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Old 04-01-2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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Advice about my new Naso Tang...

On Friday I bought a Naso tang. He's looking healthy, swimming around my QT tank but hides when he sees me. Thing is, he doesn't eat. Wont take in any frozen food, no pellets and I cant tell if he's eating the seeweed or if it's just being broken up and sucked into the HOB filter.

No signs of ich at all.

Should I move him to the display so he can start feeling comfortable and picking at the rock at least? How long do I just let him starve in the QT before I move him? Should I not move him until he eats? I just wonder if my 30 inch QT is the thing stressing him out?
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:06 PM   #2
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Sounds like he's just scared and stressed from the move. Maybe more hiding spots if you choose to keep in QT.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:15 PM   #3
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I would not think the seaweed is being broken up unless the Naso is eating it. Any that I have ever purchased will go several hours with breaking up.

Could you pull a rock or two from your DT that has algae growing for it to peck on? If it ends up not showing signs of Ich, that rock could go back in with the Tang.


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Old 04-01-2015, 06:21 PM   #4
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Nope, my rockwork is covered in coral. My QT has about 10 pounds of rock in it but it's really clean. The naso is always picking at it though, like it wants to eat. I've attached nory sheets to the rock with elastic but have never seen him eat any. He could be eating but only when he doesn't sense motion outside, he seems quite shy still...

I don't know, maybe i'm over stressing...
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Sounds like you are the most stressed in the situation. If you start loosing scales or see white spots on your face, you should QT and dose copper based medication.
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:09 PM   #6
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A few of fish i bought were like this in qt. Keep him in qt because if there is anything wrong you will infect the rest of your tank.
Keep trying but with small amounts of food and keeping ammonia down.
Try bits of brine shrimp or mysis. Usually the first thing i can get them to eat!
Dont panic if he is trying to graze half the battle is already won!
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A Naso can go a lot longer than you might think without eating. At this point, I don't see a problem. Consider the perspective of this fish. He's freaked out from being transferred. I've had some fish seem right at home the first day in my tank, eating flakes. Others, like a Tomini Tang that took 2 months before he stopped pacing the tank endlessly. If you give him time, and have a 6 foot, hopefully 8 foot DT, he will settle down. Best thing you can do is leave him be.

I'd give him time to calm down and get hungry before overpolluting his water with food and causing an ammonia spike which will be devastating and a self fulfilling prophecy.
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i regretfully went through SIX naso before finding one that lasted more than 2 weeks. I have said in the past I would never try a fish more than twice but I just love the naso soo much I had to do it. The one I have currently is a big baby though, he swims away if I get close to the tank without food in my hand, he is scared of the firefish he is in with too. I find these fish to be extra particularly difficult to keep. I have four other tangs in my big tank, a hippo as well and they are the biggest stress/ich magnets out there, but this naso has them all beat. i can';t tell you how much sleep I've lost over the darn naso's. lol My advice would be to leave him where he is for as long as it takes for him to eat and look calm. eating is the number one thing, if you can get him eating you have half the battle won. Have you tried a mixture of all sorts of frozen food? Even the algae ones? One of them is bound to get his attention and once you find what he likes you can variate it to get him eating other things.
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Ya i felt the QT was stressing him out so i moved him to the 6 foot tank. He's swimming and actung normal but only grazes on rocks. Still wont take any frozen but im gonna keep trying.
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Mine was like that when I first got him. Now he will follow me around the tank and I can hand feed him almost anything. If he is picking at the rocks he is probably getting a tiny bit off them.


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