06-18-2010, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by mianaMW
Hi, okay so i got this 15 gallon tank cycled for about a month. im using a HOB filter and a small resun skimmer as well as a resun wavemaker. About 3-5kg of live rock and 2" depth of sand(actually its crushed coral...mybe)
So far the inhabitants are:-
1. 1" blue regal tang
2. 1.5" foxface
BTW i know the blue tang and foxface will outgrow the tank so when they do, I'll just transfer them to either of my 65 Gallon tanks.
Please bring the Regal Tang and the Foxface back to the fish store. These fish are not suitable for a 15 gallon tank. They grow rapidly and within a month you should have them in a tank of at least six feet in length... Leaving them in such small quarters will compromise their immune systems, and not give them ample hiding space, effecting their territorial behavior.
Regal Tangs can grow to be over a foot in length as adults, and reach 75% of their adult size within the first year, sometimes sooner than that. These fish need six feet of tank to swim in
at the least. No ifs ands or buts. A 65 gallon tank is only 36" in length. One swipe of that fish's tail and he is across the tank.
Foxface are also free swimmers and I would suggest a tank at least five feet in length. They don't grow as large as the Hippo, but still over 6" isn't uncommon.
The responsible thing to do here would be either buy a six foot tank or return the fish to the store.