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Old 12-29-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Help! Powder Blue Tang fight with Copperband

Hey All,

I have a powder blue tang that has been in my tank about 8 months now, I just put in a copper banded butterfly tonight and from the second I put him in the tank the powder blue has been on attack.

I don't know why the powder blue even cares, but I am worried he is going to stress out and kill the copperband.

Is there anything I can do?

Thease are my 2 favorite fish and I was hoping to be able to keep them both, but obviously with them fighting one of them is going to loose..

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Old 12-29-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Well...powder blues do tend to be a fairly aggressive fish...how big is he, by the way? Looks like full sized they're recommended to be in around 120 gallon tank - smaller than that could definitely explain some territorial behavior...

I would suggest getting the copper band out of there: those fish are tough enough to keep alive in captivity WITHOUT the stress of a tang beating it up.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:05 AM   #3
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You could try rearranging the rockwork, but if that doesn't work I would definitely return one of them.
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The powder blue will get worse with aggression as it gets bigger. A friend of mine had 1 in her 180 and had to get sell it....and she would only sell it to someone with a 220 or bigger tank. If this is in the 90g in your sig, that tank is way too small and things will keep getting worse.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:30 PM   #5
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Ive read that tangs can be agressive, but I've never actually seen one be. Both of the are about 3"

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Old 12-31-2011, 12:05 AM   #6
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Well, I put the tang in my 20 gal fuge, which has nothing but sand and a couple rocks in it.

I figure I'll leave him there for 3-4 days ths put him back in the main tank, hopefully he'll cool off by then, otherwise I'll probably end up selling him back to the lfs. Which I hate to do, but if he's going to do this to every new fish then he's got to go..

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He is very small and very aggressive I know it is a hard decision to make but you not only have to do what is right for the fish but also the health of your tank.
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Well, I left the tang in the sump for 3 days, then as soon as I put him back in the main tank, he went straight after the copperband.

I put him back in the sump/fuge. But I guess he's going to go back to the LFS (I'll get a fraction of what I paid for him), but what choice do I have?

I dont know if it's just because they are about the same size, or what but its sad as the powder blue a nd the copperband are my two favorite fish..

I also hate to get rid of the powder blue that has done good in my tank for 6+ months, when I don't know if the copperband will live, as I know copper bands are near impossible to keep alive!! But of the two, I do like the copper band alittle more and I'm afraid if I keep the powder blue, it won't matter what new fish I get he will attack them.

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