Yellow Tang

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Hi,

I have not bought a tank yet and I'm doing all the research I can before I buy one. (Types of fish) + (Corals) that i can have in the size of tanks. Im looking to get a Emax 170 from Red Sea. Will a Yellow Tang be ok in that size or is it too small.

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Reply #1

A fair bit too small for tangs unfortunately Sam.

A good reference site is LiveAquaria.  They reckon 100 gallon minimum.  They're in the US,  so their gallon is 3.8 litres.  100 x 3.8 = 380 litre tank required. 

Probably you could go a little under that and be alright say a Reefer 350,  but less than half would be too small.
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 :'(  would you reccomend any other center fish for a 170  I would have a shrimp, set of clown fish a gobby maybe a wrasse. I didn't really want all tiny fish i wanted a contrast of sixes but I know ill be limited due to size of tank.
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Possibly one of the smaller angel fish e.g. cherub.  They might nip at corals if hungry though.

Starcks damsel has a similar look but don't nip corals. Slightly aggy but not bad compared to other damsels.

Flasher wrasse is another option, but they are quite delicate.

Left field option -  fu manchu lionfish. Research though, may eat other fish!

Left field option 2 - blue spotted puffer.  As above, research as may eat snails etc.
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Reply #4

Hi mate,


Thanks for getting back in touch, I have a dilemma I have been only looking at 170s because I ddint want me tank to be with in a meter or my living room radiator. I have seen alot of comments regarding never putting fish tanks near radiators. I have measured and I can fit a 260 red sea in the space I want it but it will be around half a meter away from a small rad which will only be on and off through our the day. In your experience will this be ok or should I stick with 170. I would love a 260 though as it is apparently easier to keep and will open up my range of fish for long term.

Adding to the above i have also been scared off by even keeping salt water fish with people saying ill never be able to go on a two week holiday again. Is this true as well, or will someone popping in every now and then (mum and dad) 😂 to feed my fish be ok for when I go away.
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Reply #5

Hi mate,


Thanks for getting back in touch, I have a dilemma I have been only looking at 170s because I ddint want me tank to be with in a meter or my living room radiator. I have seen alot of comments regarding never putting fish tanks near radiators. I have measured and I can fit a 260 red sea in the space I want it but it will be around half a meter away from a small rad which will only be on and off through our the day. In your experience will this be ok or should I stick with 170. I would love a 260 though as it is apparently easier to keep and will open up my range of fish for long term.
Do you only have the one radiator in your living room? I have two and my tank is about 2m away from one of them but I have just turned that radiator down so it gets warm but not hot


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Reply #6

I'm hoping to put it in the area that you see there eith the chair moved down to the right a bit. I do ha e another rad but that is all the way down the other end of the room. (Its a fairly big room)

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Holidays and reef tanks aren't the best of friends! lol  The 2 main things (once the tank is established) is feeding (this can be mitigated if you can get the fish to feed on pellets with an auto-feeder) and water top-off (not an issue if you have an ATO with a suitably large reservoir)


As far as the radiator is concerned I would personally think half a metre from a rad (especially if it is turned down a bit) is unlikely to cause a major issue for you. Yes, ideally you want to stay as far away as possible but a bit of distance are keeping an eye on it shouldn't cause huge issues (IMO)

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Reply #8

What's the issue with rads and tanks?  Mines about 30cm from one.  Whenever the weather is warm, the rad is off anyway, so I don't understand.
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Just some research I have done online or comments people make... nothing factual. If you don't think that me having a 260L 30cm away from a rad like that (which is not permanently on) wouldn't cause issues with the tank thats really good to know.


How about the holiday thing ? Whats your take on that ?

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What size tank do you have do you have any pictures?

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Just some research I have done online or comments people make... nothing factual. If you don't thing that me having a 260L 30cm away from a rad like that (which is not permanently on) wouldn't cause issues with the tank thats really good to know.


How about the holiday thing ? Whats your take on that ?

Well I'll post a pic of mine tonight and you can compare to what yours would look like. 👍 It's a Reefer 250

Holidays are a bit nerve wracking.   @mightyhatter has covered the two main things.
I think the main thing is having somebody you trust pop in every few days to eyeball it.  One time my mum went in to mine and found it absolutely full of bubbles.  The auto topoff had failed and the water level dropped dropped dropped until return pump was only sitting in about half an inch of water! Another day and it would have been a disaster...

Generally just buy reliable gear and try to keep it simple and it'll be fine!
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Reply #12

Legend cheers mate looking forward to the tank pictures

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I think it would take quite a lot of time for a rad 0.5m away to heat your tank above your limit. And in the summer it will be off.

As for yellow tang I agree that 170 is probably a bit small. Even a 250 is on the small side, but you can probably keep a tang in there for a while. I have a 250 with a foxface and think I’m in the same boat. He eats like a pig and has tripled in size in maybe 6 months. And swapped some softies this weekend for a sailfin tang at my LFS. Still tiny, but will see how quickly that outgrows my tank...

If you can get away with a 250 over a 170 then I would go with that. I would go for the reefer 250 or the max 260 with a sump in cabinet if you can. Think the sump in cabinet gives you more space and options vs sump in rear, but is personal choice.


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Reply #14

I have been looking at 250 from ready see today. I am probably looking at around £2300 to get set up. Would you guys agree

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