So you want Tangs
Tangs are known widely from Finding Nemo; Dory a Blue Tang made them one of the most popular saltwater fish. With millions of eyes and a big variety people often mistake Blue Tangs as their own type but in fact there are over 86 variety of Tangs. From Emperor Tangs to yellow Tangs these fish are saltwater and need a lot more care than the average fish. They need plenty of rock, coral and algae to survive as that is their main diet. They are avid swimmers looping in and about the crevices in the tank. This is why it is extra important to have an over 125 gallon tank for just a single Tang. They on average grow to 8-12" but Lipstick Tangs can grow up to 20 inches!
Tangs come in a variety with beautiful patterns like the Emperor Tang to the shiny Silver Tang that shines under every light. These beautiful fish tend to be around 1lb and can live up to 30 years in the wild. They tend to be more sensitive to disease and grow very quick so they are not the easiest fish to keep. The Tangs are a perfect addition to any saltwater reef build. With their bright colors, flashy swimming style, and over all show stoppers; the Tangs are the highlight of most saltwater builds.
Don't even think about a Tang if your build is under 100 gallons. Tangs need a lot of coral and rocks to live a happy healthy life. Just like in the ocean these animals stick close the rocks, hiding from predators. When it comes to Tangs we would aim for at least 150 gallons and another 20 gallons per Tang. This will make sure your family of fish are balanced. Adding too many Tangs can be a nightmare from ich and having a quarantine tank makes even more important! When it comes to a 150 gallon build, you are looking between 1.8k for the tank and around 2.8k for a full setup. Contact us for more info on what size tank for your fish group! We are here to help from bio load to choosing filters!