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Old 06-29-2003, 12:43 AM   #1
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powder blue tang acting oddly

So we just got a new powder blue tang for our new tank. Its in there with an orange clown fish and a magenta dotty back. Since the tang was put into the tank hes been swimming in one corner nose down. It will sometimes swim up in the corner or along the sand on the bottom but never out in the middle of the tank even when we feed them. I was thinking it may be a ballast problem but have been reading stuff on them liking places to hide. Any ideas?
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Old 06-29-2003, 01:34 AM   #2
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What size tank? How long has the tank been set up? How much live rock is in the system?
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Old 06-29-2003, 01:36 AM   #3
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Its a 50 gallon tank. Its been set up for about 5 monthes but this is the first time weve had anything live in it besides dinner and no live rock. I really know nothing about fish, its my husbands tank. Just trying to help out.
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Old 06-29-2003, 01:49 PM   #4
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Powder blue's are pretty much at the top of the list as far as hard to keep tangs go. I would not recommend them for new set ups. In fact many don't even acclimate well in established mature tanks.

Given the size of the tank and lack of available places for the tang to hide, I would say it is extremely stressed. Chances are very high in these cases that the animal will not survive. It also won't take long for the dottyback and/or the clowns to take advantage and start harrasing the tang.

Best advice in this situation is to return the tang. I can see no other way to solve this....

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I agree, he sounds stressed.
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but this is the first time weve had anything live in it besides dinner
I am extremely curious about this statement, could you elaborate.
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Check your water peramiters. With those three fish bing the first acuall boload in the tank you might have issues with ammonia. Expectally if its been 5 months since you set it up.

Tanks need vegie matter in their diet. Feed it algae sheets from your LFS or find some dried nori and feed that by using one of those lettice clips.
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Kind of a small tank for any tang...especially a powder blue. When I designed my system I changed my plans from a 50 to a 65 gallon because my son wanted a yellow tang.
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dinner

My husband has had crabs, oysters and a few prawn in the tank for a bit before he got around to cooking them.

The tang seems to be doing better today. Swimming more in the middle of the tank rather than the corners. We got some cave like rocks for him to hide near.

The other fish dont seem to bother him or vise versa. Our clown fish is usually near by though.

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ok....now that i feel very foolish and found out my powder blue is actually a royal (hippo) tang... he seems to have been doing better even though sometimes hell suddenly flip on his side and swim like that for a bit. is that normal? Im still rather worried.
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