Animal Stories - Surgeonfish


Animal-World info on Sailfin Tang
Animal Story on Sailfin Tang
List Animal Stories on Sailfin Tang
More info at Animal-World
Luis Ruiz - 2012-03-28
I have a 65 gal. tank and I'm introduce a juvenile Sailfin tang recently and a have to deal with a Coral Beauty harass him every 5 or 10 minutes. What can I do?

Click For Replies (2)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-29
    Re-arrange the tank. That will sometimes distract the fish to find their new favorite spots and forget about the new guy.
  • Leah Stewart - 2014-10-06
    So i have found it best to do two things when ever i add a new fish. One i definately rearrange or add one or two things, try not to make one fish the only new thing in the tank. Then i always feed my tank  personaly a little heavier then normal this one feeding.) Its kind of a distraction and a reassurance the new fish will not affect their food. Ive had alot of success this way in many types of fish, in all water spectrums.
Reply
Animal-World info on Yellow Tang
Animal Story on Yellow Tang
List Animal Stories on Yellow Tang
More info at Animal-World
Jaival Parikh - 2013-01-26
Hello Can i keep 8-10 yellow tang together in same tank, my stocking list plan is as follows 8-10 yellow tang 8-10 bangai cardinal 2 percula Clean up crew That should be it. Tank size is 7ftX3ftX2.5ft with a 5X2X2 feet sump Thanks

Click For Replies (3)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-26
    8-10 tangs alone need a much bigger tank.  They need plenty of places to bed down at night to sleep.  I would get a much bigger tnak or cut down to 2 tangs.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-15
    good luck with that
  • Daniel Bleier - 2014-08-01
    8-10 tangs would be far too many in a tank that size. My tank is 7'x2'x2' and I house 1 yellow, 1 purple, and 1scopas tang and trust me that is the limit. They have been ok for 3 years now but still show aggression at least twice a week.
Reply
Animal-World info on Desjardin's Sailfin
Animal Story on Desjardin's Sailfin
List Animal Stories on Desjardin's Sailfin
More info at Animal-World
Anonymous - 2007-03-29
Great Fish ! I had one for 13 yrs in first a 180 than 300. He was about 7 inches across! I was pretty sad when it died a few weeks ago. I now have a little juvenile in quarantine that I hope will live even longer than my original!

Click For Replies (1)
  • Shane - 2014-03-27
    Did you ever have problems with them cutting their lips on the love rock in your tank? I think that's what got her cut up at least. Her upper lip skin is flapping with her 'breaths' and I just got her like 2 weeks ago.
Reply
Animal-World info on Twotone Tang
Animal Story on Twotone Tang
List Animal Stories on Twotone Tang
More info at Animal-World
Michel Beaulieu - 2014-03-24
My scopa just died. Had it for about 1 week. He was ok but never ate. Yesterday when I closed the light, I noticed my sailfin tang was constantly attacking him once the lights were closed. I can't say if it was a first but I'm guessing he didn't like to share 74g with him. Ah well, I'll have to be careful what fish I get with the sailfin unless it was just random behavior.

Reply
Animal-World info on Blue Tang
Animal Story on Blue Tang
List Animal Stories on Blue Tang
More info at Animal-World
aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
What fish go good with a Blue Tang?

Click For Replies (3)
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-17
    Okay thanks. What size tank would you need for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-09
    Actually, most, if not all surgeonfish are very territorial and will not tolerate other tangs of any kind in the aquarium. Be careful and read about each one! They are generally peaceful with all kinds of OTHER fish since they are herbivores. Clownfish, lionfish, eels, gobies, blennies, angelfish, butterflyfish, etc. etc. Because of the adult size of these fish, a minimum of 75 gallons is recommended for keeping just one, 100 or more gallons would house 2 of them but it is highly unlikely they would get along.
  • James - 2014-03-03
    I've had a Blue Tang (Regal Tang) for several months now living with 2 clown fish, a Kole Tang, and Royal Gramma. There is no aggression amongst any of my fish and they all hang close together. I can see if the hippo has lived in the tank for awhile and you introduce another fish, that could lead to a territorial issue as with all fish. Add the Hippo last and he will be bullied for a couple hours at best and does just fine thereafter. Also introducing fish while the lights off increases the chance for a more peaceful transition.
Reply
Animal-World info on Orangespot Surgeonfish
Animal Story on Orangespot Surgeonfish
List Animal Stories on Orangespot Surgeonfish
More info at Animal-World
BARRY GALLIVAN - 2006-01-29
I have a beautiful tang! It skims bubbles off the surface and passes them through his gills. He is kept and has been kept with a sailfin tang in my 135 gal for two years now. He is my favorite fish!

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-22
    I bet he's a great fish to keep. I haven't kept this particular Tang, but surgeonfish in general are some of my very favorites. I have a Bristletooth Tomini Tang (Ctenochaetus tominiensis) and he's awesome:)
Reply
Animal-World info on Yellow Tang
Animal Story on Yellow Tang
List Animal Stories on Yellow Tang
More info at Animal-World
Anonymous - 2013-04-17
It's cruel to keep a Yellow tang in a system less than a 1000 liters.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Especially for their long term environment! Juveniles can be kept in a smaller tank, but eventually they will need adequate space.
Reply
Animal-World info on Powder Blue Tang
Animal Story on Powder Blue Tang
List Animal Stories on Powder Blue Tang
More info at Animal-World
Stephen D. - 2009-05-22
There are a lot of various opinions concerning the powder blue tang (PBT) and its ease of care in a captive enviroment. The overall concensus is that it is a difficult fish to care for, and with that said I would never put too much stake into any one online opinion. Just gather a general consensus from numerous sources and you should end up with some reliable information. This isn't always an exact science like some may have you believe. There are many ways to "skin" this cat!

