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Old 10-06-2005, 10:30 AM   #1
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a friend was tearing down his fish only tank and gave me his old archllies tang. i added it to my 75 gallon reef and right away the lavender tang started picking on it. when i got home from work the aggresion seemed to have stopped and the archilles was eating norii from my clip.

then this morning I found the archilles, fins tattered vertical behind a rock. my assupmtion was of course that the other tang had battered him throughout the night, even though the aggresion had seemed to stop. i put the archilles in my sump until I got a quarentine tank using my existing tanks water set up. i set up the 20 gallon with a salinity of 1.021 and acclimated the archllies to that and put him there.

any ideas of how to treat this tang, they seem really tricky.
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your tank is too small for that fish. your tank is too small for two large tangs period. There will always be aggression between the two of them. Achilles are difficult as it is, your best bet would be to find a store with a LARGE display tank that might be willing to take it.
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Totally agree. Tank too small
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well the bad part is, unfourtanently, there is no LFS that has a large display that wants an Archllies Tang, my friend and I have contacted several and none are interested in taking it for display or sale purposes. Basically the options are the tang which is about 3 inches (so I think the 75 gallon will be alright for now). The options are rather simple attempt to get the archllies tang to live in my reef for the time being or let it die, and being that just letting a fish die is pretty disguisting and cruel for someone who is a hobbyist in this arena I have elected to give it a chance in my aquarium.

I have contacted the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium about taking this fish and am waiting for thier response.
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I can fully understand the nature of what you did. You wanted to help your friend, and this fish. That is commendable. Unfortunately, sometimes when we try to help, we can create bigger problems. I have said this to other people in the same situation. You upset the status quo in your own tank, sometimes this happens, sometimes it doesnt, but everytime you introduce a fish into your tank, you take the risk, for both yours and the newcomer. I see you did not mention quarantine before introducing the fish either, that is just another aspect to the risk.
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Hey Macman..

It seems you have a bit of a problem right now. Of course the two tangs are too much. If you cant get rid of it yet, see if you can get one of those clear deviders with holes in it from the lfs and part your tank. If you cant find one, go to lowes or homedepot and get a peice of plexiglass drill some holes for water flow and devide the tank. While it is devided maybe you can find someone online that is close with a big enough tank.....
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yeah I didnt quarentine mainly since I help my friend with his reef tank and his house is like .5 miles from mine and I knew his fish was healthy
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what did your friend do with his tank?
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well he moved out of the area, down to washington D.C. - as far as I know he kept it and plans on setting it up again some other time once he has had some time to settle.

*update on the tang* I went home before class to check on the poor guy and he seems pretty bad off. His sides are roughed up and his top and bottom fins are carnage. He will swim around normally for a short time then lay on his side than flat against the bare bottom of the tank. My assumption so far is to treat him with stress treatment, as I dont see any parasites or any signs of disease.

I plan to add mela fix and stress coat to help repair his tattered fins and the stress coat should help vamp his slime coat which seems to be somewhat in distress at the moment. That is of course if he lives another few hours, at this point I dont know. The good news is I think I found this guy a new home with one of my clients in a get this - 900 gallon reef, if he can make it through his current situation. Any ideas please let me know as I really would rather this fish the earth paradise in the form of the 900 gallon reef rather than the big tank in the sky!!!
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P.S. does anyone know if archellies tangs swim in the manner described above (laying flat on thier sides). I have seen hippo tangs swim this way but am unsure about the archllies.
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