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Old 06-25-2015, 12:30 PM   #1
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I think tangs keep a packet of ich in thier pocket....

so no matter how healthy they look at first, they can always open that pack of ich and give you a headache...


So the other day I came into possession of a beautiful powder brown tang.
(before I get hammered by the "tang police", yes I know my tank isn't ideally big enough, but trust me, the tang is in a much better situation now than previously, also gives me more impetus to set up the bigger tank)

Anyway he looked fine at first and he is settling in good. He ate a sheet of nori yesterday and eagerly goes for any food fed to the tank and is doing a lot of grazing.
So of course this morning I wake up to a salted tang....



He is still acting fine, full coloration, grazing, chasing other fish, doing normal tang stuff.



(dang, those scratches sure show up in pics)
So my dilemma is, do I just hook back up my UV, up water changes and hope for the best
or do I risk injury and further stress by removing him to a hospital tank.....


I'm actually not too concerned about the other fish getting ich, they have all fought it off a couple of times before but we will see....

I know, I know, should have quarantined him first, especially a tang, but it was rushed thing.......
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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ohhh, I just looked and I guess in the time I was typing this thread and drinking coffee the tang employed the services of the cleaner shrimp as there are no more cysts on his body. There are still a few on the fins, but all I see on the body is the spots where the cysts used to be.


dang, that was fast


think I'm gonna get some antibiotic food just to be safe, some of the marks on his body may be susceptible.
any suggestions?
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are doing everything you can when it comes to remaining in the DT, though I don't think the UV will have much of difference since the hobby grade ones simply don't process enough of the water going through them, it should all make a difference. Time will tell in this case. If things get to nasty you'll have to remove, but it might be too late at that point.
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Yeah the UV isn't gonna "cure" it for sure, but it can't hurt.
It's an 18 watt DIY unit and I use medical germicidal bulbs rather than ones sold specifically for aquariums. They have a little more oomph and longer life., and can be found for much less $$$.
I only push about 75 gallons an hour through it when I use.


The tang seems unphased except for occasional flashing.
He ate almost an entire cube of formulae two himself and continues to assert his place in the tank, all good signs.
He is even getting used to me, being much more bold and checking me out instead of peaking at me from behind a rock.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:48 PM   #5
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I'm glad I reworked my rockscape recently so there is room all along the back.
Least night after I turned off the main lights and just blues on, the tang began to swim laps around the tank and in a few minutes he had a course dialed in and went racing around the tank.
I need to move two rocks and he will be able to do a full oval around the tank....LOL




seriously though, it does drive home the point that I'm gonna have to set up the bigger tank or find him a bigger home within 6 months at the latest....
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They can grow quite fast. Least we don't have to be worried about it being housed in a 20 gallon tank and that the owner is aware of what it'll take to keep it fat and healthy.
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They can grow quite fast. Least we don't have to be worried about it being housed in a 20 gallon tank and that the owner is aware of what it'll take to keep it fat and healthy.
Oh trust me, I had real trepidation about putting him in my tank, but I fear his fate would have been worse if I didn't as it was "orphaned" to just such a person as you mentioned.
luckily I was able to rescue it, but I did so knowing full well all the implications.
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Ok, so this morning I count 8 cysts on him, and it looks as though about 6-10 more may show up in the next day.
I noticed that with tangs skin you can just barely make out the spots where a cyst has imbedded a day before it erupts and is visible.
Each spot where there is a cyst today was a noticeable tiny "bump" on the skin yesterday.
Never noticed that with other fish, probably due to the scales.
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Well I'm happy to report that the tang looks absolutely great!
He had a few cyst this morning and I was fortunate enough to see him go to the "cleaning station" and allow the cleaner shrimps do their thing, he even flared his gills and let them poke around in there. After about 2 minute he came out, cyst free.
That is soooo cool to see actual results from the cleaners.


He has asserted himself as the new "top dog" in the tank, is displaying awesome coloration and hasn't any "bumps" that I think indicate a cyst under the skin.


I know it will be a few weeks before I can declare it gone/under control, but at this point I'm not overly concerned.


tried to get a picture, but between the tang being camera shy and my dog being jealous and forcing himself between me and the tank, pics will have to wait....LOL
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If only it could work like this in healthy systems more often.
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