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Old 02-28-2005, 01:26 AM   #1
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?'s on a tang

This is a question on one of my friends tank. He has the same set up as i do except of the addition of a uv sterilizer. He has a powder blue tang who he had in QT with ick. The Tang has now recovered and is now in the display tank. According to my friend the tang now seems like he is always itchy Meaning that he is always rubbing against the sand or LR or against the filter. Is this something normal for a tang or could this be the start of a problem?

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Old 02-28-2005, 01:34 AM   #2
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itching is usually due to two things 1. A parasitic infection, or 2. Water quality issues... what are there water parameters?
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:41 AM   #3
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If the tang is still scratching I would be concerned. I took my blue tang out of qt after the scratching bit and he is as happy as a fish could be. I started feeding blender mush once a day with garlic and so far so good, all my fish seem to be healthier and a lot more active. it may be an old wise tail about the garlic but I'm a believer.
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:41 AM   #4
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Re: ?'s on a tang

I have tangs in my tank, and none of them rubbing body against sand or LR. Your friend's tang could be stressed out because the tank is too small for that particular tang.
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Also may want to invest in a cleaner shrimp, my fish get a good cleaning at least twice a day from him and it couldnt hurt,
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:51 AM   #6
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Water quality is good and he owns a peppermint shrimp which does clean the tangs. Wouldn't the UV sterilizer get rid of parasites and such? Any other suggestions of tips? Should he qt the tang again?
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FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
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Starburst, Xenia

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Yes. UV sterilizer can get rid of most parasites only if it is set up with the correct GPH flow rate. Peppermint eats the Aiptasia anemone that are found in the live rock of reef aquariums and on the glass. What he really needs is a Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp to clean the tang.
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