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    Vlamingi Tang - Help!

    I have a Vlamingi Tang in my 125.

    I won't go into specifics, lets say i was misled as to the eventual adult size of these fish (upto 24 inches in the wild).

    That being said, I may be negotiating a return, the sad thing is, the store I got it from will no doubt happily sell it to someone with an even smaller tank

    The RC crew says i need at least a 400-500 gallon tank for this fish. Of course, they also say you need a 180 gallon for a yellow tang, so I'm confused.

    What's the minimum size of tank I should realistically buy if I decide to keep this fish.

    I'm so hesitant to return him. He's like a puppy in my tank. One week in and he already feeds from my hand, recognizes me, lets me pet him if I want and begs for food whenever he sees me

    On the other hand, I just upgraded to a 125, I can't afford an immediate upgrade and I don't want to hurt this poor fish

    I feel so stupid for not researching my purchase and trusting a LFS employee (*cough* manager *cough*).

    Ok please don't flame me, I'm beating myself up pretty bad over this already, I need advice.

    Either I -

    Negotiate a return
    Keep him in the 125 and prob (likely) hurt him long term.
    Upgrade to a better size tank for this fish (not likely in the short term)
    Find someone with a monster tank who can take him on.

    Can anyone with experience witht these fish chime in?

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    BTW I'm leaning towards a return if I'm able to negotiate it.

    The store in question of course has a no marine return policy, but I think given the circumstances any vendor with even a little integrity would accept a return.
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    return it, nothing else you can do or post it here for sale. maybe someone with a BIG tank will want it.

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    yeah Johnny, just having a hard time coming to grips with that.

    This fish is honestly like a dog in a fish body. So frigging smart.

    For those that think I'm being melodramatic, try keeping a puppy for a couple of weeks and see how easy it is to return when you know the next owner won't care for it half as much

    The person I was dealing with at the LFS is off today. I will update this thread tomorrow with the results of my negotiations.
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    Hey Johnny, why dont you take him....you have a HUGE tank. L'm sure he would love your tank
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    I'd love to but I have to many fish as is right now with no skimmer:bawling:

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    AS long as the fish is Healthy DO NOT worry about it !

    i too have Vlamingi, have had him 1.5 years in my 135 gallon 6 feet long 18 inches wide! .. and he loves my tank! He is growing well sitting now around 10 inches long 3 inch thick belly!.. No signs of stress.. acutally just started bringing in his adult colors !

    Keep him Nice and healthy in your tank! as long as you can and if need be when he shows possible signs of stress then concider relocating him.

    as for a 4-5 hundred gallon tank they can get stuffed! Everywhere i have read These types of tangs along with all NASO family require 125G-180G tanks! ...

    If the fish is happy! .. DO NOT WORRY

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    The fish is definately happy right now. I'd love to keep him and I know I can give him a better home then if I returned him where he'd either die in store or get sold to someone with a smaller tank

    Sorry i just noticed I lied above, I have a 120 high, not a 125...

    My 120 is 60" x 26" x 18"

    I think the 12" less swimming room side to side makes a difference...

    If he gets big too quick Johnny (given that you'll get a new skimmer) would you consider holding him for me till I can get an upgrade in? I know its a bunch of variables but it might help me sleep at night :-D

    thanks for the advice guys, I'm tentatively planning on a 300 Gal reef in 3-5 years, but I really need to pay off the 120 first!
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    What other fish do you have in there?if there isnt any big fish in there he'd be more happy in your tank for now till you find someone with a BIG tank.it doesnt mean that the fish looks happy that he is.Maybe tell the store that if they find someone to buy it that has a big tank.like you said...they would sell it to someone with a smaller tank...
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    If you still have it by the time im settled with my new tank maybe i will take him....
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