Help me decide.. yellow or purple tang

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  1. Yellow

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  1. Bthomas

    Bthomas Active Member

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    I had my mind set on yellow tang but since i also planned on adding a foxface and I want a mixture of colors, i didn't want to add two big yellow fish.
    So my options are purple tang instead of yellow or magnificent foxface instead of regular

    Opinions?
    Are purples more aggressive or any different in any way then yellows?

    Here is the full list of planned inhabitants
    2 clowns
    Goby/pistol shrimp pair (not sure what kind of goby yet)
    Diamond goby
    Royal gramma
    Midas blenny
    Group of dispar anthias
    Flame angel
    Foxface
    Blue throat trigger
    Yellow or purple tang
    Kole tang
    Powder blue tang
     
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  2. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Yellow tangs are too plain IMO, purple is the way to go! ;)

    Purple's and Yellow's have very similar behaviors and both can be aggressive, I would add whichever one you choose to go with towards the end.
     
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    redfishbluefish Stay Positive, Stay Productive Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

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    Too much yellow already in the tank.....go purple!
     
  4. Bthomas

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    But i could get a magnificent foxface instead of the yellow one and not have so much yellow.. lol
     
  5. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Still too much yellow haha
     
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    I just loved the bright yellow color of the yellow tang lol. That has always been one of my must have fish but then i started rethinking because i wanted a mixture of colors and now I can't decide
     
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    I have the mag foxface and love him. subtle color with the streaks of yellow and orange but not to much. I have had a purple tang before in a lightly stocked 220 and he was aggressive but one fish cant speak for them all.
     
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    Purple I love mine. He eats out of my hand.
     
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  9. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Get what you really want, I'm just messing around haha

    Any of the fish in question are really beautiful and do pretty well in a reef aquarium :)
     
  10. Bthomas

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    That's the problem I can't decide lol
     
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    I think generally the purple is a tad more aggressive than the yellow - though individual temperaments do vary.
     
  12. Bthomas

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    My local fish store had 2 purple tangs. One juvi that was beautiful and a larger one that was a little more dull and darker colored. Do they get real dark purple as they age? It seemed to have lost some of the stripiness that the younger one had.
    Anyone have pics of they larger purple tangs?
     
  13. Whysosalty

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    I personally love the purple tang. It swims freely and elegantly, it constantly eats algae but that fish is mean as heck, it bullies my Harlequin Tusk and it was the last fish I put in the tank!
     
  14. mdbannister

    mdbannister Ahh...the Reef Life Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    PURPLE!!! (btw, I added a poll to the thread for you :D)
     
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    Thanks :) although I can't see the pole from the tapatalk app on my phone lol

    Does anyone else have experience with the purple being aggressive? It will be going in with a powder blue
     
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    Yeah, but have you checked out the mobile version of the site? Log in from your phone's web browser (you might never use TT again Haha)

    My purple was a model citizen. I'd be more worried about the PBT than the purple.
     
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    I voted purple tang but I'm a little biased....lol
     
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    So does the purple tend to darken up to the point where it loses that pretty purple color that it has as a juvi?
     
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    I have both, I would get both
     
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