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Rather than ask "How big of a tank do I need for XXX", where XXX generally is a tang, I'll ask this:

 

What nice colored, active fish can I get for a 24x24 tank?

How about a 36x24?

 

Please don't tell me to google it, I'm interested in peoples opinions of why a fish is interesting and if they have had any experience with it.

 

I'm looking at a shallow tank (12" probably) if that matters.

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It depends on your answer to some other questions. Are there any other fish in the tank? What are your future stocking plans? Do you plan on having coral?

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most of the wrasses are great and very active, I love flasher wrasse and yellow coris wrasse. Clowns are obviously a great choice as well.

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What nice colored, active fish

 

Tough to beat the coloration and unique activity of a sixline wrasse. One of my favorites despite it's commonality.

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It depends on your answer to some other questions. Are there any other fish in the tank? What are your future stocking plans? Do you plan on having coral?

The tank doesn't exist yet, so no. Right now I'm trying to decide if it is worth getting a 36" wide tank vs a 24" (which I already own). If it opened the door to considerably cooler fish, I'd consider it. If not, might was well roll with what I got. Yes, it will be a reef. Should have thought to mention that.

 

most of the wrasses are great and very active, I love flasher wrasse and yellow coris wrasse. Clowns are obviously a great choice as well.

Cool, thanks. I think most of these would be okay in either tank, right?

 

Just to ask. How many gallons is it?

24x24x12 ~ 30 gallons

36x24x12 ~ 45 gallons

Not that it matters :)

 

Tough to beat the coloration and unique activity of a sixline wrasse. One of my favorites despite it's commonality.

Agreed, six lines are cool. They in rocks mostly, or do they do some open-space swimming.

 

School of cardinalfish. Maybe Orange Lined Cardinals or Blue Streak Cardinals.

Are these open-space swimmers or loiterers?

 

Edit: typo

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i have a 55g tank. my 6 line wrasse swims the whole tank, very fast fish. he jumped out the tank few months ago, when i found him he barely alive/moving. i put him back in the tank, by next morning, he was back to normal. 6line maybe an ubiquitous fish, but he is a good swimmer with good colors, and good price. make sure you have a lid on the tank.

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Just to ask. How many gallons is it?
Doesn't matter, he gave lengths. When determining what active fish you can keep its more about how long the tank is, not the volume. Volume matters for total bioload, but not what specifically you can keep.

 

I'd go for the 36" tank and get a lemonpeel angel, or whatever your dwarf angel of choice is. There's not much that equals the visibility (combo of size and colors) and the activity level of a dwarf angel. A fairy or flasher wrasse would be a nice choice too. Don't get a sixline. They're evil little fish.

 

The 24" tank will limit you to relatively static fish. Sure, they'll be visible all of the time, but they wont be active swimmers. I would suggest a group of cardinals for the 24" tank.

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I suppose a tang would be a no-no for the 36" long tank?
If it's really wide (like 36x24) and at least 15" tall or more I'd say you could get away with a bristletooth tang like a mimic or a kole, but I wouldn't recommend it. Tangs get big and are a very high-bioload fish. Plus they're aggressive. You'd be better served by a dwarf angel for an active, big, dramatically colored fish without the bioload.
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36x12x12 is around 22 gal.

The 24x24x12 is around 30 gal. Just thought this might help a bit.

I miss typed earlier, meant 36x24x12~45gal, not 36x12x12.

Either way, not sure it's relevant here.

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I'd argue that the 36'x24' could keep a small kole happy for a while (a while being longer than most people keep aquariums running).

 

I think a better question would be how many people have kept a single fish in a nano for longer than 1.5 years.

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Not a rare fish, but I love my Fire Fish, standard variety. He is almost always hanging in front moving around searching out anything that floats by and checking for edibility. He is a pig, moves very fast when feeding, is pretty and is visible pretty much 100% of the time the lights are on. Not sure in a bigger environment how much exploring he would do but does seem to like open water, we have a few big caves that are about 1/2 tank height and he almost never goes in them so I assume given more space he would just move more in the open water... I have a BC29 so he is kinda limited in terms of where to go.

 

Also pretty cheap for the flash he provides. Unsure if they like each other, but if they tolerate or swim together a few of these would be more than affordable and very cool..... could be bad mojo, you would need to look this up as I have no idea about infighting.

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Sorry it does matter a bit. I also think a kole needs a 4' or larger tank bt maybe with the depth it mite be ok. I like small fish myself and if it up to me I'd go the route of a helfrichi again. Mine is always out swimming around.

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Sorry it does matter a bit. I also think a kole needs a 4' or larger tank bt maybe with the depth it mite be ok. I like small fish myself and if it up to me I'd go the route of a helfrichi again. Mine is always out swimming around.

Why does it matter? Not being argumentative, just curious why you feel it matters.

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The cardinals are loiterers.. wrasses are the one of the best open space swimmers..Midas blennies are good as well.

 

wrasse a very active. midas blennys are as well, but they like to take rests on powerheads and rocks everynow and then. my cardinal (copper) is pretty active, but it's not much compared to wrasse.

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Well if you went with a bigger fish bio load and teritory will matter. A coris wrasse doesn't belong in a 20 IMO either do Pygmy angels and many other species. So it kinda matters.

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Bioload I'll buy as a concern, regarding volume, but lets put it aside, since no one fish is going to overload the system.

 

30 is the min tank size we are talking about.

 

What is more important when conidering territorial issues: volume or foot print? I'd think having a large footprint would be the most important thing, but I could be wrong.

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