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the only law here where I live is Not to take corals, and i was told that a yellow tang can be kept in ...
the only law here where I live is Not to take corals, and i was told that a yellow tang can be kept in a 55g being the size it is right now, the Lights are CoraLife T5. the Alk, Cal and Mag cant get them right now cause need a new Kit. and I might upgrade to a 155g. and every fish i have in my tank have been caught on the wild exept the yellow tang.
thats pretty cool. im not saying you cant catch wild ( if your in a place to do it ) but i wanted to make you ( and anyone reading ) there are laws and sometimes very serious ones. usually involving coral and live rock, but they still exists.
a 150+ would be a great size for both the tangs you have. they grow very fast and will reach most of their size within the first year. not to mention size wise, they are hogs and in the wild graze the rock work for food all day which means they naturally have a high bioload which means they are messy and poop alot. if you go with the bigger tank, you'd be better off.
heck yeah, they poop a lot, currently im feeding him Frozen Brine Shrimps and started today to also feed Frozen Mysis Shrimps. Planning to buy Spectrum Pellets, would they give more coloration or do the lights have effect on it to?
limit the brine shrimp. they arnt very much in nutrition.
find an asian supermarket close by if you can. look there for algae sheets ( ask them, say your making sushi ) they have dried algae sheets and they're pretty cheap. it would also be smart to pick up some selcon and a garlic additive. it doesnt take much of the selcon and the garlic to do a world of wonders. while your at the asian supermarket it may also be wise to grab a bag of mixed seafood usaully for a couple bucks. ( nothing pre-cooked! ) and take it home, rinse it, grind it up and make your own food blend.
and since you want corals, pick up a new alk, mag, and cal. liquid test kits AND the suppliments needed to dose for them. test and dose until you get the hang of it and your levels are stable AND then you'll be ready to add another coral or two. anemones NEED a reef enviroment too, and are esp. fragile. they require the alk, cal and mag levels like corals and for them to be stable. on top of that they need high intensity lighting ( preferably halides ) for ultimate health.
well then i might have good Alk, Mag and Cal levels cause that anemone has been living for like 3 months :) no to mention that I bought the lights yesterday, so maybe i'll be watching improvements in like a week or two. and the algae sheets, would Wardley Algae Discs do? i got some here, i threw one to the yellow tang and he keeps bitting it, maybe he liked it :D
well your first anemone picture looked severly bleached. i was also unable to id it, i think it rejected its "tenticles" or whatever you want to call them. which is a sign of not being healthy. i guess time will tell and a alk, mag and cal liquid test kit is needed not an option and IMO even those with a fish only tank need these and should dose for them. the fish only tank wont be using up these as fast as the reef setup will, but they should still be there.
the first anemone picture was a Carpet Anemone, the dont have tentacles that long as a Condy/Haitian Anemone. BTW what should i feed the anemone, im feeding her Normal Frozen Shrimps, the one u and I eat :) she ate it entirrely so i guess she liked it :D