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Old 11-19-2003, 04:31 PM   #1
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my yellow tang

had black spots, some type of parasite. so i quarantined him and lef the display tank fallow for 6 weeks. i put him back in about a week ago. i noticed he has one very small black dot on his tail which he got right away. he has had it for about a week now. no new spots, and that one hasn't gone away. is this the return of parasites? should i expect to see more? i dont understand why he would start to get one parasite and then after a week there would be not a one more black dot. i'm hoping maybe this is somehting else and is not a parasite. also, i have put a cleaner shrimp in since re-introducing him tot he tank but the tang is to scared to let the shrimp ride him. is the shrimp able to effectivly contain parasites in my tank?


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Smokey, while the shrimp is not a "cure all", they do work wonders. Eventually the tang will allow the shrimp to "caress" it with its feelers. Riding may never occur. They are a few diffferent parasites that could be suspect here. As you know Tangs typically fight off Ich, lateral line erosion, and some fin rot. The trick I have used with cleaners are "buy them in three's" They dump eggs all the time and feed everyone, and they are more efficient at cleaning in "teams". Good luck
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