If your PBT does not have marine crypto at the time of purchase than you have an exceptional specimen and unforunately not the normal scenario. If your fish(es) do get marine crypto it is easily treatable and under normal circumstances if your fish are heathly they can resist the parasite for some time if not permanently. Tank size has absolutely nothing to do with the presence of marine crypto, you either have it in your tank or you don't. Research the life cycle and you will began to understand your opponent better. Research suggests that if the parasite persists long enough in a captive enviroment beyond the time frame of 1.5-2 years it begins to weaken and the fish can more easily fight it off. This is only one school of thought though. Your best and only sure shot way of curing ick and not killing this sensitive fish along with others is via hyposalinity, which is the process of slowly lowering your Specific Gravity/Salinity to 1.009 to basically sufficate/prevent osmosis of the parasite within its cyst/encrusted covering during one of its life cycles which happens to be the only visible stage to the naked (human) eye.

DO NOT ATTEMPT hyposalinity without first purchasing a refractometer and doing a healthy amount of research into the correct procedures. This is a long and patient process (4-6 weeks) so you need to be patient and also know what you are doing as with the lowered salinity comes problems of buffering PH levels and increased water changes (often times daily) due to decreased protein skimmer effiencey! DO NOT lower the salinity in only 48 hours like some suggest, DO IT over the course of four or five days min.

Another thing, please don't believe garlic additives will cure or prevent any marine disease or parasite, why do think SeaChem labels garlic guard as ONLY a food attractant?!? It is not officially proven to do anything else and I have had extensive experience with it myself with no definitive results that suggests otherwise.

The person who suggested the 6 foot long tank is not far from the truth, that is typically a 125 gallon tank but a 5 foot long 110 gallon could work if the tank is not overcrowed with fish and decor. This is a very active fish and it needs to be allowed the room to move about, length is more essential here rather than tank height and width respectively. Dried or fresh algaes are a must for any tang in concerns to long term health and vitality.

What about lettuce, vegs? Call me a naturalist, but the last time I was at the ocean I never saw a head of lettuce floating by or brocoli for that matter. I strongly suggest you stick with fresh sea algaes or in the sheet forms from a good (expensive) brand too (i.e. Two little fishes (Julian Sprung's), Omega One, etc.) and also supplement with a vitamin additive such as Boyd's VitaChem or the like in both it's food (flake, brine, pellets, etc.) and also on a weekly basis directly into the water as indicated on the bottle.

U.V. sterilizers (Good ones, not cheap crap!) are not a perk here, they should be considered a must as well as some cleaners if your tankmates allow it, get a cleaner shrimp and/or some neon cleaner gobies. Many believe that these fish/shrimp do not remove the crypto or parasites from the fish's slime coat as it is perceived to be too far embedded but they are obviously picking at something are they not? It is a good idea to have at least one if possible and they costs very little <$20-$30 max for most areas.

Sounds like a lot of work and money huh!? Now you are starting to get the picture of what a difficult level of care this fish requires. Those with easy success are not the norm, they are just plain lucky to have received a very hardy individual fish when it comes to powder blue tangs, brace for an uphill battle and breath easy if you are one of the lucky ones!

My last suggestion is that you should likely only purchase this fish via an online dealer that has a 14-15 day gurantee that is actually applied to this species b/c in all reality you may lose one or two specimens due to poor handling procedures and their difficulty during the acclimation process. It is also believed that the hardier PBT's are collected more closely off of or from the coast of Africa rather than their more vulnerable cousins from the indo-pacific ocean region. I strongly suggest buying a larger sized fish in the 4-6+ inches range as they tend to acclimate much easier than those in the 3 or less inches range. The value is in their survivability which will more than justify the increased costs of the $30-$40 typical increase. You can expect to pay anywhere from $29.99-$99.00 or slightly more if show size, for most PBT's and it all depends on the ocean of origin and the size of the fish. To back up what I have said, search through various online retailors that extend their full 14-15 day gurantee on Powder Blue Tangs. You will find most of these on their restricted species lists, that only will gurantee live delivery and nothing more at the best. There are only a couple that will give you the full 14-15 day gurantee...does that not tell you something about this fish? Good luck, to you and the fish.

Reply
Animal-World info on Purple Tang
Animal Story on Purple Tang
List Animal Stories on Purple Tang
More info at Animal-World
CheMiKalZ - 2006-05-07
I have a young purple tang 1 1/2 inch side to side and he started getting ick. I raised my temperature, loweredd my salinity, and closed my light for 24 hours and now hes perfect. hes there for 2 weeks and has a so beautiful color :)

Reply
Animal-World info on Sohal Tang
Animal Story on Sohal Tang
List Animal Stories on Sohal Tang
More info at Animal-World
hongt713 - 2008-11-25
My sohal tang is about 6-7". I put it in the tank. It was fine for about a month then I added a king angel, french angel, blueface angel and rock beauty angel. The sohal tang went nuts and started attacking all the angels and my other tangs that were in the tank with him previously. So I had to take him out and put it in my QT.

Reply

About Animal-World

Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.

Visit Animal-World