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Tang Aggression - Understanding and Combating

  1. Ryan Souza

    Ryan Souza Member R2R Supporter

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    Thank you, as i shut off the lights everyone went to bed lol, dont see a soul now
     
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  2. 4FordFamily

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    Tangs can and will stab each other when stuff gets serious. It usually heals up well, unless infection sets in. On the other hand, you can come home to a tang that looks like Freddie Krueger found it in a few short hours, especially with acanthurus tangs as the aggressors.
     
  3. Faisal27

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    Never had tang of mine have a gash but the Atlantic blue was on the newcomers so turned out they introduced him to the tank but tougher than u thought .. with tangs if they have a cave at night and are eating and attacking food I feel that’s always a good sign
     
  4. Reef4Rose

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    We have started populating. I have a yellow and purple about the same size’ 3”. The 2 chase and swim together. Sometimes they line up side by side and wiggle their tails rapidly for a second or so. Is this posturing for dominance? Just play? Any thoughts would be great.
     
  5. Faisal27

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    The tails have spines on them( the white lines) they are challenging each other .. tangs do it all the time to establish a pecking order.. just closely monitor them
     
  6. 4FordFamily

    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I agree with the following:

    It can turn ugly but generally if they have been coexisting for 60-90 days or so you’ll be fine.
     
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    Thanks. So I have a couple months possibly of concern. Should I hold off on any more additions until they work it out? Maybe additional members will distract them? My next up would be a Naso and maybe a lieutenant or Sohal.
     
  8. Faisal27

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    With that amount of tangs you need to be very careful on how to play this .. I have 8 tangs in a 500 gallons 10 foot aquarium and that’s without a sohal and I had to sump a few tangs till it actually worked .. it’s a 250 gallon right ? How many tangs total did u decide to go with
     
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    It’s 250. 79 long 31 deep 23 tall. I was going to try for 4 more. Naso, Lieutenant, Powder Blue and Achilles. Introduced as pairs, first 2 in list followed by last 2. This can be revised of course. I have swim room mixed with lots of hiding places. Currently there are a small Scopas, Sailfin, a 4” hippo, 3” yellow and purple. I’d like to at least get the Naso and Achilles or Naso and Powder Blue in.
     
  10. Faisal27

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    Naso and powder blue with the other 5 can work .. Achilles are beautiful but very hard to keep alive .. I’m happy you didn’t include the sohal cause it’s one thing to have a sohal in a tank and another thing to have with 7 other tangs ...just make sure every tang has its own cave to sleep in
     
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    Much appreciated.

    Years ago I had 5 in a 125 and all were happy. I’m more aware of needs now than I was then.

    Input from more experienced certainly helps out. I will pass on the Achilles due to difficulty. My wife likes that one but that’s based on appearance alone.
     
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    Sounds good .. Keep us updated with pictures once there in pls and how they react to one another
     
  13. 4FordFamily

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    I'd add concurrently if you do it, and Sohal is a risk, as mentioned.
     
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  15. Friday24

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    What is the reason people say Achilles are difficult any more so than any other Acanthurus species?
     
  16. 4FordFamily

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    More fragile/less hardy, harder to get eating, need more space, cleaner water, nutrition even more critical
     
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    Here are some pics to bring a smile to a Tang lovers face. While I am still concerned the hippo gets enough to eat as she lays in the rocks mostly. She did and has popped out to get a bite or 2 of seaweed. Not one tail wriggling display between purple and yellow. It’s funny with 2 rocks having seaweed they all eat together at first.

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    Interesting, I always just thought the we’re more susceptible to ich like the powder blues. Clown tangs seem more difficult for me from an eating and aggression standpoint.
     
  19. 4FordFamily

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    They are more susceptible to ich than powder blues but both are pretty tough
     
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    I have a 125 tank, and currently have a chocolate tang (only tang in there) thats been in this tank for 3-4 years. Do you think I could I ad a purple tang?
     
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