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Old 04-14-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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hippo tang and powder blue


ive had a powder blue tang in my 55 gallon for about 2 months now he is healthy and active as can be if i decided to add a blue hippo tang is there any precautions i should take ? i plan on completely reorganizing the aquarium prior to this and also is this even a safe move? anything helps thanks
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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imo no I would not do this. A 55 gallon is just too small for a tang let alone two.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:59 PM   #3
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55 gallons is a suitable size for A Tang. I've heard that you usually do not want to introduce tangs of the same color when one has already established their own territory... Not all fish are the same, you are not the same as me. Since the powder blue has only been there for a few weeks, I would say, Go for it!

Be sure to watch the two as they are introducing themselves to each other. And hopefully you have enough algae and pods in your tank to keep them happy!
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:57 AM   #4
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a 55 is fine when they are small juveniles. What about when they grow and become adults? A 55 is not fine then. I have two tangs in a 90 and it is too small. I realized this when I purchased them as juveniles and had planned an upgrade at some point. I have started my build on a 260 now as they are getting larger. I am not saying you need a 260 but I would say a 90 gallon minimum for two tangs.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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Agreed, would be suitable until they mature...
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:59 PM   #6
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of course i have quite the plan in the works for 120 but i was more concerned about the issues of agression when it comes to the powder blue , i know thy can be pretty nasty at times.
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I've heard that you usually do not want to introduce tangs of the same color when one has already established their own territory...
same being with clownfish...
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:19 AM   #8
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I am a big proponent of buying fish for the tank you have, not the one you want to have. Life can often get in the way of our best laid plans. That being said, if you were going to put both a powder blue and a hippo into any tank size, I would recommend adding the hippo first, then the powder blue, as, you are right, the powder blue is a lot more aggressive (stereotypically speaking...some individual fish will vary). I wouldn't recommend any tangs in a 55g, personally, but definitely not those two, especially if the hippo is being added second. I think it is asking for a problem.
If you have a larger tank being put together (I'd still say to wait till you have it before getting the fish), then it may help to rearrange the rockwork, add at night, etc. I listed what my process is for adding tangs on another tang post you should be able to find on the same main page in the reef fish section. Ironically, that one also involved a blue and a hippo. Hope it helps.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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hippo and powder blue


Just wanted to let you know it can be done. I have a yellow belly and a powder blue in the same tank and they swim together and everything. When I first introduced them to eachother they smacked eachother with there tails. They are like brothers now they swim side by side. The only thing that I do is put algae on clips at opposite sides of the tank. I have a powder blue, yellow, and yellow belly so they eat lots of seaweed and algae.
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Yes it can be done given you have a large enough tank.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:56 AM   #11
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That's a tough putt in that tank IMO. I have five in a 150 and it is stressful for me. I wouldn't do it again. They are all buddies as long as the nori is plentiful. If I run out just for a day or two aggression kicks up noticeably.

I couldn't see myself pulling off those two in that tank. Also. For what it's worth I would consider the year mark the earliest I would call something a success with an acanthus of any time. They are prone to flash crashes if you will. Mine has been in since Xmas and I check every morning nervously still....just my experience hope it helps.
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That's a tough putt in that tank IMO. I have five in a 150 and it is stressful for me. I wouldn't do it again. They are all buddies as long as the nori is plentiful. If I run out just for a day or two aggression kicks up noticeably.

I couldn't see myself pulling off those two in that tank. Also. For what it's worth I would consider the year mark the earliest I would call something a success with an acanthus of any time. They are prone to flash crashes if you will. Mine has been in since Xmas and I check every morning nervously still....just my experience hope it helps.

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I have been successful with my powder blue so far, 1.5 years he is fat and happy. I have had my sailfin for 3 years now, they have been moved into a 280 gallon tank, my upgrade took almost 1 year to the day They LOVE the larger swimming area! I was beginning to feel really bad for them in my 90. Which just encouraged me to work harder to get my upgrade finished. If I had taken much longer I think I would have moved one or both of the tangs out to a temp tank that was bigger as the 90 was obviously too small for them. They enjoy the 70" * 30" * 30" dimension they have now
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I bet they do. Working on finishing the plumbing for my sump upgrade in preperation for a build to a bigger tank. Did the tank and then a good sump the first time. Not gonna make that error twice. Once I have automated water changes setup I will work on the actual tank part of the upgrade.

My sailfin is an absolute pig. He is growing fast. Is yours the same?
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A 55 gallon is two small for two Acanthurus species tangs(paracanthurus for the hippo). And if you must do two tangs, DO NOT add a hippo tang. The powder blue will kill it almost guaranteed . Do a yellow or scopas tang if you must. Powder blues are nasty mean.
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