super problematic, not just in swimming space needs. I avoid them at all times. Both species need to be fully quarantined for ich since they are so susceptible to it.

Here is an article I wrote on swimming needs of fish. It tries to make the question more objective. Still, it isn't set in stone, there are still some subjective measures in the process:



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Youre not going to get the answer you want here. Could you do it, yeah probably. Should you do it, no.

If you do it anyway make sure you have a big power head pointed down the length of the tank so he can use it as a treadmill for exersize.

You need to put the needs of the animal ahead of your wants. A five foot tank just isn’t big enough for tangs that get to be 10+”. I would think that tangs that max out at 7-8” would be okay, but any larger and it’s going to have health consequences for the tang and will ruin the sense of scale of the tank (having a large fish that only has a few body lengths to swim just pulls all the focus and makes the tank look small).
Not gonna add an achilles here. Maybe a powder brown and try for a gem tang or a adult mimic tang
 
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OK, i‘ve decided to cross Achilles out of the list. May a powder brown work ?
It might but personally I’d try aim for 6’ of tank length for them. The Gold Rim would probably be best and is still in the complex of the “Powder Tangs”.
 

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I haven’t seen gold rim here for a while unfortunately but I will try to find one
Personally I find them to look nicer than both the PBTs. So if you could find one I reckon it would be a stunning fish to have.
 
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