Powder Brown Tangs

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by yellojello, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    I'm really set on a Powder Brown Tang, but I've read more failure rates over the web rather than success. It seems a QT is a must. But has anyone got any on BAR or has had success in the past? Any tips, or should I avoid?

    Just FYI about my livestock:

    120g 4x2x2
    (listed in order by introduction date to tank)
    4 chromies
    1 midas blenny
    1 purple firefish
    2 saddleback clowns
    1 helfrichi firefish
    1 yellow clown goby
    1 radiant wrasse

    planning on adding:
    Powder Brown Tang
    then Yellow Tang (this will be the last fish)
  2. andrew

    andrew Guest

    u should be fine as long as u add it first before any other tang.but when i had one he was very mean..u should try atlantic blue tang,kinda cheap very peace ful and great color..but should add first if u add any other tangs.
  3. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    I asked a couple of veteran reef keepers in San Diego about powder brown tangs.

    Here is the response from the 300-gallon tank's keeper:
    I have one that is a beautiful fish. He is the boss of my six tangs, for sure. He does swim quite a lot, but seems very happy. I have rarely seen any ich on him and he is generally very healthy. I don't believe they are all that much more difficult to keep than any other tang. Lots of veggies and plenty of swimming room.

    Here's the one from the 115-gallon tank's keeper:
    i haven't had luck with these guys. just make sure you get one that is aggressively eating, the 2 i have attempted just wouldn't start eating and died.
  4. Matt_Wandell

    Matt_Wandell Honorary Member

    Big difference between the 2 species called "Powder Brown Tang". A. nigricans is super touchy and should be avoided. A. japonicus is certainly not the easiest of fish, but is generally much hardier and easier to take care of.

    This is A. japonicus (better choice), the nicer looking fish IMO.

    This is A. nigricans (best to avoid).

    Note that A. nigricans has a much smaller white area under the eye. This is the easiest way to spot the difference between the two right away.
  5. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I say add the two tangs at the same time. This will help even the playing field for dominance between the two. Be sure to offer plenty of food. A well fed fish is less angry!
  6. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    Thanks for the tips guys. Makes it possible. I'll just have to wait until I find one in an LFS, and observe their behavior.
  7. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I have a nigricans in my 300 that I've had for several weeks. Feeds very well on all offered foods (pellets and frozen). You can come check it out if you're in the area.
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    The question really is, will the Yellow not fight with the Powder Brown ;)

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