So my tank is too small for a Tang.... but what next?

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    Beth Maroney New Member

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    I feel like tank space for Tangs is a hot topic, but I rarely hear of alternative suggestions. I’m planning way in advance what fish is like to have so that I can put the appropriate fish in first/last etc. I have a RS E260 and is like to have one larger bodied fish similar to a tang. I love angelfish, and I know there are some who are ok in a tank my size, but I know they’re not reef safe. Thoughts? Opinions?
     
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    I believe you can have an angelfish in your tank but it has to be a small one, like the pygmy angels, coral beauty or flame angel.


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    Do you have any interest in a fairy and flasher wrasse tank?

    I believe the tank is 70 gallons?

    Can you tell us a little more about your coral goals and what type of smaller fish you like?

    There are few smaller fish more colorful then a flame angel fish. But they are not always coral friendly as they mature.

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    If the tank is 70 gallons you can easily put a Hippo tang in there. I have had quite a few and the first one was in a 40 gallon tank. He lived 10 years but after the first few years he was transferred to a 100 gallon tank.
     
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    The key thing here is that you made a big tank upgrade a few years in. If the OP is not in a position to do that, then tangs should be avoided.
     
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