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Old 12-31-2003, 08:20 PM   #1
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Mean Yellow Tang, HELP!

I just bought a "butterfly" fish and my yellow tang hates his guts. Tang keeps chasing him around the tank. I have a 55 gal. and already tried moving the rocks around but the chasing is still going on. Any suggestions out there? Thanks a bunch

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Old 12-31-2003, 08:32 PM   #2
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Those darn yellow tangs can be a lot more aggressive than people seam to think they are. I would act pretty quickly, butterflys are extremely picky and if the tang gets him good with that tail of his to many times you may have a case of ich on your hands, not to mention the stress. If I thought the butterfly could fight back I would advise you to leave them alone. My tang always would mellow out after he got nipped back, but how is a butterfly supposed to nip hard enough to make a point? Also I've never personally owned a butterfly so make sure to get some other opinions. Maybe stick one in a QT tank for a bit until you figure out what to do.

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Old 12-31-2003, 10:38 PM   #3
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Tangs are very aggressive toward any fish that resembles them either in color or body shape. Especially if the tang has been in the tank long enough to establish a territory. I'd take the tang out for a while, rearrange the rock, and give the butterfly time to establish its own territory. You might be able to have them both in the tank that way. One thing I should point out is that a 55 isn't really large enough for long term housing of a yellow tang...you need at least a 75 g tank. Also, due to their agressive nature, tangs are usually the last fish added to the tank. Is returning the butterfly an option?
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Old 01-01-2004, 12:40 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice to both of you. I did place the tang in a quarantine tank just for a short time, if this does not work then butterfly has to go back to pet shop.
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