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Old 02-21-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Powder blue tang not looking too good

Hey, I'm David, male, 14, and I love fish.

As far back as I can remember, I have obsessed with tropical fish. I helped my dad take care of his saltwater tank really young, learning about fish in the process. Now I have a Freshwater tank of my own, and I still help him with the same tank. I hope I can contribute to these forums, and with this introduction I have a question.

We just brought back a Powder Blue Tang, and some weird things happened. Some pale stripes appeared on his body, which I've read is a sign of aggitation, but my Bowtie Damselfish was hovering over him for a while, kind of waving and fluttering his tail at him. (Excuse me if I replace 'it' with 'him') The Bowtie is a deep purple color, 3 inches long, and about 3-4 years old. The PBT is only 2 inches, and brand new to the tank so I don't know his age. Can anyone tell me what's happening?
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:10 PM   #2
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Alright, appreciate it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:45 AM   #3
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How big is the tank?
What else is in the tank (livestock list).
FO, FOWLIR, or reef?

Did you QT (quarantine) the PBT befoere adding it to the tank?

It sounds like normal aggresion that will work itself out IF there is enough room for all the fish in the tank and water quality is maintained.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:36 PM   #4
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A 65 Gallon Aquarium, deffinitely overstocked.
1 PBT
1 Tomato Clown
1 Queen Angelfish (1 Month Juvenile)
1 Rainbow Wrasse
1 Bowtie Damselfish
1 Yellow Tail Damselfish
1 Huma Huma Trigger

A FO, and the PBT was not quarintined. Out of all my aggresive fish, including the Tomato Clown, none seem to be going after him like the Yellow Tailed Damsel. His tail is bit up a bit but nothing major.

You think he can make it, flat-out honest?
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:00 PM   #5
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The pbt will get pale, almost stripes when he's stressed or angry. Light colorations. Hopefully it'll pass as he gets more confident.

The "real" answer on "making it".... return the fish. Flat out truth. You admit the 65g is overstocked. Got big fish in there already. The PBT needs a long tank to swim in and now you put him in a overstocked short tank.

Worse case scenario IMO. He breaks out with ick, infects others, you have to remove and treat all fish, or treat with hyposalinity in the tank, etc etc.

You sure you wanna keep him??
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I deffinitely would like to keep him, so I'll wait a few days and see how things go.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:10 PM   #7
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I havent had personal experience with the PBT's but I have seen sooo many threads on here about PBT's developing ich in tanks that are NOT overstocked and are of suitable size(125+). In a tank that small and that far overstocked I would say it is a disaster waiting to happen. Just my opinion.
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You wanna keep him with you already admitting you are "definitely overstocked". Wow.

OK, but promise me you won't disappear and not post here anymore if something goes wrong. We could all learn from your experience with this endeavor. I'd love it if you could tell me "I told you so", and it works. But just as important, think of how many people you might help if you admit it didn't work.

Good or bad, we'd like to know the outcome. Might take a few months for an outcome, but we'd love to hear it. And I promise I won't gloat.
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Well, I would like to keep him, but if things take a turn worse, I'm not going to jeapordize my whole aquarium.

I'll update this soon, because I know how much some of you would like to prove me wrong...

Don't worry, I won't be afraid to swallow my pride.
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