Yellow Tang Would it be wrong

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Ok, I am asking this as a question as my wife is driving me nuts already.. I have explained that to keep Tangs you really need at least a 4 ft long tank, however ours is 3 and half foot by 2 x 2 .. now she has got talking to our LFS ( yes she has stuck her nose in) and he has told her that if she wanted to yet a juvi and grow it till it got to big or started to show signs of boredom then he would gladly take it off her hands and give her a credit note/pay her for it.

So I want thought I would post so I can get it in black and white .. Yes I would love a tang but is it feasible given the above.?

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Reply #1

Well, they don't grow very quickly to be honest. Your tank is nearly a 4x2x2 which is still quite a big box.

I'd vote with it being ok. Just get a small one, and you should have it years before it outgrows the tank. Which is then a good time to upgrade to a 6x2x2 :)
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We currently have a 4x2x2 and have one very fiesty yellow belly regal tang in there. She came with the tank, and is around 12cm from head to tail. Aware that we need to rehouse soon (getting a 6ft tank soon) but she seems pretty happy for now tbh.

The tang debate seems to be hotter on some forums more than others, a few I looked at before joining here made me a bit wary of asking anything regarding my tang...with the overzealous tang police on patrol you'd get shot down pretty quick!  Of course, not saying that some of the points on space aren't valid, they are and it's true tangs need space to swim, but there are sensible options available to keep tang and tang-keeper happy :)

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Thanks for the input .. I am under pressure from my wife to get one .. and have told her that IF we do then at some point its an upgrade of tank OR we have to move it on when it becomes evident that it is running out of size as Mike eluded to if I purchase a small one and grow it on I should get some time before It has to be raised and to be honest I wouldn't expect anymore..

The biggest thrill will be to see it growing and adopting a personality and that is enough for me.. BUT for the time being I am adding corals the fish can wait a little as I don't want to fill my tank only to find I wanted something else and there is no room


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the fish can wait a little as I don't want to fill my tank only to find I wanted something else and there is no room

That is a great point - one fish added can have a huge impact on what you can and can't have moving forward. We didn't get to choose our selection as they came with the tank (wasn't the original plan but it happened like that in the end) and now it's apparent that a, the husband has had his dreams of coral mountains squashed due to the non-reef safe fish, and b, whoever did the original selection of the creatures didn't research it properly as some of them really don't go together (see my Crab eating the Starfish post from earlier as an example!!).

So yeah, definitely don't rush it as you might find something you mush prefer! :)

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