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    Tang for a small tank

    Could someone tell me if there is a kind of tang that can live in a 50gal tank at adult size? I really like those fish, but I don't want to buy one to make it die !!:angel:

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    how about a tang for a 33 Gallon? hehheee I was wondering the same question. One guy in Ottawa (the dude that takes care of the tank at the casino) told me there was no problem for a yellow tang, that if you get him small, he would only grow to the tank's size... Is this true?
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    I've had my yellow tang from when I had my 55g and he was fine they are very hardy! -33g I don't think I would suggest it, that's a little small.:errr:

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    I heard that also.. fish will stay small if confined,.. same thing happends with reptiles.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    absolutley not a good idea at all! can ya tell I feel strongly about this. Tangs need lots of room to swim. Minimum and I mean minimum size for a yellow or Kole would be 75g and up. The rest of the tang family don't even think about it. Its cruel and stressful for the fish. Hope I helped

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    I've heard that if you keep a child in a closet he won't grow very big too. Don't mean too sound sarcastic but it seems to me that anything that retards growth isn't a good thing. I have to agree with Johnny on this one.
    Susan

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    The fish that only grows to the size of it's enviroment...a myth that unscrupulous LFSs use to sell fish! A fish in a tank that is too small for it at adult size will be smaller than the same fish in a larger tank...but it will also be stunted and disfigured and unhealthy and unhappy...I'm sure you get the picture...

    If your parents had kept you in a tiny room all your childhood would you be smaller? :eek4:
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    *lol* I was typing as Susan made her post...great minds think alike!
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    ok ok ok.... I get the point.... Good points too. I've never thought of it that way. I guess I'll have to wait. Then, I was wondering, what would be a nice small fish.... something colorfull? I've got 2 clowns a gramma and a yellow wrasse. What do you guys think?
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    Not to belabour the point but check this article - http://www.aquariumpros.com/articles/stockguide.shtml - about half way down under "Common Misconceptions"

    Vickie

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