Tang compatability.

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Hi. Sorry if this has been asked before but I'm wondering if a blue tang can co exist in the same tank as a clown tang. After a massive wipe out I'm having to rebuild and I have a chance to get both a blue and a clown tang. I really like both and want to get both but am unsure if they can coexist peacefully together.

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Hi when you say blue tank is that a hippo tang or Caribbean tang?


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Hi when you say blue tank is that a hippo tang or Caribbean tang?


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Hi Tim thanks for the response. I mean the blue hippo tang (dory) have seen a vid of both in tank and they seem to get on nut o so know clown tangs cam be quite aggressive

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How big is the tank?

Clown tangs will dominate any other tangs. They won't "get on", the regal tang will know it's place as soon as it sees the clown tang.

Clown tangs need big long tanks and incredibly high water flow though, so make sure you have this or it'll experience muscular wastage and ultimately die of lack of exercise. They're fish that live right up at the top of the reef in the shallows, they're built to fight massive currents to avoid being smashed into corals, and without that flow, they waste away.
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Reply #4

As Mike says, what size tank have you got?


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As Mike says, what size tank have you got?


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Atm I have a 450 litre tank so about 100 gallon. In 6 months time I'm upgrading to either a (700 litre) 154 gallon ( 86x24x24" tank) or 96x24x24" tank which is 175 gallon approx (796 litre)

I know my current tank is not suitable for am adult tang at least not an adult clown tang long term but it's a short term home until I move

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Reply #6

It’s not a ideal size even for small ones, what size are the tangs now?
I’ve only had one regal but it was quite shy and there easy to stress and I wouldn’t want you to have another wipe. Hippos are very common so why not leave that and just take the clown tang for now as it’s a settled fish wich seems to be half the battle with them.
Only thing you will need to do when you get the new tank setup or either put them in together  take the clown about put the hippo in let it settle then introduce the clown back and hopefully all will be ok.


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It’s not a ideal size even for small ones, what size are the tangs now?
I’ve only had one regal but it was quite shy and there easy to stress and I wouldn’t want you to have another wipe. Hippos are very common so why not leave that and just take the clown tang for now as it’s a settled fish wich seems to be half the battle with them.
Only thing you will need to do when you get the new tank setup or either put them in together  take the clown about put the hippo in let it settle then introduce the clown back and hopefully all will be ok.


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I'm not entirely sure how big they are. My maintemce guy with someone at TMZ fish suppliers so can get fish directly
 His lost didn't day how big the tangs where but typically there between 3" and 7" when he gets them but know knowing what size they are until there arrive.

Will it male a difference that I only have 2 smallish fish on my taml currently so would be alot of swim space even if current tank is a little short or does that make no1 difference. Wanna do whatever for fish not what's best for me. He said they would be ok in my tank until I move house and jabe space for bigger tank
 Am moving between late April and June depending on how quick we can sell. And would be getting new tank almost immediately.

If it's still not suitable I will cancel one of the tangs.

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Reply #8

I thought it was from another reefer, if I was you I would leave both until you have moved, if you really want one now then get the hippo


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I thought it was from another reefer, if I was you I would leave both until you have moved, if you really want one now then get the hippo


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He is a reefer himself so i have not doubted him. Only I find it odd I'm only one of his customers that has these problems of wipeouts
 Which leaves me feeling like I'm doing something really wrong and I don't realise what it is I am doing wrong or i have really really bad luck.

Are non dumped tanks more likely to have issues that I'm having or is it more likely it's me rhys doing something wrong.

I love reef tanks but I can't keep spending money and every 6 months there's a wipeout. It's unfair on fish and I'm really determined to find solution and prevent this as I don't wanna give up

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Hi Tim i added more rock to my tank today. Is this to much or about right. Fortunately I will be upgrading tank soon enough probs April may. I don't plan on adding many fish probs just a few corals and anemones and a couple of fish. And new tank will be alot bigger
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Reply #11

Looks good, lots of caves and swim throughs


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Reply #12

Looks good, lots of caves and swim throughs


Tim

Thanks also got that treatment you told me about. Polyp lab medic.

Gonna add some corals another anenome soon. Waiting to see which of the 2 tangs come in next week. Hopefully this will be start of getting my tank to where I want it as long as no more wipeouts.

Btw I asked my maintence guy to check alkalinity. It was low at 6.5 AKH could that be the cause of my problems. Have buffed it up to 8.5 now

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Reply #13

It would cause issues with coral.
How quick did he buffer it up?
Any coral in the tank now?


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It would cause issues with coral.
How quick did he buffer it up?
Any coral in the tank now?


Tim

Just 2 mushroom coral frags. Only just started to try corals. The low alkalinity had no effect on them. He but the required dose from the bottle into the tank when he was here. Said it would take 4-6 hours or so to get alkalinity upto 8.5

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