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Old 06-26-2014, 12:42 AM   #1
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Help rescue tang!

So I went to go purchase 2 clown fish from an online ad. The tank was nasty, very undermaintained, and just bad looking. Anyways, there was a hippo tang that looked rough, I couldn't not get it! It's 6-7 inches, and has what I believe to be HLLE. I'm no expert so I need help! I want to save this fish! It was on a meat only diet (ouch) (mysis and brine shrimp). So my first thing is introduce him to some seaweed! I'm in need of ideas! I've been reading up but want all the information I can get!Click image for larger version

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40 gallon cichlid tank;
Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
x 1
Metriaclima greshakei x 2
Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
Pseudotropheus crabro x 1
6" pleco x 1
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:32 AM   #2
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Can't tell for sure with these pics but HLLE does not appear to be the problem. Best solution is a clean environment with a good nutritious balanced diet. Many Tangs are healed from most conditions with the addition of vitamins via food/algae or liquid additives. You will probably see a marked difference in the fish's coloration and physical appearance after a couple of months of good living and eating.

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Old 06-26-2014, 01:42 AM   #3
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Here's some more pictures. He's ALOT darker since being in my tank compared to there's. Hopefully he'll look a lot better soon. He's the ugliest fish I've ever seen! (I'll still love him if he stays ugly!)


40 gallon cichlid tank;
Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
x 1
Metriaclima greshakei x 2
Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
Pseudotropheus crabro x 1
6" pleco x 1
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I'm only a beginner but he's beautiful not ugly lol


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Old 06-26-2014, 01:41 PM   #5
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Wow, I've never seen a rougher looking fish still alive.

I would suggest a round of metronidazole medicated food to clear out any internal parasites. Following that good varied diet with vitamins and maybe some garlic wouldn't hurt as well.
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For how rough he is he's actually really active. He swims all over the tank! I have no idea what happened to him, or what's wrong she said he "looked like this for a long time".


40 gallon cichlid tank;
Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
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Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
Pseudotropheus crabro x 1
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Someone ate all the seaweed I put in last night! Hopefully it was him. There's usually left overs if my other tang eats it!


40 gallon cichlid tank;
Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
x 1
Metriaclima greshakei x 2
Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
Pseudotropheus crabro x 1
6" pleco x 1
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The thing I'm most worried about is his top fin, the front part is almost gone, it's all spiky... And under his eyes is really bad. Is the medicated food bad for my other fish? I don't have a QT tank, if need be I'll run and grab something and do 100% water changed but I'd rather have him in the DT. He seems so much happier in there!


40 gallon cichlid tank;
Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
x 1
Metriaclima greshakei x 2
Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
Pseudotropheus crabro x 1
6" pleco x 1
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The thing I'm most worried about is his top fin, the front part is almost gone, it's all spiky... And under his eyes is really bad. Is the medicated food bad for my other fish? I don't have a QT tank, if need be I'll run and grab something and do 100% water changed but I'd rather have him in the DT. He seems so much happier in there!


40 gallon cichlid tank;
Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
x 1
Metriaclima greshakei x 2
Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
Pseudotropheus crabro x 1
6" pleco x 1
Nah, it's just fine. Just feed every day and don't feed longer than 5 days straight.
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Okay great. I'll go down to my LFS and see if they have it. If not hopefully the owner is in. He's awesome! When everyone says feed garlic what do you mean? Like garlic extract? Real garlic? Where do you get it?...


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Pseudotropheus socolofi (albino) x 1
Labidochromis caeruleus
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Amatitlania nigrofasciata x 20
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