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Old 11-02-2004, 10:27 PM   #1
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Damsel Breathing Heavily

I have a 40 Gallon w/ Bio Wheel 400, PC, 24'' Actinic, Few Coral, Clown Perc, Yellow Tang, Fame Angel and Blue Damsel. My water is fine PH is ideal, Nitrates and Nitrites 0, Amm is safe. For about 5 days now my Blue Damsel will not eat much, he was the only fish in the tank up until Friday, then i added the tang, angel and clown. The Angel eats little and the Damsel eats less. The tang and the clown eat normally. The damsel was hiding for two days and now he is in the middle of the tank breathing fast, then every now and then it looks like he is yawning. None of the other fish are breathing like that. Help Me Please
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Old 11-02-2004, 10:59 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. How old is your tank? There is a good possibility that you over-loaded the bio-filtration with all of the new additions. That was a lot to add at all at once. I would re-check water parameters and get a second opinion on them from the LFS. Do you have LR? What is your main filtration method? Good Luck...Lando
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Couple months old, Nitrate and nitrites are good. Bio Wheel 400. I have a little Coral
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Polyp/Coral/Rock: Pulsing Xenia | Ricordia Florida | Star Polyps | Button Polyps | Red & White Carnation Sponge | Small Hard Colt Tree | Brown Meat Coral. 120lbs of LR

Fish: Huma Huma Trigger | Yellow Tang | Royal Gramma | Cleaner Goby | 4 Four Stripe Damsels | 1 Three Stripe Damsel | 2 Domino Damsels
Large Red Crab | Hermits |Snails, etc.

39 Gal
Lighting: 30" 50/50 PC | 30" Single Actinic
Filter: Penguin 330 Biowheel

Polyp/Coral/Rock: Green Eyed Zoos | Colt Tree | 50+lbs of LR

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I would still get a second opinion on the water tests. Be prepared to do a water change if needed. I would also consider bringing the tang back. It is a large bio-load for the tank to handle, plus, 40 gal. is a bit tight for a tang. They need lots of swimming space and can easily become stressed. They are extremely prone to parasites and bacterial infections due to stress.
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I have a 120 bout three months old, it inhabits a mimic tang, 3 strip damsel and blue and gold tang, should i transfer and if so how long should i wait?
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125 gal w/ 40 Gal Sump (Sump 4"DSB)
4 - Maxi-Jet 1200 Wavemaker Pro
1/3 HP Chiller | 25W UV | Seaclone Skimmer

Lighting: 3 x 250W MH 20K | 4 x 36" Actinic

Polyp/Coral/Rock: Pulsing Xenia | Ricordia Florida | Star Polyps | Button Polyps | Red & White Carnation Sponge | Small Hard Colt Tree | Brown Meat Coral. 120lbs of LR

Fish: Huma Huma Trigger | Yellow Tang | Royal Gramma | Cleaner Goby | 4 Four Stripe Damsels | 1 Three Stripe Damsel | 2 Domino Damsels
Large Red Crab | Hermits |Snails, etc.

39 Gal
Lighting: 30" 50/50 PC | 30" Single Actinic
Filter: Penguin 330 Biowheel

Polyp/Coral/Rock: Green Eyed Zoos | Colt Tree | 50+lbs of LR

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It would certainly be happier in the 120. However, you may run into aggression issues with three tangs in there.
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