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Old 07-23-2004, 11:11 PM   #1
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Lump on Regal Tang??

I have tried to get a picture of my blue tang to show you guys, but she never sits still for a second. Even when I do get a picture of her, the lumpiness never shows up in the image. I was just wondering if anyone who has/had a regal tang could tell me if what I am seeing is normal? I'm not sure if it is the tang's bony structure, or if she has a lump on her side close to her midregion, ventrally placed. This "lump" is more pronounced on her left side, but she is also a little lumpy on her right side. She is very small - maybe two inches. I have tried to look up pictures on the internet to see if she looked normal, but to no avail. Am I just worrying about nothing?
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Old 07-23-2004, 11:21 PM   #2
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Ok, so I've searched many many pictures of the regal tang and finally found one that kind of resembles what I am seeing, except on my tang it seems more lumpy. I don't know... I was just hoping that fellow blue tang owners could ease my mind. In the picture I am attaching it just looks to be the bone structure (behind the pectoral fin) of the fish.
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Old 07-24-2004, 01:05 PM   #3
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The "lump" you are seeing is the fish's gut and the foods the little piggy is cramming in there 8O . That for the most part is quite normal for a Regal. Not like other fish where the gut typically stays smooth.

Thankfully the fish pic you've posted is not your's or you'd also be needing to treat for C. irritans

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I think it might also be some sand that she might have picked up w/ the grazing. My cousin's Regal have those lumps 24/7 and poops out sand...Which a lot of his fish seem to love but then spit out because they realize its sand, ahaha.
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I guess I was just over-worrying about my tang ever since my clown died... Thankfully my tang has been doing wonderfully in the main tank for over a month now.

But, I did watch her closely today and it did seem that she was more "lumpy" after I fed her. She IS a piggy!

Steve, I am also glad that picture is not my tang - I didn't even notice the spots when I first looked at the picture. You're good!
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