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Old 09-08-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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new tangs fighting

Okay.... I know sometimes this happens and it's just the luck of the draw. I just got a Yellow Tang and Yellow Eyed Kole Tang. Both small and were in same BIG tank at the LFS. I acclimated them and added them to my 125g just now. The Kole is nipping at the yellow.

What should I do? Should I watch for a while to see if he stops or just assume if I don't take the yellow out he will be murdered

It's a big tank with 150lbs of LR but the silly yellow doesn't seem to want to move to another location.

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Old 09-08-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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Takes a while for nature to take its course. Given the stress and my experience with yellows, I wouldn't be surprised if it was crashed out in the next couple days. Yellows just don't seem to deal with stress very well. I would be tempted to remove the kole and let the yellow establish itself for a couple weeks, if not a month. Once established a kole could be introduced but even if its a standard 6 foot 125, you may still see them butt heads. I have a scopas and for a short while I had a blue in the tank with it. They would almost always be in some sort of small tiff, that is until feeding time. Maybe feed them a little extra, try putting a clip of sea veggies on one side for the yellow, another clip on the opposite side for the kole. Food is sometimes a great diversion and a full belly can help bring the aggression down a notch or two. Either that or pick a tang to keep and take the other one back.

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In times of aggression turning out the lights and moving some LR around seems to have worked for me. Try that and see if it helps.


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Old 09-09-2009, 03:01 PM   #4
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Thanks All -- That is kind of exactly what I did. They seemed to be fighting over the same "cave". So I moved the cave and shut off the lights LOL Today I have not seen the kole nip at the yellow at all. I will say though that the yellow is starving for attention because she just follows the kole everywhere!

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