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Old 04-29-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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My powder blue tang is in ....

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Today I have decided to put my PBT in my main aquarium. After I drip acclimated him for 2 hours, I gave it a FW dip. After checking PH and temperature to be the same as in my main tank, I placed it in and watched it closely. According to Fenner's book, the duration is between 2-10 minutes and the fish must be removed when it shows signs of distress. Well, after 8 minutes, he appeared fine so I placed a pinch of flake food to see what happens. Well he started to eat the food while in the dip! After 11 minutes without any signs of distress, I placed it in my main tank. At the same time I gave all the fish some food for them to be distracted and the tang immediately went for the food!This is seconds from being placed in a new tank! Then from nowhere a damsel missile darted out and started to chase the PBT. It was like watching Indy 500 and within seconds, the traffic pattern reversed. The tang was chasing all the damsels! Talk about making yourself at home here. I can tell he is very in his element right now. After 4 hours, he appears very happy and I do hope he will do well. I consider keeping a blue tang successfully is quite an achievement. I will post some pictures shortly, DP
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:41 PM   #2
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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I love this tank and your fish are amazing good job
Thank you for your kind words! This is a 125 gallon tank with 20 gallon-ish sump and it is a little over a year old. I believe the only easy way to keep nitrate down below 10 is a sump with live caulepra growing. I do PWC 20 gallons every two weeks. My fish load is high and with less than conventional feeding technique, I must be on top of things. DP
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:59 PM   #4
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I just wanted to ask why you thought it needed a FW dip? What was the purpose? Just wondering.
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I just wanted to ask why you thought it needed a FW dip? What was the purpose? Just wondering.
I read in Fenner's book that dip is a preventive way to kill ich before introducing in aquarium. I am just a beginner so I just follow what is advised. DP
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I believe he has changed his mind on that since he wrote that version. I personally dont like FW dips. It stresses the fish out so that when it does go back in the tank it usually has a lower immunity to disease and parasites. From my experience I`ve never seen a FW dip do any good. JMO
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I believe he has changed his mind on that since he wrote that version. I personally dont like FW dips. It stresses the fish out so that when it does go back in the tank it usually has a lower immunity to disease and parasites. From my experience I`ve never seen a FW dip do any good. JMO
You are right and I do not feel comfortable about the FW dip either. I wonder if it does any kind of internal damage when the fish is about to pass out in hyposalinity water. It is like placing yourself in unpressurized cabin at 25000 feet. I wonder what he says in his new version now. DP
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I just remember someone saying that he changed his mind about several things from his original version. I`m not sure what they are.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:16 AM   #10
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So far so good ... but I think I may have a problem

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So far the PBT is doing very well. The color is becoming more intense and there is not a single speck on his smooth body. The problem I have now is that he is pretty aggressive. All the damsels retreat into the corals everytime the tang swims by. Last night I saw him attacking the foxface (2 bites) and now I am concerned for its well being. Never expect this to be a problem at all. I checked with the LFS that sold this tang and I was advised "it was a return because he grew so big for her tank". Now I think it may be due to his aggressive behavior instead. DP
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