Powder Brown and Powder Blue….mistake?

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Being newish to saltwater, I’m thinking we’ve made a mistake by not doing enough research prior to getting these fish. 100% our fault and we’re definitely doing more research now before jumping the gun to any new additions from now. We recently upgraded our tank to a 210 gallon. It’s currently stocked with a yellow tang, powder brown, and a single clownfish (it’s partner died). The yellow and powder brown are pretty harmonious right now.

We are currently quarantining the next batch of fish to add. There’s 4 Bangaii Cardinals, a yellow belly hippo, one spot foxface, and a powder blue tang. They too are all getting along perfectly well.

All the fish minus the yellow tang are juveniles. After doing more research, admittedly after the fact, I’ve learned that powder browns/blues can be quite aggressive. What is the chance that we could get them to coexist in the tank? I know anything can change and that just because everyone is currently fine doesn’t mean it always is. But if it’s extremely likely for them to kill each other, I’d much rather just not even risk it. We would provide multiple algae feeding spots within the tank to attempt to alleviate a “turf war”. Between the 2, my husband would rather keep the powder blue, which means trying to catch the brown in the 210 if one needed to go.

What would you do? Try and see if it works? Or go ahead and remove the powder brown? Thanks for any advice!
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I had a powder blue and brown in my 400 and the only issue I had is they are ick magnets, as soon as they started picking on each other and ick outbreak will happen. I would be concerned with all the tangs you have that aggress Amongst your tangs will stress them out especially if your regal was like mine. She was 19” and the boss of my tank.
 

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I was in your situation a few months back stocking a 350g. I opted to only keep the powder blue though based on research and experience from others.
 

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I would attempt both if it were me. Remove the powder brown for a few weeks if you can, then add that and the powder blue at the same time to the tank. They are both gorgeous fish. Lots of nori, rearrange the rockscape, and add them in the dark. Hopefully it works, if not net out whoever is hiding in the corner in the morning. Taping a mirror to the side of the tank always helped with my tangs as well.
 
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Definitely do the acclimation box. I would give the PBT the upper hand and let it get established, while the PBrT remains in the box for a week to 10-days. Place a mirror against one side about 1/3 up from the bottom before you release the PBrT. That may give it someone else to annoy besides chasing the blue.

And finally, don't kick yourself so hard over the research. You invested in the tank to support tangs. There are no guarantees when it comes to a community of saltwater fish. It could be a stoopid clown that upsets the balance in your tank. Tangs are tricky, tangs are unpredictable, just try not to disturb anything once you do achieve a quiet neighborhood.

Good luck!
 

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In my opinion, it is not a good idea to put the fish in small boxes, this brings stress especially if it is a powder blue surgeon. These subjects are quite susceptible to Cryptocarion, so do not try to stress them, neither to Pbrwn, so the best thing you could do is try to move your aquascape as much as you can, and place a division with enough space for the new fish, this will give you more space and safety between the rocks and the other fish will be able to observe it but without interacting with it, prepare with a lot of food for the new fish in quarantine, a well fed fish is a happy and resistant fish, which could better fight any disease if it is If he gets to present it, make sure you also have enough water circulation in the quarantine tank for the powder blue, the Acanthurus surgeons need it, and so do the surgeons and angels in fact, good luck.
 

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If you go for it, make sure you have a good plan to remove one if needed. I didn’t attempt because I know any fish that goes into my tank will not be possible to remove without a tear down which I don’t have the energy for.
 

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If the bullying is extreme, you can always do the mirror trick. Put a mirror on one side of the tank and that'll keep the bully tang busy attacking its own reflection. And since you do qurantine, that's even better.
 

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You will very likely have trouble with the two powders. The brown is likely the more docile one. Had one of these thrashed by my yellow tang. I'd probably keep the brown as its likely less of a trouble maker and rehome the blue.
 

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So what happened?
Doesn’t hurt to put a uv sterilizer to help keep ich down. In my tank, new tangs sometimes get that black spot turbellaria. I usually freshwater dip if bad, then it goes away. I think a lot of tangs come with this and fish stores have it in their system due to tangs constantly coming and going.
 

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Being newish to saltwater, I’m thinking we’ve made a mistake by not doing enough research prior to getting these fish. 100% our fault and we’re definitely doing more research now before jumping the gun to any new additions from now. We recently upgraded our tank to a 210 gallon. It’s currently stocked with a yellow tang, powder brown, and a single clownfish (it’s partner died). The yellow and powder brown are pretty harmonious right now.

We are currently quarantining the next batch of fish to add. There’s 4 Bangaii Cardinals, a yellow belly hippo, one spot foxface, and a powder blue tang. They too are all getting along perfectly well.

All the fish minus the yellow tang are juveniles. After doing more research, admittedly after the fact, I’ve learned that powder browns/blues can be quite aggressive. What is the chance that we could get them to coexist in the tank? I know anything can change and that just because everyone is currently fine doesn’t mean it always is. But if it’s extremely likely for them to kill each other, I’d much rather just not even risk it. We would provide multiple algae feeding spots within the tank to attempt to alleviate a “turf war”. Between the 2, my husband would rather keep the powder blue, which means trying to catch the brown in the 210 if one needed to go.

What would you do? Try and see if it works? Or go ahead and remove the powder brown? Thanks for any advice!
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Beautiful powder brown.
 
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