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Old 03-26-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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Sick Tang

Not sure what's wrong. He's had this for almost 3 weeks now. Developed a couple weeks after putting him in my tank. My readings are 0 across the bored and no other fish are sick. I'm still hoping it goes away on it's own, I don't like to medicate my tank. Anyone know what it might be? The spots are uniform on both sides of it's face.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:35 AM   #2
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I can't see anything from the pics you posted. Any chance of getting a close up?
Are the spots white and about the size of a grain of salt?
That would be Ich!

If that is what you have in the tank, you need to move ALL fish to a QT tank and treat all of them there. IMO hyposalinity is the best cure for Ich.


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Old 03-27-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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It's definitely not ich. It's like there's holes in the skin or something. And it's on the exact same spots on both sides of the face looks like the nasal cavity is on of the spots
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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There is a thing called hole in the head disease. Ironic haha but you could try looking at that.
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That`s what I think it is. HLLE can be caused by stress or vitamin defieciency. What size tank is he in? Tangs in smaller tanks have seen HLLE more often than those in bigger tanks IMO. Read the following links.

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Old 03-27-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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Possibly but the pictures don't really look like what he's got... Maybe the pictures are just from really bad cases. He's in a 72 gallon tank and he's maybe 2-3 inches long
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Doesnt make any difference on the size of the fish. But IMO a yellow eyed Kole tang should be OK in a 72 gallon tank. When you said holes in the head it`s probably what it is. All those white spots are on the face and lateral line.
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Okay I've got my fingers crossed... He hasn't gotten any worse in the last couple weeks but he hasn't seemed to get any better either...
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