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Andres - 2008-09-26
I have one for two month a juvenile, probably 4 inches long. It is great addition so far, it helps control my alge and I feeds well from flakes and marine algae that I buy from my LFS. I keep him in a 55 gallon tank with 2 Yellowtail damsels a Ocellaris Clownfish and a Coral Beauty. All get along well but occasionally they pick at each other especially at dawn when they retreat to their caves. Between the 2 Yellowtails there is more conflict at times, but they also swim together when they are in a good mood. My tang seems happy but when I get near he retreats to the live rock, he is shy...

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  • fish - 2011-11-07
    WTH that fish has the potiental to grow to 10 inches in caprtivity and needs a LOT of swimming space. I reccomend 140 MINIMUM you better plan on upgrading soon.
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pat - 2009-12-14
The Orange Shoulder is a great addition to a fish only or reef tank. This is my second one (sold a previous one when I moved and couldnt take along my 120 gallon)and both have had the same great personality traits. They are inquisitive and intellegent; will eat from your hand and actually recognize you. I've had guests at the house and the tang was apprehensive in coming out from his rock work because he didn't 'recognize' the new face in his world. They will stay in or circle the end of the tank that you may be sitting at (surely waiting for some little 'treat' from you). I haven't found them to be aggressive to any other fish or tang for that matter, even though e is the biggest in the tank (approximately 6"). He will ocassionally 'spread his fins' as he passes others at times, but hasn't used his tail agressively with any other inhabitants. As a previous post mentioned, they will eat anything! If its in the water, they'll eat it. My tang actually over-indulges at times .. as I've seen him actually regurgitate algae after gorging himself on it! Very hardy, very personable .. an excellent choice for your tank!

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jen - 2003-12-20
You Guys Are geniuses! I had to do a project and then you guys did it for me ! thanx!

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Tom Roughan - 2013-01-08
I have a 180g tank with about 200 pounds of live rock, I currently have a blue tang about 4 inches long, a pacific sailfin tang about 2 inches long, and several other small fish. Will a yellow tang be ok with the other tangs?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-09
    With tangs it can go either way.  They are normally fine if others are different shaped.  Some will get very territorial with other fish.  Should be ok with the type that you have and it sounds you have a lot of areas they can call their own.
Callan Checkley - 2012-12-31
I have a lionfish rabbitface, foxface,lawnmower, tusk and a clownfish in my tank just wondering if anyone knows if it would be alright to add a yellow tang in with them or not?If not what would be good?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    Tang should do fine as long as the tank is large enough to handle it.
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katie - 2010-05-29
I have had 2 blue tangs in my tank for 3 weeks. And I know 1 of them is really stressed but the other is always hiding behind the rocks and isn't coming out to feed because the other one that is stressed, when the one isn't feeding it wants to come out from behind the rocks but it can't because of the one that is stressed is chasing after it to get back behind the rocks. Why isnt it coming out and feeding?

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    You are only supposed to keep one on its own. They are solitary fish
  • Pete - 2012-02-06
    Thats why why you should keep one per tank.
  • claire - 2012-03-02
    We have 2 in our tank and they never fight and they swim together, never any problems. So it is possible to have 2 per tank!
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    Two or more are fine in a tank if introduced at the same time. Its even better if they are introduced together at a younger age. I have have had two in my tank for over two years with no problems. Also make sure your tank is not too small and not overcrowded.
  • kyle corrin - 2012-10-15
    I have a 3ft tank can i keep a yellow tang and a powder tang together if i introduce them small and at the same time.
  • playdoc - 2012-11-01
    No.3ft. is normally about 25-40 gallons, and Blue Tangs need 75 gallons for one or two.
Callan Checkley - 2012-08-25
Is a 3ft tank big enough for a blue tang to live in?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    That size tank would not be large enough for the adult size of a Tang.  As a younger it would be OK but as it starts to grow - it is recommended that the blue Tan have at least a 75 gallon tank.  Smaller could cause stunting.  A 3 foot tank (which is normally 12 inches wide) is only about 22 gallons which isn't big enough for your fella. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-26
    no worrys thanks
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
    No problem. What fish can I have in a 25 gallon tank?
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-15
    I have a 25 gallon tank. Will that be enough for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-15
    No, let me reiterate what Charlie pointed out... 25 gallons is not big enough for even one, they really need 75 gallons or more.
  • playdoc - 2012-10-18
    Okay thanks. What fish can I have?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    For this fish, especially if you want 2 a 125 gallon tank is recommended.
Ryan - 2012-10-04
I've seen some as far south as Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I haven't been diving much further south so can not verify that they don't live past there.

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Merrick - 2008-09-24
Beautiful and reef friendly. My tank just matured and I introduced my Tang with some Banner fish, gobies and common clowns. It has been three weeks now and no issue has arose. Very busy fish, needs lots of space as it loves to dart about.

I do agree that you need quite a bit of live rock as it doesn`t stop nibbling.
I have a huge aquarium (3,2m x 0,65m x 0,85{1500lts}) and it has managed to clean my glass in two days.

I would recommend this species definitely for first time reefers.

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AD Roth - 2005-02-07
Wonderful addition to my aquarium. Peaceful and full of character. Very easy to care for... required a bit more time up front until adapted to the aquarium feeding "ritual".


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