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Old 10-26-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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Yellow Tang coral nibbler?

Over the last week I have noticed my Tang nipping at my red open brain.
What gives?

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Old 10-26-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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Are you sure he was actually nibbling at the coral or something on the coral? The reason I ask is because I've seen both of my tangs apparently nibbling at one of my corals, but then when I looked closer, they were just eating some pellets that had gotten stuck on him. My tangs don't even like frozen mysis, let alone living corals.

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Old 10-26-2006, 08:36 PM   #3
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Yellow tangs are supposed to be reef safe. Mine has never nipped at corals but as the saying goes "never say never". I kind of would agree with palisaide but I do know someone on this site that said her tangs nip at brains also. You`ll have to watch and make the judgement. Here is some info on the yellow tang

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Old 10-28-2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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Might be a bit of algae in the area? Mine has never gave me any problems.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:22 PM   #5
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There is a slight chance of Yellow Tangs nipping at some corals and clams. Our tag at the LFS I worked at had a caution color over the coral and clams. I took one home anyway and it started picking on my clam. My hippo tang also picked at my open brain. I ended up removing the Yellow Tang and The Brain.
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