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Harriette - 2009-04-14
I just got my beautiful regal which I have named Betty. She is around 3 inches and cost only

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Grace - 2009-01-28
Also found this sentence from another poster after tons of digging:
The blue tang is of minor commercial fisheries importance, however it is occasionally utilized as a bait fish. The flesh has a strong odor and is not highly prized. This fish may cause ciguatera poisoning if consumed by humans. However, blue tangs are collected commercially for the aquarium trade. An unwary human who tries to handle the blue tang risks the chances of being badly cut by the caudal spine. These spines, on both sides of the caudal peduncle, are extended from the body when the fish becomes excited. The quick, thrashing sideways motion of the tail can produce deep wounds that result in swelling and discoloration, posing a high risk of infection. The pain can last for hours, until eventually subsiding into a dull ache. It is believed that some species of Acanthurus have venom glands while others do not. The spines are used only as a method of protection against aggressors. Having one in an aquarium and cornering it will most likely result in injury.

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Todd - 2009-01-19
I bought a yellow eyed tang for my 220. At first all was well, but then I noticed 2 of my cleaner shrimp were missing their antenae. I hadn't added anything new recently other than the tang. Shortly after I noticed my banded goby and my yellow goby went into hiding. I just figured they were scared of the tang, but then tonight, I saw the yellow eyed tang cornering my lawnmower blennie munching on his side. I broke them up, but as one other said, it's difficult to get him out with a bunch of live rock. I've got a weekend project, and someone is going back to the petstore. It's pretty, but rotten!

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Linda - 2008-10-30
I hope all fishkeepers will not overstock their aquariums thus causing unnecessary stress and deaths of beautiful fishes. Keep in mind that they are cute when small, but will grow large. We all need to be responsible as it is a privilege to have a replica of the living sea in our homes. I have a 90 gallon tank and my hippo tang has been an only child for almost 1 year. I finally decided to add one more fish - a yellow tang (different color/body shape) because tangs can become very aggressive towards their own species. The great news is that they hit it off and are best buddies. My hippo tang has never been happier. They spend the day swimming together and the yellow tang has finally gotten the hippo tang to eat kelp flakes. Go figure!

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Juan - 2008-10-13
I currently have an orange shoulder and a powder blue and asside from the initial introduction they get along just fine. The my orange shoulder is a very confident docile fish.

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MilLKkKEeeE BoOOoO0OIiIi + Da HBOMB PEZ - 2008-10-06
"YO check it, dis site is da BOMB. I'm really feelin it, ya dig? Ever since I learned about da Tang I've been gettin Muh Tango ON." But in all seriousness I'm an aspiring marine biologist who wants to specialize on the Tang, and I am very interested in studying the physiology of the Tang. This site is much appreciated.

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stuart - 2008-07-24
I wonder if you would be able to keep an orange spot together with a powder blue.

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Kristin - 2008-03-04
I bought a Sailfin Tang for an Oceanography Project at school. As I read about this fish being aggressive and grows up to fifteen inches, I am amazed. My fish grew to maybe two inches before it was sadly eaten by a Moon Wrasse. But Bobby[the Sailfin Tang] never was aggressive, it just floated in the back of the aquarium. I assume it was from the Moon Wrasse that caused Bobby to act like that. And Bobby must have been a female since (s)he only grew to two inches.
R.I.P. Bobby![Er ... Bobina?]

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deane - 2007-12-25
A beautiful fish that lives well with my other tangs and koran angel. Grows very fast! and doesn't seem to be prone to marine ich.

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Shelly - 2007-11-14
I love the blue regal tang. I am only in the 6 grade but i'm doing a 'finding nemo' report. I am dory and so far i am loving this report!(=

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