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twinytwin
03-26-2008, 10:27 PM
All right I know the rule of thumb with tang is to keep them in odd numbers... I have a sailfin tang and a slighty larger powderbrown... Powder brown was added a couple of days ago and is already chasing the sailfin...I went to cap bay today and saw some small tomini tangs which is small enough to put in my 12 nano cube... should i introduce it with the other 2 tangs or should i introduce it to the 12gal... oh i thought i saw somewhere on here that someone was looking for an achillies tang...cap bay has got a nice one about 4inches for $99

Amici
03-26-2008, 10:42 PM
If you are having problems with your other two tangs fighting then why would you want to add another? Regardless of size of a tang, it really needs more space to swim than a 12 gallon tank. Also the smaller the tang, the more likely it is to die. The problem with the tangs you have is that the powder brown should have been smaller than the sailfin by a little bit. Powder blues/browns are more aggressive than the yellows, sailfin and that type of tang with the exception of the purple tang which is known for being MEAN. Odds are you will have to remove one of the tangs.

The main thing here is that when you get tangs you kind of need to do some research and get them in the correct sizes to get along with the others. Honestly, wait on the tomini tang and figure out what you are going to do to keep the powder brown from killing the sailfin.

ericmcj31
03-26-2008, 10:51 PM
Tiny Twin--

a 12 gallon cube IS IN NO WAY big enought for any tang. However small--the LFS may have had it in a 12 cube b/c they anticipate it to sell really quickly and not need anything larger--I'd barely justify putting a couple of clowns in a 12 cube let alone 3 tangs-?! I'm not coming down on you hard or anything, but that's really not good at all for any tang to live in a tank that size. Look on MarineDepot.com 's website--they have minimum tank sizes for each fish (the majority anyways). Keep in mind that's the MINIMUM-and sometimes to me they put a fish in a smaller tank than it needs to be-but just keep in mind that's in minimum tank size. Hope this helps

ericmcj31
03-26-2008, 10:52 PM
oh, and BTW--if a fish store tells you that you can keep a tang in a 12 gallon-RUN for the door-because they're out to sell you something that isn't in your best interest. Don't know if that LFS told you it was ok or not-but 12 gallon tank isn't near enough even for one tang-

Bleedingthought
03-26-2008, 10:52 PM
I'm sure that was just a joke, right? :D

twinytwin
03-26-2008, 10:56 PM
no they didnt tell me to that it was ok..i was just saying that it is so small that it could prob fit inside one, thats how small it is... i just want to see if it could be added with the other 2 tangs which are much larger

ericmcj31
03-26-2008, 11:00 PM
To answer your question, it might be ok, but I would add one a little bigger than the ones in your tank--just like I said, not a 12 gallon cube--sorry to kick a dead horse; lol

Skriz
03-26-2008, 11:48 PM
the pbt will probably destroy him, especially since he's small. You can always try it though, but be prepared to yank him out if all hell breaks loose.

Bleedingthought
03-26-2008, 11:54 PM
Yeah, my powder brown (a. japonicus) is pretty bold. Not taking any crap from the yellow. I hope things to be ok once the sailfin is dropped in since he's the same size as the japonicus...

But yeah, I wouldn't even try it with a small tomini if the tank is on the small side. What size tank is it anyways? :)

If it's a big tank and you want to decrease the likelihood for excessive aggression, print as many tang pictures as you can (different sizes, different tangs including tominis - dozens and dozens) and tape them all on the outside of the tank facing in. Then, drop the tang in and remove a couple every day. Tip directly from Simon. A good one too. ;)

ericmcj31
03-27-2008, 12:15 AM
But yeah, I wouldn't even try it with a small tomini if the tank is on the small side. What size tank is it anyways? :)




12 GALLONS!!!!

Skriz
03-27-2008, 12:21 AM
I think he has 2 tanks.

ericmcj31
03-27-2008, 12:41 AM
oooohhhhh---thanks for the insight, Raj :)

Bleedingthought
03-27-2008, 9:05 PM
He cleared up that it wasn't a 12 gallon, Eric.

blind1993
03-27-2008, 9:11 PM
if it comes down to you needing to yank him out you can borrow the 55g in my garage.

Amici
03-27-2008, 10:00 PM
Did my post answer your questions? If not let me know and ill elaborate.

twinytwin
03-28-2008, 12:29 AM
thank you all everything is good... all is calm in the tank...blind thanks for the offer but if it came down to it i will just take one of them to work and put them in the 800 gallon pond. my other job was kind enough to house aquarium showcases 800 gallon pond and all its live rock, coral and most of the small reef fish while they move locations.

ericmcj31
03-28-2008, 7:21 AM
dang, cool boss