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Old 03/08/2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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20+ year old tangs

Short videos of 3 Zebrasoma sp tangs purchased in 1994.

Sailfin Tang, Z. veliferum http://youtu.be/x-Ycbwc7xnA
Yellow Tang, Z. flavescens http://youtu.be/eb9MbmygdjY
Purple Tang, Z. xanthurum http://youtu.be/GClHNbmDQiU


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Old 03/08/2014, 09:40 PM   #2
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I take it these are your fish. They all look fat and healthy. Good Job. What size tank are they in?


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Old 03/08/2014, 10:09 PM   #3
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Dude that is amazing! Must be very rewarding for you.


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Old 03/08/2014, 10:52 PM   #4
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Outstanding. This is what I aspire to.


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Old 03/09/2014, 08:24 AM   #5
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Thank you ya'all! FYI they get fed New Life Spectrum Marine Pellets and occasionally some frozen food. They started off together in a 75 gallon tank that was upgraded to a 90 corner in 2000. The Yellow Tang is still in the 90 but the Purple has been moved to a 110 and the Sailfin has just recently been moved to a 8' long 240.

An interesting note on the Sailfin is it was very happy in the 90 corner. In fact, one of the more interesting behaviors it demonstrated was recognition of strangers and very typical display behavior trying to chase the "intruder" away. The reason for moving it was not that it was acting skittish being in such a small tank for it's size but that it was very dominate and it was impossible to keep the smaller fish fed properly without the Sailfin getting overweight. It also took an inordinately long time to adjust to the 240 which I attribute to the much higher foot traffic the 240 has in front of it. I don't know how anthropomorphic I'm being but I suspect it's because instead of having to chase an occasional "intruder" away it was having to deal with multiple "intruders" on a daily basis coupled with being in totally unfamiliar territory and being old enough it was set in it's ways.


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Old 03/09/2014, 08:34 AM   #6
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Fascinating, and a job well done. You say they all date back to, 1994 was it? Were they all bought at the exact same time? if so, that must be a record for one purchase. Interesting that the sailfin has apparently maxed out at only 12". Hah, only! Somewhat smaller than the books say, though of course is a sample size of just one.


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Old 03/09/2014, 10:47 AM   #7
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Good point.

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Fascinating, and a job well done. You say they all date back to, 1994 was it? Were they all bought at the exact same time? if so, that must be a record for one purchase. Interesting that the sailfin has apparently maxed out at only 12". Hah, only! Somewhat smaller than the books say, though of course is a sample size of just one.
Did some research on this, not unusual for fish to be less than max size and still be perfectly healthy. Just natural variation with some influence from its environment. I wish we had access to more stats regarding the deviation.


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Old 03/09/2014, 10:54 AM   #8
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Very impressive, nice run.


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Old 03/09/2014, 11:06 AM   #9
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Welldone timfish!
That's inspiring.


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Old 03/09/2014, 11:09 AM   #10
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Old 03/09/2014, 11:27 AM   #11
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Wow..incredible. Congrats! Beautiful Tangs!


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Old 03/09/2014, 12:56 PM   #12
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Absolutely gorgeous, healthy fish! Congrats to you for such success!


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Old 03/19/2014, 01:07 AM   #13
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Wow! That yellow tang is a fatty-bo-batty!!


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Old 03/19/2014, 04:34 AM   #14
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Great post awesome fish 20 years WOW gratz!!! Now that just goes to show minimum tank requirements on tangs is way off.


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Old 03/19/2014, 05:17 AM   #15
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Congrats on your success. This was a great video to watch!


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Old 03/19/2014, 05:31 AM   #16
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Congratulations on your success. Other than having good husbandry, what are your secrets


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Old 03/19/2014, 05:41 AM   #17
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Great achievement, especially having three at that age.


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Old 03/19/2014, 05:45 AM   #18
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That's great!! Congrats on your success. Here's to 20+ more years.


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Old 03/19/2014, 05:51 AM   #19
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That's awesome! Love seeing/reading stories like these. Great job!


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Old 03/19/2014, 11:21 AM   #20
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Nice. So I guess my sailfin is just a baby at 8 years. Do you recall when the sailfin stopped growing. Mine is only 7.5 inches long.


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Old 03/19/2014, 12:00 PM   #21
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Amazing! 20+ years... My oldest fish has been with us over 7 years and it's a goldfish .


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Old 03/19/2014, 06:23 PM   #22
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That's sick , 1 thought a 1 1/2 was good for having all my fish I started with lol


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Old 01/18/2015, 07:33 PM   #23
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Very impressive! Gratz!


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Old 01/18/2015, 10:24 PM   #24
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Very impressive! Congratulations. Whatever your doing keep it up!!!!

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Old 01/21/2015, 02:23 AM   #25
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Very interesting and encouraging.

Have recently been wondering how much longer I could expect my purple tang to live. It has been in the current tank about 12 years and I must have had it at least 3 years prior to that. Looks like I can hope for a few more years. A big (and now completely black) blue velvet damsel must be pretty close to that age as well. Both of those even survived a power outage that killed 1/2 the fish in the tank (but strangely no corals).

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