View Full Version : a tang in a 55
06/20/2007, 08:24 AM
I'm interested in 2swifts 55 gal. I'd be upgrading from a 37. I was wondering how many people here have done ok with a tang in a 55 of have seen it. I've read numerous threads where people are usually ok with it or flame the reefer doing it. So my view on it is 50/50.
From what i've gathered a yellow/purple tang or a kole tang would do "ok" in a 55 because they stay under the size limit for a smaller tank. I'm planning on keeping the same rockwork from the 37 so there should be plenty of swimming room and between rocks.
What do you guys/girls think?
06/20/2007, 08:31 AM
My yellow tang seemed very happy in my old 55. My dad has a yellow tang in a 40 (against my cadvice) and "seems" to be doing fine. Of course, we didn't get a response from his tang when asked if he liked his 40-g tank.
06/20/2007, 09:30 AM
Had a zebra tang in my 55 - no problems whatsoever...
06/20/2007, 09:33 AM
The tang police are lurking around every corner, be very careful. :lol:
06/20/2007, 09:44 AM
I have a tang in a 72. True, there are no problems - BUT I have to admit I feel some remorse. The way he darts around with one kick and has to stop on a dime is just not right. I plan to have a monster FOWLR with tangs sometime in the future when I have more time to spend on the hobby. They are just plain and simply cool fish.
06/20/2007, 09:48 AM
ladyfsu- Yeah I tried to ask my perc clown where her mate went. :(
it's gonna go 50/50 here too.
aquarat- what kind of tang was it?
06/20/2007, 09:51 AM
it's a yellow
06/20/2007, 10:37 AM
What I'd like to know is what is meant by "It's doing fine". Does it mean that it's healthy, eating etc. I have one Mimic Tang in a 75g and he is doing great - but I know he'd like more room. He flies through the rock work etc and is fat and health. That tank is 4' long but he along with a larger Wrasse I have seem to like to move - fly around the tank. So - that is one of the reasons I decided to upgrade to a 6' tank. If you wait a few months - I'll have a 75g for sale :). Just kidding but the bigger the better and if it were me I'd go with a larger tank. That is just me. Also think about the future - is that the only larger fish you are going to get? How many other fish do you want?
06/20/2007, 12:09 PM
He would be the only larger fish. Right now I have a perc, 2 firefish, an anthias, a really small chromis, and an algae blenny. I don't plan on getting any other fish other than the tang. Maybe a purple firefish to go with the 2 yellow ones.
06/20/2007, 12:23 PM
i have a mimic in a 55 and hes fat n' happy. the best lookn' fish in the tank.
06/20/2007, 12:27 PM
Not trying to sell yea nothing but I had a tang in that 55 that was In my opinion perfectly happy.
But as with any decision you have to make the final call.Gl
And hope to here from yea soon.
06/20/2007, 02:37 PM
I do also want to say that in my tank and my dad's tank, the tangs were the only big fish. I'm sure they'd like more room -- but, they have no predators, get fed good food and are the masters of their tanks. It could be much worse! Maybe it's not ideal --- but it might be too. No tang has told me otherwise so really, it's up to you to observe and conclude.
06/21/2007, 11:41 AM
mine got to be a butt and i had to take him out - a mimic tang is the one i would get if you had to do it - they are smaller
06/21/2007, 03:20 PM
I think i'ma go with either a purple tang, a mimic, or a blue eye yellow mimic if i can find one.
06/21/2007, 04:04 PM
Had a Yellow Tang in a 55 and lived for 2 1/2 years with no problems. Last year I moved him to my new 150 and has done even better. In the 55 he routinely had septicemia (once every couple of months). Since the move one year ago he has not had any illnesses and is very healthy and big. Hope that helps!
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