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I read/here quite often that Tangs aren't very colorful, pretty etc. What's up with that. I know that most of these comparisons are Tangs Vs. Malawis and victorians but, imo, the colors in my favorite tangs are not only vibrant but very well placed as well.

Obviously a yellow lab is brighter and more saturated than a N. Stappersi for example but. But are naysayers really looking at the stappersi? There is purple and definition in brown bars and green hues and golds. Much more interesting looking than Labidichromis or any victorian I can think of.

Also, other than that long dorsal fin, the calling card of all cichlidae, tanganyikans display colors in several body styles and shapes.

This isn't a Tanagnyikans are better than Malawis and Victorians post (Even though they are! :lol: ) I just think I would have been easily discouraged as a beginner in the hobby, back in the day, if someone said, "If you want color, get Malawi, if you want behavior go tanganyikan."

When anyone interested in getting into the hobby asks me I say to them,"If you want to keep freshwater fish as unique, intelligent (For fish anyway), diverse and stunning as marine fish than you gotta go tang!"

It's true they have more in the behavior department than they do in the color department but this doesn't mean they aren't colorful. Heck, a Fancy goldfish is more colorful than just about every tanganyikan cichlid (Just about) But nobody in their right mind (Goldfish Hobbyists are not in their right mind- :lol: ) would say that they are better looking than a colored up Calvus!

Anybody with me here?
 

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I may be just getting in to the tangs but i would have to agree. I have 2 tanks one is a mixed show tank and the other is a brand new Tang tank with some multies and nigrinnis in it so far. I have only had the fish in it for a week and i just love them...every i walk by the tank im lookin at the shells to see one of the little guys peeking their heads out then diving back in. Playful fighting but not killing each other like my peacocks and vics. I've had the mixed tank for 8 years or so with may variations on the fish it has. One thing that has bugged me lately is how common they all have become. Still very pretty. Still very fun to watch but something is missing. Maybe a bit of character? or maybe its the fact that almost every single store i go in has the exact same fish...over and over and over again. Colorful overpriced peacocks. Mis-named vics. Hybrid junk fish. The tangs are really appealing to me right now. More unique body shapes. Im dealing with breaders not LFS to get them. Its like being part of a special club. The color is there..but its a bit more mute. Well...a lot more. But it just doesnt seem as needed. With other fish if they arent showing color they are boring and just hide in the corner. or get the **** beaten out of them.

Well i rambled on long enough...lol
 

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Disclaimer...I still love my mixed tank...Great fish, and I still love them. But the Tang tank is making me appreciate them more. It's a nice contrast.
 

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Sometimes the prettiest girls just bore you senseless and the one you fall for is less obviously attractive but great company. :wink:
 

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Comparisons between cichlids and girlfriends aside, I agree with you 100%. Every time someone posts about "silver minnows" as the stereotype for tangs, I have to start posting pictures:





Not that my P&S camera can do these fish justice, but there's no monochrome in my tanks! :popcorn:
 

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nice pic of the cyp triscuit! I bought some at my LFS and the cashier said they looked plain. I told her to just wait and I'll come back with pictures. She couldn't believe it was the same fish. Then again the blue background in all the tanks at my LFS kind of wash the color out of the fish. And is the second pictures speciosus? Love those!
 

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Thanks! I got that cyp from my WC group that had no YT males. :dancing: He's now the star of my cyp breeding operation, though there's still one cranky old (7+ years) WC male that claims a third of the tank. And the second shelly is a stappersi- the speckles give it away :thumb: Fabulously pretty fish, but brutally tempered. They chased and killed each other in a 4ft tank. :roll:

The only "plain" tangs I've seen (after they're settled and grown) are -you're going to laugh- leleupi. Yes, they are yellow, but there's no shading or subtlety or shimmer in them. :lol:
 

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I'd have to say, as far as color is concerned, nothing can beat malawis. But what really has me interested in tangs is not only their subtle beauty, but how variable in behavior and body shape they are. It's not like malawis where you have haps/peacocks and mbuna as pretty much the only varieties; with tangs you can have sand sifters, cyps, altolamps, featherfins, etc, and many can be kept together in the same tank.
 

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Since I only have a 29gal tank my options were limited as far as fish choice. When I found multis they just seemed like a great idea. What I really like is their color. The contrast between the blue eyes and the browns in the body are striking. I appreciate that contrast more than having a solid yellow body...
 

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Sorry, but I am afraid that we will have to agree to disagree :D Blue and green: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1279 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1100 Purple: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... php?id=737 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1460 Yellow and blue: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1030 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1239 Red: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1313 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1369 and some more: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... php?id=685 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1410 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1218 , http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1008 . Please realize I didn't say that tangs weren't colorful. I said in my opinion that the color of malawis was generally superior and the draw tangs have for me personally is subtle beauty, behavior, and interesting body shape. Your fish are stunning, and I'd love to have all of those fish in my tanks, but I still fail to see how tangs as a whole are more colorful than malawis, or how malawis are just blue and yellow.
 

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What is that blue lipped yellow fish? That is weird.Never seen that before.
At the end of the day, each to their own. Some people like cats and dogs, I don't. We are all different which is what keeps the world such an interesting place.
 

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Mr Mbuna said:
What is that blue lipped yellow fish? That is weird.Never seen that before.
At the end of the day, each to their own. Some people like cats and dogs, I don't. We are all different which is what keeps the world such an interesting place.
Ps Williamsi North Makonde
Here is another picture of two breeding...


I keep Tangs too.
Honestly I think that the colors of Mbuna are the best of any group of Cichlids.
Some Tangs I will admit are interesting...some.

Another colorful (?) Tang... :p
 

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I think colorful can be bland, and subtle can be exquisite. I think of Malawis as throw pillows- you know, a nice splash of color but not very useful. :lol: The color palate of Tangs is broader and much more intricate than other cichlids. I mean, really- how would you put on makeup? Paint a room? If you want folks to think you're a bawdy fruitcake, go with the Malawi style. :p
 

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Pardon my ignorance but what is this fish?

oops I see you just answered this. Interesting fish.
Ps Williamsi North Makonde never come across that one must check it out.

On red for Tangs maybe this is more red?



But then with image handling we can make anything change colour. :wink:
 

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But funny enough I do agree with folk who say its far easier to pack a lot of colour into a 75g with Malawis (Specifically dwarf Mbuna) than with Tangs.
On average they are hardier and put up with mistakes better. Main prob with them is the LFSs here are packed with such poor ones and not cheap iether.
Advice to any beginner, find your local cichlid club ASAP.
Hobbiest Malawi cichlids are on average cheaper and better than local fish store stuff.
They can tell you your local decent shops and supliers too.

All the best James
 

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triscuit said:
I think colorful can be bland, and subtle can be exquisite. I think of Malawis as throw pillows- you know, a nice splash of color but not very useful. :lol: The color palate of Tangs is broader and much more intricate than other cichlids. I mean, really- how would you put on makeup? Paint a room? If you want folks to think you're a bawdy fruitcake, go with the Malawi style. :p
=D> :dancing: =D> :dancing: =D>
Bawdy fruitcake, Is that a new species of peacock?
 
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