How many tangs?

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  1. Aurora

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    Hi people.

    Would like to know what you guys think is the right number of tangs for a 600L tank?

    Thanks.
     
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    Hard to say. Physical tank dimensions are more important than litres.
     
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    Controversial question. Most tangs get pretty big and all (except maybe the naso and regal) are quite territorial and aggressive, and require quite a large tank to move in. If you keep two of the same species, like yellow tangs or purple tangs, they might fight in that size tank. That being said, I have kept four different species in my 820 litre tank, anymore would be pushing the boundaries of sanity. Remember to also introduce at the same time as a 600L tank is not big enough for a new specimen to escape the current inmates' wrath.
     
  5. Aurora

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    Lets say 1700x600x600.
     
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    I have managed to keep the following tangs in a 1.5 x 600 x 600 tank. Naso, yellow, purple, regal and a powder blue. Only the naso was big however I would not recommend so many in a tank of that size. The bio load it creates becomes an issue and they do tend to fight.
     
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    I currently have 1x purple tang 2x yellow tangs and a regal tang in a 65cm cube with no fighting but I am currently busy with an upgrade with more tangs:p
     
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    I would stick to 4 or 5 max.
    Just keep the bio load in mind.

    I kept 2 regals, 2 yellows, one nazo and a powder blue in my 1.5 with great success.
    I however had a very open scape and massive filtration system.
     
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    It also depends what you are mixing, I have a yellow, sailfin, powder blue and orange shoulder in a 1.5 x 1.5 cube. The powder blue has major issues with the orange shoulder, although it seems better lately. Also true what Carlos said, introduction time important. PB was in before OS and OS is now trying to gain territory. The PB currently has 1.1 x 1.1 m. If the OS stays in his 0.4 x 0.4 it seems fine.
     
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    Thanks for all replies.

    You are basically saying what i thought already.

    Great to have some brains to bounce ideas off.

    Going to stay with my purple yellow and regals for know then.
     
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    I've got 14 varied tangs in my tank with not one days trouble and added at different times
     
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    Hi Handy

    I am wanting to get myself some tangs aswell but cannot introduce them at the same time.
    I have a 3ft tank, and want to get a regal, powder blue, yellow, and black tang.
    How would I go about introducing them?
     
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    A 3ft tank is a bit small for that amount of tangs
     
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    Well, 3ft tank = maybe 1 tang.

    Even then it would be a stretch!

    Thinking about it, 3ft would be just cruel!
     
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    One tang max.

    By black tang do you mean this?

    image.jpg
     
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    One Tang. The long snouted black tang is really a show stopper, or something like a Acanthurus olivaceus, Achilles. If you going for tang get a beauty of a specimen. KEEP IT TO ONE in 3ft. Remember that they are very territorial, and any fish you add in later that looks anything like them, be it colour or shape, they will attack. Introduce tangs all at the same time and make them the last fish you add
     
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    And if you get more than one tang this guy will come for you in the night.
    Lol just kidding
     
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    Lol thanks for all the replies guys, I am new to marine and totally love every tang I have seen, but even if I get them very small (+-4cm) and when they have out grown my tank, find them a new home? Or upgrade? Or is the fantasy just not going to happen for me?
     
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    And yes TaahirS. That's him right there
     
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    whatever suits your pocket.

    Keep in mind that those small little regals you see at some shops, they do grow quite fast.
     
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