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Old 08-15-2017, 10:34 AM   #1
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Tangs mysterious death!

I've had my tank up for 5 months. It's a 75 gallon....water checked by LFS and myself. Currently stocked with 90lbs of live rock...2 chromis, 2 clowns. I'm trying to get a Tomini Tang. I've tried 2. Both hid for the first 2 days and started coming out and act normal for 4 days. Unfortunately, that's when I notice my Chromis hovering around it. Plus, I've added Nori at this point. Both times after a week I wake up to the Nori gone and the Tangs dead. I don't know if it's the Chromis causing stress and the addition of Nori really bringing it to a boiling point or the Nori is bad. Any answers? I don't want to kill another one.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:03 AM   #2
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Sorry for the losses. Tangs are just tough to keep alive- perhaps try to keep one that you like at the lfs on hold, if they will allow, and watch it eat and how it acts. Go in every couple days to observe it. Then once you buy it setup a quarantine tank so he is isolated and you can continue to feed and observe, or treat if needed, before adding it to your main tank. For what it's worth the tomini tang is the only one I have been able to keep alive. I have tried several yellow, blue, and sailfin tangs without success. Maybe a more experienced tang keeper will have better advice.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:22 AM   #3
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Sounds like a aggression issue, also the only suitable tang for a 75g is the bristletooth species. I have a yellow eye and it's doing great, my tank has been up for two years now though. Personally I would sacrifice a all nighter, throw some nori in and get a red flashlight ready and watch
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Actually, both of these guys were held 30 days and in my QT. I think it's the Chromis. Thanks!
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The Tomini is a Bristle Tooth. I agree it's going to be an all nighter, but that would take getting another Tomini. It's probably best to yank the Chromis. They were hovering and following both Tominis araound. I don't suppose they wanted to be friends.
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Oh whoops, my bad. For some reason I thought a sailfin was a tommi, sorry bout that. When I add new fish, I always pull out my clowns and sixline for a week or two and allow the new fish to become acclimated to the tank. By the time i add them in, they get along great
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I have had my tangs for many years and I don't think the chromis had anything tom do with it. Tangs are as mean as it gets and they can very well take care of themselves. I don't have an idea what caused it but I don't think aggression is the answer.
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I have had my tangs for many years and I don't think the chromis had anything tom do with it. Tangs are as mean as it gets and they can very well take care of themselves. I don't have an idea what caused it but I don't think aggression is the answer.
That's my thought, but they would hover over the Tangs and follow them everywhere. I'm thinking they caused stress? Could it be the sea salad? On both my tries they both had a clip of seaweed and the seaweed was gone and the Tangs dead. I'm at a loss. Both were happy healthy b4 bed. Do I have something in my rock? Thanks.
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Oh whoops, my bad. For some reason I thought a sailfin was a tommi, sorry bout that. When I add new fish, I always pull out my clowns and sixline for a week or two and allow the new fish to become acclimated to the tank. By the time i add them in, they get along great
No worries! Thanks for the advice.
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Can you tell us more about the system? How long did each fish last in the tank? How were they acclimated to the system?
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