Maroon Clowns & P Brown Tang (A. Japonicus)

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  1. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

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    I am considering purchasing a Powder Brown Tang to keep in my SPS only tank, which houses a pair of small 2 inch (for now) Maroon Clowns only.

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    (1) Has anyone successfully kept tangs with mated pair of maroons long term? (I know @Coral reefer probably knows the answer but I thought I'd put this question out there).

    (2) Anyone successfully keep a Powder Brown Tang? I read in WWM that A. Japanicus is a little more successful in aquaria than A. Nigricans. I like the look of Acanthurus tangs. I have a Powder Blue that eats like a pig in my nem/LPS tank and gets along with my Yellow Tang. I want to keep one Acanthurus in each of my 2 tanks.
     
  2. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I can't successfully keep a pair of Maroon clowns. One always kills the other. You wonder how that these idiots survived evolution with that trait.
     
  3. Kensington Reefer

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    how large is the tank with the maroons?
    In general, I try to discourage the addition of a single fish to an established system.
     
  4. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

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    Have lots of fry and see which 2 survive. I think mine only survived because one of them was really aggressive and the other really submissive so they came to an understanding before they killed each other.


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  5. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

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    48x24x20

    cycling for 2 months. Maroons moved to tank from fuge less than 1 month...they are still hiding.


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  6. Kensington Reefer

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    Cycling schmycling!
    Water changes...large and often
    The sooner you get the other fish in there the less time the clowns have to get teratorial and get down to their fishy business
     
  7. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

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    Erin, yes "cycling scmycling"! The cycle on my 200g system was fast with Dr. Tims and then Prodibio Biodigest/Bioptim and huge water changes with cheap Instant Ocean. [weekly 20% WCs with RC now]. I was not sure whether to plumb my SPS tank to my existing system, so I started cycling it while I was on a Cancun vacay. Decided to plumb everything together, so cycling was no big deal. [300g+ system now]. The SPS frags I got from Mike are really happy in their "new" tank with the Maroons. Just ordered from LiveAquaria (shipping special) a P Brown Tang with a Scopas Tang to tag team against the Maroons in case they decide to claim more territory.
     
  8. tankguy

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    Why would you order those fish when you can get them locally?
     
  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

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    Is that tank big enough for a powder brown Tang? I know I'm one to talk since I've got an Achilles in a 48x30x20.
     
  10. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

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    Ordered them with a small Maxima Clam that I could not find anywhere locally. Needed $30 more for free shipping. The only LFS within a reasonable drive is Aquarium Concepts...I checked last week and it was still closed. Dealing with 580 traffic in Pleasanton/Dublin (regardless of time of day) is insane, so it's a major journey to leave the TriValley for other LFS.


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    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

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    Any problems with room for your Achilles? I think the Powder Brown will be a similar size.

    I have a 5.5 inch Powder Blue in a 48x30x30 and it seems to have enough room and uses power heads like treadmills.


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  12. Flagg37

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    I think he does alright. As expected he's a bit of a bully but I think that's more a species trait and not from being cramped.
     
  13. livingwaterplanet

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    Foxface and Yellow Tang stand up to the Powder Blue, which was a bully when it moved in but Foxface showed its spines and Yellow Tang showed that it also has its own scalpels. Now the "Big Three" all get along and even feed together peacefully on the nori trough.


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  15. Coral reefer

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    Wow, really?!? Lemme know when you want it to come live at my house
     
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    Aquatic collection is worth the drive. Trust me
     
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    That day may come.
     
  18. Coral reefer

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    Fixed that for you. Seriously tho, I want one. If I don't get one before it outgrows your tank I'd be interested.
     
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    I've heard stories of them being really obnoxious, so I'm happy with him just being a little bit of a jerk. We'll see how he gets as he gets older/bigger.
     
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    My house is closer!


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