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ben - 2006-07-18
please do not keep this fish and a tank less than 6ft it will soon get white spot and will quickly perish. I KNOW!!

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  • Steve - 2011-01-14
    Ben, I know that these tangs are hard to keep, But you should check your care and tank systems. I have a Powder Blue tang that has been in a 30 gal. tank with clownfish and a Potters Angel for at least 2 years. If you don't have inverts and it only a fish tank try adding some copper, I use coppersafe and haven't seen a white spot since I got him two years ago. I know that my tank is small for a tang but this fish is beautiful and fat. I need to set up my 150 and give it some more room, but so far so good. Try the copper and good luck. It works, just keep in mind you can't keep inverts with copper. Steve
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MaDdIeElIzAbEtH - 2011-02-03
I had this huge science project to do and its due tomorrow. I waited until last minute to do it because I have been sick. THANK YOU! I got all the information I needed!

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  • Mae - 2011-05-24
    omg! That is exactly what happened to me to and this site helped!
  • Neil Walker - 2012-08-04
    In my opinion Trish and Katie dont have a clue about fish keeping, anyways I'm absolutely certain that dory will start out in a shoal when young but gradually become isloated in the wild, so to assume that these fish are going to stay young forever and stay together long, is a mistake. They don't like their own species company at all and if you have a GIANT aquarium and have a couple or more 'blues' they are still never together, even though they don't fight, they should not be encountering each other so often. It is a mistake, a BIG one if u have a 180 gallon tank to keep two, It is a SHAME if you have two in a smaller reef. Shame on all of you in this forum if u keep two. By the way don't over feed them brine shrimp, my sis and all that because they primarily eat zoo plankton and Red or Purple Algae.
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jo anne wilkinson - 2012-04-17
I have had Nasos since I started aquariams. I moved, so set up my 125 about 6 months ago. Initial issues, but all has been well for quite some time. I just got my naso,(blonde) and he got black ich, but is decreasing with herbatana. He loves nori, and eats energetically and seems well. My question is that he has splotches on his skin that are white and he is a light grey. He is about 3-4 inches, and I'm thinking it is probably normal in a juvenile until his color develops. They actually go away when he is eating. Any thoughts? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    Sounds normal for a young fish that just got or being sick. Keep a close eye on it for a couple weeks to make sure there are no changes.
  • jo anne wilkinson - 2012-04-19
    Thanks, Jeremy. The black spots are gone, and the splotches seem to be blending in. I appreciate your help!
    Please... Any thoughts on your heater selection? I have been through 4 that are not accurate or just stop working (with the light on)!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-20
    I like the JBJ true temp. I t is pricey but does a great job. Make sure you are getting heaters that are big enough and not working too hard. Need atleast 400 watts. I would do 2 different heater if you go with normal submergible heaters. mybe 2 400 watt heaters.
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melissa - 2009-04-16
I have a juvenille blue morph tang and a juvenille lipstick tang. I just got the lipstick tang two weeks ago. At first everything was doing well, but today I noticed that the blue morph tang was attacking the eyes of my lipstick tang, and the blue morph is a lot smaller. I don't know what to do. I also have two nemos, a manderine, hermits, two star fish, and two sea urchins in a 75 gallon tank. All of the fish are small so I didn't think that I have too many already. Please someone help me find out what is wrong>

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  • brian - 2011-11-12
    As many have pointed out or if you do some research you will quickly find out that your tank is way too small for this fish. I have a naso tang in a 300 gallon tank with other tangs and he is doing fine only because he has his own hiding space in a large 35 lb rock in one area of the tank. I would not buy this fish unless you have a tank of 150 gallons or more. Naso tangs are territorial and need a lot of swimming space, otherwise they starve themselves out of the equation.
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daniel - 2011-12-28
I have a large pair of Tomato clownfish and a small lemon peel mimic tang. Today the female clown had the Tang in her mouth. I had to thump her to get her to let go. Why do you guys think the clown would attack the tang like that?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    Tomato or Red Clownfish, Amphiprion frenatus, can be an agressive fish and have a tendency to become more agressive as they mature. If a fish will fit in another fishes mouth, chances are it will.
  • DreamReefer - 2012-07-11
    I used to have 2 clowns that would nip tank-mate's tails off and then drag them into their anemone, usually at night. It took us nearly a year to figure out where our fish were disappearing to. Anyhow, damsels can be aggressive, especially toward a small, defensless Mimic-Tang. I suggest keeping everyone well fed. Eventually, your Mimic Tang will grow it's little tail spurs and the clown will quit.
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Robert Ruiter - 2011-03-27
Just got a Naso Tang for our 220 gallon tank and he looked pretty stressed on the way home, he is now hiding in our rock almost on his side. Any ideas on how to get him out and about?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    Yeah he's sounding stressed. As long as no one is bothering him, you would probably be best to give him a day or so to come out on his own. Trying to force him out will only stress him more.
  • mm - 2012-05-27
    Had a question on the Naso we got one yesterday and got up this morning and he swam for a little but then as the day went on he just seemed to lay in the cave behind the rock then after a little he would move around and lay there again. We left and came back home and now we can't find him in the tank..
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Jason Hacker - 2009-05-21
I love this fish. Does very well in a established reef aquarium. Would recommend this fish to an advanced hobbyist.

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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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AndrewPeacock - 2010-05-25
Is it a good beginning fish?

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  • raeann - 2010-07-10
    Yes.
  • kkee - 2010-11-29
    Nnnnnnooooo!!!
  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Yes, in a well matured tank you shouldn't have too many problems.
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    In my opinion it is a good beginner fish. Just feed them the right stuff. I feed my two New Life Spectrum pellets and Omega marine flake everyday. I occassionally supplement with chopped scallop, chopped shrimp (remember to include the skin when chopping up the shrimp), mysis shrimp and dried seaweed. Both of mine even survived an ich outbreak in my tank. I also occassionally add liquid vitamins to the flake food before adding it to the tank. They also get along with other fish very easily. I have a fish only tank with about 12 different species in it.
  • James - 2012-04-28
    NNNOOOOO!!!!!!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-28
    Tangs are very sensitive to water conditions and can be picky eaters. They are not good for beginners unless you are extremely dedicated to your tank.
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