10-23-2008, 02:43 AM
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Question(s) about Tangs - Really Important - for the fish
Hi everyone, great community. I just read about 18 pages of posts, very informative. I'm the type that enjoys all the information I can get, wether I own the fish or not. I've recently done something that I really want to turn out with the best of results. A neighbor of mine and I were talking the other day, they are moving and mentioned they were going to flush their saltwater fish. I couldn't bare the thought and took them into my home yesterday. When I went to get them, they were in a bucket and their 29 gallon tank was already emptied. I've spent dozens of hours reading up on everything I could about these tangs, as I personally have never owned one. I currently have 2 percula clowns in a 20 gallon tank and another 2 clarkii clowns in another 20 gallon tank, 1 tank established for 3+ years and the other for 6 months. I love the hobby and have kept my collection small and manageable and utterly love them. I could not and would not allow the tangs to be killed. I realize I could bring them to the pet store but I actually very much like them and have taken steps already to take care of them.
Earlier today I purchased a 75 gallon tank and tomorrow will start making the water in 5 gallon buckets and filling it up. I know it takes about 2 months for the tank to properly cycle (at least my small one's - I'm not sure about a tank this size).
The owners couldn't tell me much about them - but what I can tell you is one is a powder brown tang about 3.5 inches and a hippp tang less than 1'. I've been doing a lot of reading and they say the powder will grow to about 8 inches.... at what age do they do this? How quickly do they grow? And the hippo tang... will it always stay this small?
As of now, I have one in each tank with my clowns and hope that the next month or 2 will not stunt their growth too much. I'm doing everything I can to ensure that they are properly cared for, it's just not immediate.
Thoughts? Thanks everyone, it's really appreciated.