The trick to keeping multiple tangs in the same tank

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  1. randyBRS

    randyBRS Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsors

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    FAQ #28: Can I keep multiple tangs in the same aquarium?

    Who else has had good luck keeping multiple tangs of the same species in their tank?
     
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    Nice video!
     
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    Tyreef2016 Well-Known Member CTARS Member

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    I am currently housing 2 purple tangs, for around 3-4 months now. I added the first about maybe 2 months prior to the second. the first tang was bigger. the big one gives chase to the smaller one sometimes, but they never draw swords and I Haven't seen any bullying marks or signs of distress.
     
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    I hope all those who think they must be the tang police watch this. :) I have kept multiple tangs in my tanks for years. This video does a good job of explaining how to make this work. They did though forget one other option. I have also had success by doing a tank re-arrange and then added the new tangs into the tank. This disrupts their claims on territory. Glad this video was shared. Thank you to BRS for clarifying this myth about tangs. I will say though, newbies should probably not try this until they have been in the hobby for a while.
     
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    I have a Yellow, Kole and Sailfin. Zero problems. But it's a big tank :)
     
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    I have 3 yellow, sailfin, Naso, chevron, in a 220g tank. 2 male Naso's, a Yellow Eye Kole Tang in a 525gallon tank
     
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    I have Purple yellow naso vlamingi blue hippo sohal sailfin black shoudler white ring tail orange shoulder chocolate 2 atlantic blues clown tang dussumieri maculiceps lieutenant a total of 17 tangs all get along they been together for 2 years
     
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    I have a purple, sailfin, and hippo in a 150 each about 4-5". All 3 were added together. The purple shows dominance to the sail fin but not the hippo. The sail fin shows dominance to the hippo. No battle scars just sabre rattling.
     
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    My yellow and sailfin get along little sparring occasionally but thats about it yellow was first sailfin was about 1/3 the size of yellow when added they are just about the same size now been together about a year now approx. 5 inches in length
     
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    I have a 4" yellow tang in the same tank with a 5" regal tang. At first, the yellow tang tried to bully the regal, then things calmed down with very little aggression at all. Now, it seems the tables have turned and the yellow tang defers to the regal tang. The regal is not very aggressive but appears to be in charge. The worst I've ever seen is infrequent, minor fin nipping.
     
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    I house 5 tangs in a 120 gal tank for a year now with no aggression. The tangs in my 120 gal are: yellow, hippo, sailfin, purple, and powder blue. The yellow and sailfin were introduced together and were tank mates for over a year. The other three were introduced together as juveniles. A little chasing at first but now they all get along with no aggression.
     
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    I have a regal, scopas, blue lip and yellow tang. I realised too late that the scopas and yellow are similar shape/size but so far there are no problems.
     
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    My little group of tangs chase each other once in a while but for the most part the biggest bully is the emporator angel as he loves to eat and not share

    Achilles, Purple,Chevron, 2x Yellows
     
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    Thanks!

    Great to hear! They are one of my favorite tangs :)

    Thanks Dave! Great tip!

    Awesome! What size?

    Very cool! Is the 525 a fish only?

    Wow, that's quite the list. I love clown tangs!

    Cool! It sounds like they have their hierarchy worked out.

    Very nice, what size tank?

    Awesome :)

    Cool, are they still relatively small?

    That's good! They are very closely related :)

    That's too funny :p
     
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