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ReeferKeith 12/18/2006 11:44 PM

Anyone have an Indian Mimic Tang?
 
I have been considering adding one to my 90. I would love to see some pics and hear your opinions on this fish. I wanted an Ebli Angel but I am not a fan of fish that [I]may [/I] nip corals as I hate to catch and remove fish. Are they as pretty in person as they are in the Scott Michael Marine Fishes book? Thanks!

Gary Majchrzak 12/18/2006 11:50 PM

Beautiful fish, but they outgrow the yellow stripes. Look here:

[url]http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=12782&genusname=Acanthurus&speciesname=tristis[/url]

ReeferKeith 12/19/2006 12:01 AM

Ah, I was wondering if their coloration changed from juvi to adult. Thanks Gary. They are certainly pretty drab as an adult. I was looking for not so common tang that doesn't get overly large with a good disposition. Any other suggestions?

Gary Majchrzak 12/19/2006 12:07 AM

For a 90 reef?
It depends on your other fishes, too...

ReeferKeith 12/19/2006 12:11 AM

Currenty I have a Fanged Blenny, Mandarin, 2 Ocellaris. I am looking for something thats not so "run of the mill" if ya know what I mean.

Gary Majchrzak 12/19/2006 12:15 AM

How about a purple Zebrasoma, Convict or a Powder Brown?
A lot of the Bristletooth ([I]Ctenochaetus[/I]) Tangs are unusual great choices.
A Tomini Tang might just fit into your community setting.

ReeferKeith 12/19/2006 12:22 AM

I like the Convict idea, I don't recall seeing those at all around here, and they are a pretty fish. Does their coloration change as they mature? I also like the Bristletooth idea, I'll research more of them. Thank ya!

Kahuna Tuna 12/19/2006 12:31 AM

I would choose a bristletooth for sure in a 90, I really like the chevron tangs myself. That family stays fairly small and is one of the most peaceful.

ReeferKeith 12/19/2006 12:44 AM

After digging up a few old threads and articles about the Bristletooths, I am definitely going to go with one of them. If anyone is interested in reading about them I dug up a good article. [url=http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ctenocha.htm]Ctenochaetus[/URL] Now its time to go down to the good ole LFS and see what they can order in for me. Thanks all!

jda 12/19/2006 10:45 AM

Chocolate mimic is by far my favorite tang (and I have a lot of them). The adult is absolutely beautiful with a nice bluish rim around the fins. They look great under reef lighting.

You can see mine in this terrible pic. He is just above the black tang.

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/jdadams12/IMG_2921.jpg[/IMG]

SDguy 12/19/2006 11:00 AM

Go with a Tomini. I love mine. The brown has a steel blue sheen to it, and the face/body is covered with tiny orange spots/lines. And of course the graphic orange fin tips and white tail....a very unique fish, IMHO.

Kahuna Tuna 12/19/2006 11:05 AM

If you choose a bristletooth pay special attention to the mouth and make sure its not damaged, those fish are doomed. here's a pic of my binotatus.

[IMG]http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/1583two_spot_tang.jpg [/IMG]

jda- nice pic. I love my mimic too but he can be a little booger. I'm hoping he grows out of it since he is just a sub-adult. Is your mimic aggressive? Nice flagfin you there as well!

jda 12/19/2006 11:08 AM

My mimic has never been agressive at all. All of my fish get along. Most of the time they swim around together until I get close and then they go crazy.

People don't belive me, but I would sell the hybrid tangs, black, purples, PBT, etc. before the mimic.

D659600 12/19/2006 11:16 AM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8784195#post8784195 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by jda [/i]
[B]My mimic has never been agressive at all. All of my fish get along. Most of the time they swim around together until I get close and then they go crazy.

People don't belive me, but I would sell the hybrid tangs, black, purples, PBT, etc. before the mimic. [/B][/QUOTE]

I will but your hybrid and black. :lol:

Kahuna Tuna 12/19/2006 12:56 PM

jda- thanks for the info, maybe I just got an grouchy mimic. He doesn't go after any of my larger fish or my bristletooth but he will chase the blenny and harrass both of my wrasses from time to time.

SDguy- Those tomini are great fish, thats the one I really wanted but they can be hard to find. I see live aquaria has them now. They are the prettiest adult bristletooths for sure.

SDguy 12/19/2006 02:07 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8784980#post8784980 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Kahuna Tuna [/i]
[B]

SDguy- Those tomini are great fish, thats the one I really wanted but they can be hard to find. I see live aquaria has them now. They are the prettiest adult bristletooths for sure. [/B][/QUOTE]

I've tried unsuccessfully now for a while to capture the subtle colors/patterns with a photo, but no luck. He is CONSTANTLY moving, and very fast. I've also noticed some variability amongst individuals, so not sure I would mail order one unless it was WYSIWYG.

Here you can kind of see the spots/stripes I'm talking about on mine, but with the camera flash the overall body color looks too orangish/brown. Without the flash he is a blur :D :
[IMG]http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p5/SDreefguy/Fish%20Pics%2011-8-06/TominiTangcloseup.jpg[/IMG]

Kahuna Tuna 12/19/2006 07:21 PM

Awesome looking fish Peter!


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