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Old 04-26-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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Purple tang dying?

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I've had a purple tang for about a week and a half. It has been in quarantine and I noticed ick almost right away so I dropped the salinity to 1.009.

Tang was fine for a week and a half and was eating like a pig. The ick was completely gone last night and the tang ate a bunch of nori like usual. I get up this morning and the tang is doing somersaults and mostly swimming upside down. Also keeps bumping into things. Now for the last few hours he has been in the same pvc and keeps losing colour.. he's almost completely white now.

He's breathing really quick and will flap his fins really fast and then stop for a little while.

Not sure what to do?

Tank parameters are 0-0-10.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:21 PM   #2
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Doesnt sound good man sorry.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:23 PM   #3
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Now he's really struggling to move, doesn't look good

What could kill a healthy purple tang so quick?
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Could be stress from transportation. How long was it at the lfs. Could be something internal that is unknown as well.
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parasites salinity swing
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I hope you bring the salinty back up. I believe your suppose to fresh dip and use copper for the fish
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I hope you bring the salinty back up. I believe your suppose to fresh dip and use copper for the fish
if the salinity goes up to fast thatl do more harm as well
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Was at the lfs for about a week then in my tank for a week and a half.

Seemed like a normal healthy fish, wasn't skittish unless you were moving around quick, if you stood there he would stare right back at you.

Weird thing is that my main tank actually cracked that night. The tang was on the floor above it though. Both fish from the main tank survived because I got to it before it completely drained. I actually sold the flame angel today who was perfectly fine and the dogface puffer is fine too.
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Sorry forgot to mentioned that. But salinity that low for a period of time can stress a fish out and a fish with ick will have a low immune system to begin with will not handle that well.
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The salinity was the same for a week and a half. I dropped it over 48 hours. Wouldn't the fish die right away if it was due to salinity? It actually made the fish healthier since it wasn't flashing from the ick anymore.
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