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Old 11-26-2010, 01:10 PM   #1
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Spot on yellow tang

I've got a yellow tang in quarantine and noticed this section on its cheek last night. Not sure how long it's been there. Any ideas?

It has been in QT since Saturday night. Didn't eat for a couple of days but now eats both veggie sheets and flake food. Lots of energy and swims no problems. Conditions in tank are:

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That looks like the start of HLLE. Read this article

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I agree with Mike's assesment. He has you covered on the reading material too.
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if so, you can nip it in the bud now and arrest it's progression. give it a wide variety of foods.
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Thanks for the help. So it doesn't have to be fatal? I hope not. Not sure but is it contagious? Does it have to stay in the QT until cured? One of the links mentioned providing broccoli and peas. Do you give this to the fish raw and let it pick at it? I guess I can chop up the peas.

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no, you have a chance to help the little guy. i would use the nori and meaty foods like chopped fresh fish from the supermarket. also, you could soak the food in "selcon" before giving it to him.
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Thanks Doug. I'll hit the supermarket tomorrow morning and get some fresh fish. Can I get anything or something specific? And is this contagious? If nothing else shows up for the 3 more weeks in QT can I move him to the DT?

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It's not contagious as far as anyone knows. One fish might have it another of the same species might not.

Pristine water conditions, a variety of healthy fish foods and removing carbon filtration if used may help
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i wouldn't buy any super fatty fish, like salmon or tuna, but that's just me. here is a thread i started with a recipe for fish food, and others chimed in...
RenegadeReefers.org &bull; Information
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Thanks guys. As for brocolli and other veggies...do you feed it raw to the fish? Chop it up?

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