Animal Stories - Surgeonfish


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Wes Goedjen - 2006-08-12
Just make sure when you have two tangs, in our case a yellow and a blue...that they are the same size when added. We have a 150 gallon tank with 60 pounds of live rock and our yellow attacked and unfortunetely killed our Dory!!

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Next time do your research, as many fish on the reef will not get on in the small confines of a tank.
  • kate - 2011-10-07
    60 pounds isnt a lot of rock for a 150.
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Nasal Tang - 2012-01-20
just got this fish yesterday. it swims well in a 60 gallon wide tank, only because i have two wavemakers where it swims in one place in the current. i've only seen him peck at algae growing in my tank. so far did not eat the tropical crisp or bloodworms. but seems to be out swimming and happy.

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Seems like you are doing the right things! :) Naso Tangs, like other tangs or surgeonfish are basically herbivores. He is pecking at the algae since that is what he basically eats. If your algae is a little on the low side, and you think he is hungry, try flake food for herbivores or hang some nori agae sheets for him to eat. Watch his tummy area, or I should say, his 'chest' and if it is full and not concave, then he is getting plenty and there is no need to feed him extra. If ANY area in his lower body is 'pinched' or thin, then feed him algae or Nori Sheets. They can be picked up at the local pet store or Nori can be found at asian markets.
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Anonymous - 2011-04-06
It's a dorie!

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  • CRRose - 2011-04-13
    Not quite! Dory was a blue hepatus tang, not a purple tang.
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phil - 2006-05-28
This is a very rewarding fish to keep. Its color maturation is very noticable, and quite striking. Care is relatively easy, this fish is very hardy once acclimated to ideal settings. This tang, as with all other tangs, will learn quickly the individuals who provide their care.

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Jack - 2010-04-20
This website is really is cool and helpful.

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thomas fabin - 2009-06-07
I have just added a sohal to my tank, 75 gal. It houses an ashfur angel, purple tang and a blonde tank. They all get along perfect, they're all around 3-4 inches in size. I have them in a well set up reef tank, the four fish together, just incredable. I plan to get a golden butterfly to wrap it up, wish me luck.

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  • mark - 2011-12-07
    all four fish you listed will be to big for that size tank in a couple of months.tou need at least a 180
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Anonymous - 2006-07-29
I only turn my light on every other day when I feed. He is a happy and healthy fish. I feed a mixture of krill, formula 2, green algee and broccoli floretes. I change my water every two months. I've had him for a year and he is five inches. I try to control my fish so they don't get too greedy or aggressive.

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Amber Poindexter - 2011-08-05
I love naso tangs

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    Neat looking - how's the personality?
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Lewis - 2011-07-14
Can I keep 3 really small yellow tangs in a 30 gallon aquarium with a diamond goby, 2 firefish, a scooter blenny and 2 cleaner shrimp.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    Short answer is no. It is not how big your Tang are now, it is the adult size you have to consider. Rule of thumb for every each a fish is going to be as an adult, you need one gallon of water. 30 gallon tank - you have to subtract the gravel and plants and decorations - so you are really down to a 25 gallong tank. 3 Tang alone need that much.

    Animal World says "All surgeonfish/ tangs are quick agile swimmers and need lots of open areas. To feel secure they also need rocks/ corals with many nooks and crannies to hide in and to wedge themselves into at night for sleeping. This fish will not bother corals or inverts but it will graze on algae, so it highly useful in a reef environment. However keep corals glued down, as their quick speeds may topple a coral or two. They thrive well in tanks with algae growth.
    Minimum Tank Length/Size: A minimum 50 gallon (189 liters)."
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ryan bull - 2005-10-26
i've had 2 regal tangs for over 12 years and produced 3 young from them. it takes a long time to get them going but it well worth the effort in the long run.

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    You must be the only person who has bred tangs in captivity. Lucky you.
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