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Old 01-03-2008, 01:21 PM   #11
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You'll definitely want to do a PWC to get the ammonia down and keep your water parameter in check. It should also help with your nitrAtes.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:23 PM   #12
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Also looks like he's in the main, not QT tank. If so, did the problem start after he was added to the main?
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:56 PM   #13
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The blue tang will go pale at lights out. The color comes back in the morning.

What is the source of the ammonia in the tank?
Nitrates at 40 is not a problem (yet) but you should try to get that number lower if you can.

I agree with the others on PWC for now to get water back to pristine levels and feeding some nori that has had a few drops of Selcon or other vitamin additive applied.

My blue tang has always gone for nori. Algae is an essential part of their diet.
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He doesn't seem real crazy about eating the vegi food we put in there for him? is there any way to encourage him to eat more of that stuff?
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Soak it in garlic guard for about 20-30 minutes, that may help.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:06 PM   #16
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Thanks Scott. I realized after my last post that I forgot about a a few drops of garlic guard. That stuff is potent.

Can you do a daily 10% water change?
Other than a parastic infestation I have found those PWC's to do wonders.
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I am happy to say that the little blue tang seems to be recovering nicely and is almost back to normal. He still has a bit of a light spot that i'm hoping will heal up over time but other then that is eating well and following around his clown fish buddies as usual.
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Congratualtions, that is wonderful news.
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Awesome, I always like a happy ending!
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That is very good news. I do hope you find the source of the NH3 and correct it. That is most likely the biggest problem with your tank. I may have missed it, but make sure you are hanging Nori or seaweed (I like Seaweed Salad by San Fransisco Bay brand foods) daily for your tang to graze on. The addition of iodine has also been linked to HLLE recovery. That would be...adding it to the food and not the tank. I must caution you on adding this however. It is pretty tricky to dose and requires constant testing and monitoring. If diet alone seems to be helping then stick with it. Just don't forget the dietary suppliments like Selcon and vita-chem.
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