Re:Honest advice on tangs


Thanks for the advice! I’ve gone through and reviewed other setups and beginner’s advice for my sea horses, so I’m pretty set up with feeding applications and schedules. I actually use a turkey baster to target feed my scooter blenny in my 55 gal tank now — the darn shrimps are piggies otherwise! I agree 100% about quarantining ANY fish before it goes in any display tank — most of us here probably learned that the hard way at one point in time or another. Your description with QTing a tang is almost exactly what I do with any new arrival. It’s a perfect time to fatten a new fish up, get them de-stressed (I never recommend more than 2 fish in a 10-gallon QT tank, and preferably only one) and generally healthy before addition to a display tank.

I think in this case I was afraid I knew the answer, but was hoping someone would say, "No, go ahead!" Oh well. If I didn’t have the yellow tang in the 55 gal. already I would consider keeping the purple in the pony tank until he got more than 2 inches long, but the yellow and purple tangs have a similar body type and would certainly fight. So for now I think I’ll skip the tang, maybe add a dragon-face pipefish instead. Again, I appreciate the help!

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