Orange ShoulderTang Experts ??

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Hi everyone...
l’ve had this Orange Shoulder Tang for over 2 years. I got him from another hobbyist that was getting out.. he had it for over a year.. my question is will he ever transition to his adult colors? He’s about 6” long.. great fish regardless..
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I think its very dependent on the particular fish and the aggressiveness of its other tank mates. But i have never had one so tagged a tang expert
 
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I do have 5 tangs in my 265 gal SPS tank.. they All get along very peacefully.. the Shoulder, Powder Blue, Kole, Sailfin and a Yellow. They have 15 other tank mates and ( knock on wood) there has never been any aggression among them..
 
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I agree, it’s often based on size, age, and aggression. If you feed heavily it may be growing faster than its juvenile coloration, so to speak. If it’s low on the totem pole, it can take longer to transition fully.

Within the next couple of years I imagine it’ll change. It could happen over the course of 30-90 days or be very slow over that time period.
 
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Thanks for all the information.. I feed heavily because of having 20 fish in the tank. Pbs, thanks for the thread link, it was really interesting..

lm hoping he’s just a late bloomer as I love the adult coloring... if he doesn’t change over I’m still a happy reefer.
 

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I missed the whole juvenile stage as i acquired mine from a local who needed to rehome to a bigger tank.

Beautiful! Sorry I don’t have any input, just thought I’d share my story.
 

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I've seen them at 6" or more still in their juvi form. It now really depends on the tank dynamics, if you have other alpha tangs in the tank, it could still take a while. Even at 6" I've seen it take a few years, up to even 8". I am not really sure that size is the most relevant indicator of maturity, I have also seen them smaller sporting full adult colors.
 
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Wow... until I posted this thread, I had no idea these fish could revert back to their juvenile colors after they change to adult.
 
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