True or False: All tangs (surgeonfish) need at least a 6ft tank to thrive.

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  1. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member Article Contributor

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    True or False: All tangs (surgeonfish) need at least a 6ft tank to thrive.

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    ingtar_shinowa Well-Known Member

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    Mostly true. I think a few bristletooth tangs are happy in 75-90g four foot tanks.
     
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    I concur...exactly what I was going to post :)
     
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    I have a 4x2x2 and my Achilles seems happy. No ich, and eating
    Maybe decent volume makes them happy?
     
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    I think Rev means grown up tangs as well.
     
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    I would say the larger the better. I know after seeing tangs in the wild, you learn and respect these amimals so much more.
     
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    FALSE

    I say it depends on the entire footprint.

    A 6ft tank could be a 72x18" 125g "dog run" with a rock wall in the back hardly giving the fish enough room to turn around..

    ...Personally I think my tangs are happier in my 60x36 250g tank with open rock work and room to cruise around the perimeter without ever stopping to turn around.
     
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    feh Well-Known Member

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    I think I'll avoid this one like the plague.
     
  9. DOI

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    Severely False.
     
  10. jdaven22

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    I have read on this topic until I am brain dead. I know that it isn't responsible to house a tang (in my case yellow, because it is my favorite fish) in a smaller tank.

    I do not plan on getting a tang until I get a large enough tank that I believe it will be ethical and non-stressful towards the fish. I have seen many people house tangs in tanks my size with the same swimming room and seem to have healthy, thriving tanks and fish.

    However, to play the Devil's advocate; here is an interesting read from Coral Magazine on this particular subject.

    Arrested by the Tang Police: I Refuse to Confess! | Coral Magazine
     
  11. wysiwyg

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    i agree/disagree i have a 60x30x30 tank and my yellow tang is very healthy and very comfortable like WesF said it depends on your footprint
     
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    i have 4 tangs in a 4ft tank... oops.. realistically tho the convict tang could be removed.. he's a trouble maker..



    tank is 48x36x24.
     
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    My lfs owner has kept a fat healthy looking tiny little tang in his 12g nano for over a year now... I have complained about it like 4 times and finally let it go after the 2nd month... now, a year later.. that same yellow tang is still fat, little and seems happy...


    All my instincts say it's wrong to do this... but all rules can be broken.
     
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    My tomini is extremely content in my 40"x26"x21" tank, with minimal rock and tons of swimming room.
     
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    Did the tang grow much in size over that year? In my readings, a guy mentioned a supposed marine biologist that said that yellow tangs, in particular, will mature smaller in smaller aquariums. Never read anything proving or disproving this, but it is an interesting tidbit.




     
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    I am going to say False on this one and leave it at that...

    I think this topic ends up starting flaming wars as there is evidence to prove both sides but some of it is species specific. There are too many variables and all I need to say is Thank God the tang police are not so powerful on R2R as another site I will not mention (or post in often). Over there they get verbally abusive and very confrontational even with newbies asking questions if their tank is OK.
     
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    I have a 12 year old (I have had it for 12 years) yellow tang that has grown up in a 65g tank and is currently 4" so there may be some truth to that
     
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    I am going to be the black sheep here and say, "it depends on the size of the fish." I had a yellow tang in a 60gal reef. He was the size of a half dollar, when I felt he was outgrowing the tank, I re-homed him. I have also done this with convict and hippos. The fish thrived in the enviroment I provided for him. So, yeah...depends on the size of the fish.
     
  19. prsnlty

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    My daughter has a 30g hex with a very tiny yellow tang the size of a silver dollar. Only 2 small firefish and a small clown (per other fish) to keep him company. He has been in there for about 18 months and is doing very well. There is only a sand bed and a small pile of LR taking up space and has room to roam. IF he does get too large or looking cramped he will re-home to my 125g.

    So I feel like if he is very small and seems happy with his home, why not? Just be sure if you attempt it that you do have a place to re-home him in if things change/ gets too big.
     
  20. Knight_Fall

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    i have to agree. it depends on the size of the tang.
     

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