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Old 11-13-2008, 10:21 PM   #11
Thanks again for the advice everyone! That is why I am here.

Pasfur and Ajmckay:

I posted that thread on November 6, although the live rock and live sand was in there since about October 10. The pictures were from the day after I added the rock. I was browsing the forum for a while and then decided to finally post.

It seems I am getting advice from all over the place so I'll probably be checking this thread more often.

I am headed to the store tomorrow as I need more salt for water changes so I will research and check out the protien skimmers as well. Do you think a sump would be benefical as well. I have an extra tank and a friend that is handy in building things like this.

As for now all the fish are doing really well. As for the yellow tang, he actually is really friendly towards the other fish and doesn't bother them at all. As for the size of the tank, I knew I would get yelled at on the forum for this. I've seen yellow tangs do well for years in an aquarium the same size as mine, (not saying that mine will be okay) so that is why I went for it. If I feel it is not working for him though, I have options to give him to a willing owner who has a suitable environment, although it would be sad as he is my favorite.

Overall, I think I got to excited and jumped into everything too quickly. Luckily, my water quality and fish are still doing okay. I'm going to slow down now though and maybe add a little more live rock, but other than that, just let my aquarium run with the fish I have in there for now.

Thanks for the advice everyone as it really helps and I will continue to check in.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:37 PM   #12
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Do you have any updates on your tank?(pics) and the reason most people don't want you to get a small tank less then 6ft long is because tangs have the tendency to get ick, especially tangs and nassos of the sort. Normally something like a regal will do fine for a while, but the general rule is 6x the fish length is what you want your tank length to be.

Other then that congrats and i love tangs! cromis too, unfortuanatelly they don't do well in tanks a lot of times, though many do keep them successfully. Be careful becaue they are known for jumping out of tanks and killing themselves. What kind of clown did you get?

Don't feel bad about rushing, at least now you know to calm down with your purchases. i didn't learn that until 2 years later (i didn't do too much research ). i had a yellow tang and a sailfin tang, with a tomato clown and a blue damsel... in a... erm.... 25g. Never again i know! we all make mistakes and i've made many. i've moved on to SPS corals(you can see my thread if you'd like to get an idea if that's what you're going toward).
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:38 PM   #13
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BTW that was 3 years ago, i've come a long long way from then.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:05 PM   #14

You did a really good job setting up your tank. Its so hard to be patient but I learned that is a key. My next step is to start building my rock formation as it does not look as natural with the few pieces I have. The clown is a False Percula. I have attached a pic of the clown and the tang, although had a hard time getting some clear ones.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:22 PM   #15
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Thanks, and feel free to leave comments! Your tang looks a little nipped at on the dorsal fin... any issues with it or did you get it that way? Clown looks good though, how big do you think it is?
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