WHY ARE TANGS SOME OF THE BEST FISH FOR REEF TANKS?

Why Are Tangs Some of the Best Fish for Reef Tanks?
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated November 02, 2016
Tangs are not just some of the most brightly colored species of tropical saltwater fish - they are also great additions to the reef tank.
If you are looking for the perfect fish to add to your reef tank, you may want to consider tangs as an option. Also known as surgeonfish or doctorfish, tangs make a great addition to the reef tank for a number of reasons. Keep reading to learn more about tangs and for recommendations on the best reef-safe species of tang.

The Basics About Tangs

You are probably familiar with some of the most popular tang species such as the yellow tang and the blue tang, but there are many more species out there to love. Tangs are generally peaceful fish that do well in community tanks, though they can sometimes be aggressive with other tang species. In the wild, tangs swim in large schools but this requires a lot of space so it is best to keep a single tang or a breeding pair in your home aquarium. There are a wide variety of different tang species available in the aquarium trade, but most of them grow to a minimum of 7 inches and a maximum between 10 and 15 inches. In addition to their size, tangs are also very active swimmers so they need a fairly long tank with at least 48 inches of lateral swimming space.


Why Do Tangs Do Well in Reef Tanks?

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THE TOP 5 MOST COLORFUL CORALS FOR A SALTWATER TANK

The Top 5 Most Colorful Corals for a Saltwater Tank
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated November 02, 2016
With more than 2,000 different species of coral out there, how do you choose the right option for your tank? Keep reading to learn about the most colorful species of coral for your reef tank.
When you picture the Great Barrier Reef along the coast of Australia or the Rainbow Reef outside Fiji, what do you see? You probably imagine a great expanse of live rock and corals in every color of the rainbow, not to mention myriad species of colorful fish. If you admire the natural beauty of such ecosystems, you may be interested in cultivating your own miniature reef at home. To do so, however, you need to be intentional about how you set up your tank and you need to do your research before choosing your tank inhabitants to make sure everyone gets along. Keep reading to learn more about the most colorful corals you should consider adding to your tank.
 
What are the Different Types of Corals?

There are more than 2,500 different species of coral in the world and they are broken up into two main categories – hard corals and soft corals. Hard corals can be further separated into two different sub-groups, zooxanthellate corals and azooxanthellate corals. The former include shallow-water corals that play a major role in reef-building – these are also corals that depend on zooxanthellae algae as their main source of nutrition. The latter type, azooxanthellate corals, are commonly found in deep water, non-reef environments and in other isolated or colonial forms. These corals filter plankton out of the seawater that passes around them for their main source of nutrition. Below you will find a list of some of the various types of hard corals:

  • Pillar Coral –...

THE TOP 6 SPECIES FOR THE PLANTED TANK

The Top 6 Species for the Planted Tank
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated October 10, 2016
Some freshwater fish will eat their way through a planted tank in a matter of hours. If you want to cultivate a planted tank that also houses fish, consider some of these top six species.
Many aquarium hobbyists underestimate the amount of time and effort it takes to set up and maintain a thriving planted tank. Not only do you need to think carefully about which plants you want to grow, but you have to consider the right substrate, the filtration system, the water temperature, water chemistry, and even the arrangement of your plants. By the time you get all of those details figured out, you have probably forgotten all about your fish!

While it is true that there are some species of freshwater aquarium fish which are voracious plant-eaters and not recommended for planted tanks, there are just as many (or more) species which can do very well in a planted tank. Keep reading to learn more about the challenges associated with a planted tank and to receive recommendations for plant-friendly species and tips for their care.

What are the Challenges of Keeping a Planted Tank?

When you visit the pet store or see pictures of beautiful planted aquariums online, you may be amazed at the lush green color of the plants and the density in which they have grown. Tanks like these make it look easy, but keeping a planted tank healthy and thriving is not as simple as you might think. Aquarium plants are living things so they require certain nutrients in order to grow and thrive. The main nutrients that aquatic plants need are water (of course), light, and food. Plants are photosynthetic organisms which means that they use light as a source...

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