Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-07-2005, 09:20 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 221
Help!! New Tang not doing well - Advice needed quickly

I just got a small yellow tang from my LFS. I observed him in the store for a good 30 minutes. He was eating well, swimming well. Look good.

So I bring him home, drip acclimate him for about 30 minutes, then float him for about 30 more. Quick freshwater dip in distilled water and relased him into the tank.

For about an hour he was doing great. Swimming all over, gazing some seaweed I put it.

He's now been in the tank for about 90 minutes and is sitting at the bottom, breathing hard and not moving. Kinda propped up against some of my LR.

I tested all may water parameters this morning. All was normal.

Amm: 0 -> Nitrite: 0 -> Nitrate: 5 -> PH 8.2 -> Temp 78 -> Salt 1.022

Is there anything I can do for him? I hate to see him like this. Any advise please?

This is my first fish in this tank. It's been well cycled. It's been running since October 2004.
__________________

__________________
Marine Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon RR * Established October 2004
Planted Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon * Established September 2005
ASpec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 09:27 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,832
Send a message via Yahoo to quarryshark
He is very stressed out right now.
A. Thats a pretty fast acclimation IMO
B. Dips are also stressful on a fish
Add this all up to one stressed out fish. Give him some time. In fact, you may want to turn off the tank lights and let him rest. Your water parameters look fine.
No qt? You may want to consider setting up one for the future. Will keep fingers crossed for you that he is parasite free.
__________________

__________________
quarryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 09:32 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 221
The lights were off since I got him home. I won't turn the back on until at least tomorrow, maybe even Sunday.

I dripped him in a 2 1/2 gallon bucket, pretty slow drip, but the bucket got full after about 30 minutes so I decided to float him.

I am setting up a QT for any future fish/inverts I add. I figured since he was my first fish I could just let him go. Maybe not such a good idea now that I think about it.

I just feel really bad for him right now. I feel like a "bad parent".
__________________
Marine Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon RR * Established October 2004
Planted Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon * Established September 2005
ASpec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 09:38 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,832
Send a message via Yahoo to quarryshark
Its normal for a new fish to be stressed out. He's been through a lot in the past weeks. Now he can rest up and get used to his new home.
__________________
quarryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 09:57 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
I agree with Qshark. It is most likely an acclimation issue. Combine that with the stress of a FW dip and he is pretty unhappy. Are there any other visible signs of stress besides the rapid gilling?
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 10:21 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 221
Quote:
Are there any other visible signs of stress besides the rapid gilling?
Such as? He is just sitting in the same spot, propped against a rock.

All lights are out, except the lunar (moon) lights.

Thanks for all the advice... I feel a little bit better.
__________________
Marine Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon RR * Established October 2004
Planted Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon * Established September 2005
ASpec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 10:27 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
Look for anything out of the ordinary. Pale or mottled coloring, red or white spots, loss of "balance"...
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 10:51 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,832
Send a message via Yahoo to quarryshark
Also watch closely to see if he starts eating in the next couple of days.
__________________
quarryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2005, 11:09 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Kissimmee FL
Posts: 867
Awww, hopefully he recovers well. Did the ph and temp match the water it was in on the FW dip?
__________________
Alex n Mary

150 gallon, 30g fuge/sump, 4.5 watt/gal VHO Lighting, 4" sand bed, 290 lbs LR, CDX-3 Nitrate/Phosphate filter

Female Naso "Isabell" or "Izzy", Emperor Angelfish, Flame Angel, Red Sea Sailfin tang "Bambi", Maroon Clown "Nani", 5 Chromis, 1 Aglae Blenny "Bengi" , Yellow Watchman Goby, pr of Banggai Cardinals, Lyretail Anthia, Six Line Wrasse

1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

90g RR, W/D, 120 lb's LR SF eel, pygmy angel, pr sebae clownfish, 4 chromis. Star Polyps & Mushrooms
clowninround is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2005, 10:49 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 221


He did not make it. I woke up this morning and he was gone. I re-tested all my water parameters when I removed him from the tank. Nothing had changed except the PH, went down to 8.0.

I feel really bad about this. I can't help but feel if I would have dripped him longer this outcome may have been different. But then in the back of my head I wonder if it was just meant to be?

The LFS I purchased him from has a 48 hour guarantee (pending a water sample). Since I know the water is fine I would assume them will offer me a refund, store credit, something.

What would you guys do? Purchase another fish from the same store (tangs were all in the same tank) or try another store (maybe get something else?)

Thanks so much for all the help and support though this.
__________________

__________________
Marine Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon RR * Established October 2004
Planted Tank: Oceanic 58 Gallon * Established September 2005
ASpec is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ick, tan, tang

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
oh my...need advice quickly justagal30 Cichlid Discussion 3 05-25-2006 07:53 AM
Tang Advice Needed jgr Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 02-10-2006 09:59 PM
Hippo Tang advice needed r6mason Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 10-12-2005 06:01 PM
Advice Needed: Yellow Tang got Eye caught in Powerhead neide Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 15 09-09-2004 11:49 AM
Need advice, quickly, please... Foible Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 06-21-2004 11:43 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.