View Full Version : tangs eating off rocks?

01/15/2008, 05:27 PM
i was just wandering that if i was to go 2 days a week with out feeding the tangs if they would be able to "fill them selves up" with the algae that is on the rocks?

now i understand that tangs need a varied diet and they do get that.

the main reason i ask is i am starting to notice that there is starting to be a build up on the rocks. the tangs pick at it all day long and i was hoping that if i feed 2 days less that they would eat more of the algae....

what do you think?

01/15/2008, 05:32 PM
IMO I wouldn't starve them just to get them to eat algae. Keep em happy and feed em the good stuff

01/15/2008, 06:39 PM
I only feed my tank every other day. I don't really see a problem with it. My Kole tang, Yellow tang and coral beauty graze all day long.

01/15/2008, 06:51 PM
I feed my tank every other day - sometimes every three - or fours days (OK, getting into some confessions here :) ). I feed a different food each time (frozen, formula one, two, pellets, etc). I also only give a veggy clip once a week. My bristle tooth tank and LMB graze all day and are nice and fat. In fact, I have never seen my LMB take any prepared foods.

He should be fine, just keep an eye on his general health.

01/15/2008, 08:15 PM
i dont think they would be starving if they are eating off the rocks.
like i said they are getting a very good amount of food everyday. the more i think about it i dont think that it would hurt anything. afterall they are in the ocean and dont have any one feeding them prepared foods.

01/16/2008, 12:08 AM
In the ocean, most tangs just cruise and pick at the rocks every few seconds.