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Old 01-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Psycho Yellow Tang

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i purchased a yellow tang about a week ago
he does well, he eats like a champ anything i give him and he's super bright yellow no sign of Ich

but im semi-annoyed cause all he does all day long is stay in 1 corner of the aquarium and seems to be fighting his own reflection, is this normal behavior of a yellow tang or should i be worried ? like is he ever goin to give up eventually on trying to fight his reflection and go swim elsewhere ?

i linked a video of what he does

Yellow Tang reflection - YouTube


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Old 01-22-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I can't say if is normal or not but mine does it too. It's fairly new in my tank so hopefully it will change.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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Sorry, I know squat about tangs, but that's funny to watch!!
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:30 PM   #4
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I dont see any problem with him. If he is seeing a reflection then its perfectly normal for him to be territorial.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:34 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if its normal. I've had purple and black Tangs and they never did that. I'd be worried that it's stressing itself out over being territorial all the time.
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He litteraly does that from the moment my lights turn on till bed time exept for the 2-3 minutes i feed him lol it gets annoying i wish he would just swim normally like all the other fish
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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It could be stress induced which isn't good.

Are there any other tangs in there?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #8
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Nah only 2 clowns 1 cardinal 1 damsel 1 goby 1 blenny in a 75 gallons.

Maybe i should try catching him and exchange him for another one ?
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I know when people keep discus they will use white poster board to stop surface reflection so the fish don't get stressed, maybe try something similar on that wall and see if it helps
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:32 PM   #10
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Also...and I hate to do the Tang police thing, but...Yellow Tangs are not meant to be in a 75g. Kole, Tomini and a few others are probably fine.

There are various arguments on this topic. There are people that swear that their Blue Tang is fine in their 75g, but I've always felt those were exceptions to the rule and I would not bet on things not going bad eventually. Almost every thread on here that has a Tang issue ends up with the Tang not being in a six foot long aquarium. That's not coincidence in my book.
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