Tangs and Clowns

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    i now have 2 clowns,2 yellow tail damsels and 1 puffer.my ultimate goal is to end up with a regal or powder blue tang and a yellow tang and the clowns and get rid of the damsels and the puffer. will these be compatible. I didnt want to start with the tangs because i am a newbie.
     
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    in a 30 gallon no its not, regals need atleast a 75 gallon tank and a powder blue tang needs even more space because they get stressed and catch ich easily
     
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    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

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    Im with Dustin on this one. You will need to upgrade to at least a 75 gallon tank to have any tang, IMO I would go with a 90 or bigger.
     
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    Yep, even the smallest of small baby tangs need about a 75 gallon tank or more. You won't be able to keep any tang in a 30 gallon tank.

    They have extremely high metabolisms and require a lot of oxygen. They swim constantly. In a small tank, they don't have the space they need and will just die.
     
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    Tangs are medium to large, active fish that need plenty of space. On the question of tank sizes, we defer to Scott W. Michael, who recommends the following minimum sizes in Marine Fishes, 500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species, Microcosm Ltd., 1999:
    1. Acanthurus achilles, Achilles Surgeonfish, 100 gal (380l).
    2. Acanthurus coeruleus, Atlantic Blue Tang, 75 gal (285l).
    3. Acanthurus japonicus, Powder Brown Tang, 75 gal (285l).
    4. Acanthurus leucosternon, Powder Blue Tang, 100 gal (380l).
    5. Acanthurus lineatus, Lined or Clown Surgeonfish, 180 gal (680l).
    6. Acanthurus nigricans, Whitecheek Surgeonfish, 75 gal (285l).
    7. Acanthurus olivaceus, Orangeshoulder Surgeonfish, 135 gal (510l).
    8. Acanthurus pyroferus, Mimic Surgeonfish, 75 gal (285l).
    9. Acanthurus sohal, Sohal Surgeonfish, 180 gal (680l).
    10. Acanthurus tristegus, Convict Surgeonfish, 75 gal (285l).
    11. Acanthurus tristis, Indian Mimic Surgeonfish, 75 gal (285l).
    12. Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis, Chevron Tang, 100 gal (380l).
    13. Ctenochaetus strigosus, Kole's Tang, 75 gal (285l).
    14. Naso brevirostris, Spotted Unicornfish, 180 gal (685l).
    15. Naso lituratus, Orangespine Unicornfish or Naso Tang, 135 gal (510l).
    16. Naso unicornis, Bluespine Unicornfish, 200 gal (760l).
    17. Paracanthurus hepatus, Pacific Blue Tang, 100 gal (380l).
    18. Zebrasoma desjardinii, Indian Ocean or Red Sea Sailfin Tang, 135 gal (510l).
    19. Zebrasoma flavescens, Yellow Tang, 75 gal (285l).
    20. Zebrasoma scopas, Brown Tang, 75 gal (285l).
    21. Zebrasoma veliferum, Sailfin Tang, 135 gal (510l).
    22. Zebrasoma xanthurum, Purple Tang, 100 gal (380l).
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Not to mention,your already pushing your limit with just what you have now.
     
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