12-18-2010, 06:58 PM
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Hi Nick, welcome to the forum. I have the exact same tank as you. Thats a great skimmer and sump design you have there. I'm sure you'll have great success with this system.
You are dealing with the same desire i've had for the last 3 years, which is to add a Tang to the tank. I have personally not done so because I know it is a bad idea. The reputation Tangs have as aggressive fish stems from them being placed in tanks that are too small, and a 54 just doesn't cut it, even with the unique shape of our systems.
If you decide to proceed with a Tang purchase anyhow, I would suggest a Ctenochaetus genus. These are the only Tangs that would really make any sense at all in this tank size. (Sorry Mr. B, I have to disagree on the Mimic Tang suggestion). The best of the Ctenochaetus species would be a Kohl Tang, aka Yellow Eye Tang. They stay relatively small, around 5'' in size, and are rather passive for a Tang. The 2nd best choice would be a Tomini Tang, in my opinion. Just keep in mind that adding any Tang to a tank of this size is going to make it difficult to add other "open water" swimming fish. Tankmates would need to be limited to rock dwelling species, such as Gramma, Pseudochromis, Baslets, Gobies, etc.