Minimum Tank Size For Yellow Tang?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Aquarium Stocking' started by watermelon46, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. watermelon46

    watermelon46Valued MemberMember

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    We're getting a 50-65 gallon reef and I'm trying to figure out the stocking. I'd love to have some kind of tang but thought they needed bigger tanks. I think yellow tang is my best bet. I did research and many different sites give different information, some say you need 100 gallons, some say you only need 55. I'm wondering what your experiences are. Also, if I kept a yellow tang, would it limit the kinds of peaceful fish I'd be able to keep? Kind of wanted this to be community setup with peaceful reef fish.
     
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    bettaf1sh 7789Valued MemberMember

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    I wouldn’t get one. My tank is about 100 gallons total and with my dimensions, I wouldn’t have a yellow tang. Some people will say a 4 ft tank (55 gallon size) is sufficient and some say you want 6ft or more. What are the dimensions of your tank? I believe kole tangs and Tomini tangs can be housed in something 4ft in length but I’m not positive. I think you may risk having some issues with aggression if the tang isn’t happy in that size tank, you also have a higher risk of getting ich with tangs. If you’re set on having one, I’d make sure to get it from a lfs that would be willing to take it back if it didn’t work out.
     
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    watermelon46Valued MemberMember

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    Not sure about the dimensions; we don't have it and are looking for a cheap one on craigslist. I'm looking for a longer style so they can have more swimming room.
    Thanks for the advice, I think I'll go with Flameback angelfish instead as a big more centerpiece fish. I'm thinking maybe a pair or just one single one.
     
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