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Tanya Severson - 2012-04-21
I have a pacific sailfin tang. It kept hitting itself into its tank wall. It was in a 55 gallon tank with a tiger queen anthias a triblal blenny a cleaner wrasse a royal gramma a yashia gobye a coral beauty angel a sunrise dotty a pistol shrimp and a cleaner shirmp and a black cucumber.
Why does the sailfin tang slam itself into the tank wall?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-21
    Tangs get stressed very easy. Anything new in the tank or environment that could be stressing him. Maybe turn the lights out and let it relax. check your water levels as well.
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Andrew - 2012-04-21
Probably one of the hardiest anemone fish I ever had. Will tolerate high nutrient water; but that does not mean it is happy living in filth. Somewhat aggressive fish. If you are planning to add new fishes to your tank, be prepared for it to get chased. Otherwise, try to put this fish last on your list. SOME Cinnamon clown loves to dig, so people with DSB, be prepared!

Great fish for a beginner and does not require anemone to survive.

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Andrew - 2012-04-21
One of my favorite fish in the marine world. Beautiful and venomous! This fish needs a large tank no smaller than 65 gal. Once acclimated and feeding, this fish will get bold and hardy. Try to introduce it to eat Freshwater Ghost shrimp and slowly move on to chopped market prawn, fish meat etc. Long term feeding of freshwater feeders is not good for any saltwater fish due to its nutrition. Moderately peaceful fish but will swallow any fish that could fit into their mouth.

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Andrew - 2012-04-20
A beautiful fish with lots of personality. Got mine three months ago and it's now the king of the tank. If you are getting one of this, please be aware that it likes to nip and chase away your new or current fishes. Will not disturb corals but will move small rocks/pebbles; so a very stable rock work is necessary. Try not to keep any type of inverts with any triggers.

Overall, a hardy fish for beginners and a beautiful addition to a FO or FOWLR aquarium.

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Sean - 2006-01-28
I have had a naso tang for 2-3 mounths in a six foot tank. It's doing excellent and this tang has become very well tamed and I can put my hand in a stroke it. The colors are beautiful. Also kept with xl ocean tang, maroon clown, 3 yellow tail damsels, male square anthius, elbi angel, snowflake moray and a zebra moray. All the fish get on perfectly well. Does tend to fade in color at night. Kept at temperatures of 75-78 degrees. All levels of tests are fine except nitrate, which is bit high. Sump has live rock and biorbs. The naso tends to like fast flowing water in the tank. I got that through a tunze streamline 6080 which does a brilliant job.

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Nigel Rigby - 2006-04-18
I bought an Indian Yellow Tail or 'Cream' Angelfish 8 weeks ago and I have to say he is a real charachter. He feeds on most things - vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, together with most types of prepared sea weeds. 'He' also grazes constantly off algae in my mini reef.

One word of caution - he thinks he owns the tank!! he tolerates my pair of true percula anemonoefish (in the tank before him), but 'bullies' my purple fire fish and vermiculated leopard wrasse (added after).

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mzinn - 2003-08-04
I currently have 12" Fimbriated Moray living in a reef tank. I have been very lucky to not have any major incidents.

Make sure you have proper hiding places in at least 2 in different parts of the tank.

Fish in my tank include: Sohal/Yellow/Kole/Naso Tangs, Cherry Grouper, Green Bird Wrasse, Speckled Hawkfish.

Also, the eel loves the cleaner shrimp station. Lets him go all over and inside his mouth.

I have only had him for a short time, but so far so good.

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Bambi Ghys - 2011-03-04
Nurse sharks are not good for home aquariums. A Federal Permit IS required to collect them and have to be sold to a licensed wholesale facility. State waters there is a 54" size limit (in Florida). Then sold Pet Stores. It is a myth the fish only grows to the size of the tank.

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  • Bambi Ghys - 2011-05-11
    We are working on keeping Nurse Sharks OUT of Pet Stores. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/not-just-a-fish/
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stalter - 2004-06-16
This shark is a good shark to keep although it needs a very large aquarium. At full size this shark needs 58-68F water as it will only live 2 years in warm water (ie. 80F)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    This guy doesn't just need a good size aquarium = he needs at least a 400 gallon aquarium just for himself. It is a large investment and undertaking for a novice.
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Anonymous - 2009-12-06
I have had a Flagfin Angelfish for about a year now in a 70 gallon FOWLR; no problems whatsoever. Took live foods to get him to eat and eventually got him to eat frozen and now eats all food types even pellets. Very friendly fish and is always out swimming in the open.

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