Q&A Series #3: Can I Put a Tang in my Nano Reef Aquarium?


Our Question this week comes from Facebook fan Mario. Mario asked us "Can a put a tang in my nano reef aquarium?".

WARNING - Placing a Tang of any species in a small aquarium is hazardous to the health of the fish. Tangs in a nano tank is not a victimless crime.

This is something that raises a lot of debate in the hobby. The reason is many hobbyists feel a juvenile tang will thrive just fine in a nano reef aquarium. In reality, this is not the case. We do not recommend that you put a tang in a nano reef aquarium.

Typically, tangs can get quite large, anywhere from 10-15 or more inches long. If you purchase a juvenile tang for your nano reef aquarium, they will quickly outgrow the aquarium withing just a matter of months. Furthermore, a crowded and small aquarium will only decrease your chances for success and increase your chances for the dreaded "ICH" parasite.

Most responsible hobbyists, recommend a tank of at least 6 foot long. This will ensure the tang has plenty of room to grow and thrive. Also, this will provide plenty of room for the tang to graze. Being that tangs are herbivores, the more natural food sources you can provide, the better off you will be.

That wraps it up for this weeks Question and Answer video. Mario, we thank you for your question. If any of you other hobbyists have questions you would like answered on the Marine Depot Question and Answer video series, please send us an email to customercare@marinedepot.com or give us a call at 1-800-566-3474.