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Old 10-24-2005, 12:06 PM   #1
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Sailfin tang stuck on intake

I woke up this morning to find my new sailfin tang stuck to my intake. He was put into the main Saturday night. He got stuck to the intake some time last night after lights out. I thought it was dead so I turned the pump off to reach in and get him and he took off. He looks pretty marked up. Fins torn and a mark on his side. The intake he was stuck to pulls in 8,000 GPH. Do you think he was just curious and do to all his fin mass got overwhelmed, or would you think he may have another problem. He was doing well and eating fine as of yesterday. While in QT he would never eat nori. I figured when he got in the main he would see the other fish eating it and join in but it has not yet.
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:29 PM   #2
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its really tough to say, especialy with something as broad as a sailfin tang. it could have just gotten too close or it could have been slugish from something else.

All you can do right now is watch is closely for any other signs of stress/infection.

Do you normaly add garlic/vitamins to your food? if not you might want to look into a quality nutritional suppliment to help him recover.

Keep your fingers crossed. I've lost more than one fish to darned intakes!
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I supplement feedings with garlic, selcon, and zoe. He is very skittish right now (understandably)
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Old 10-24-2005, 01:18 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear that Brenden Beautiful fish, I hope it pulls though.

8000 gph??? That’s 133 GMP & just over 2 gal a second! I’m surprised you haven’t lost more. Is that all sucking at one place or is it divided up into a couple of places? Even with a guard up I would think any fish would have a hard time getting off of it if it came too close.
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It is pulling from one place. I had to make the intake myself. I could not find one that would handle the flow. It is big roughly 18" long so the flow is dispersed. He is looking muck better (attitude) I cut up some nori into 1/16 squares and soaked it in selcon and garlic along with some formula one and he chowed down. He has most of his color back. just hope he heals up OK.
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The victim. Bad pics but the mark is right down the center of its body.
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Poor guy

Bet he doesn't stray to close to that again.

Best of luck to him.

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At 18” long assuming the depth was 2” then the water would be flowing through at 78 ft per minute or less than 1 mph so it’s amazing that he got stuck at all unless he got caught up in the screen.

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It is definitely travelling at more than 1 mph. It is this type of intake. http://www.marinedepot.com/IMD/ft_screen_big.jpg
18" long 2.5 inches round. It is for a closed loop not overflow.
This was only its second night in the tank. I think it was just looking around and with all its fin mass got to close. I have seen snails climb across it etc. but I guess it just had to much fin.
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Lights on this morning with no tang to be found I will never find him with all this rock(expensive crab food) . I hope he shows up but it has never been out of sight this long.
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