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Old 07-23-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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Yellow tang

I just bought a yellow tang , I was very scared at first because they are known to get ich very easily . So I acclimated using the drip. I turned off all the lights when put him in the tank. Everything went perfect . Today I was excited he was doing well, but when I got closer I noticed he had a piece of his head scratched off. I think he ran into a Rock. Now I'm worried if that can get worse and get infected . What should i do? I don't want ich again in my tank.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:16 AM   #2
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I bought a yellow tang and his fins were all nipped off. Make sure you get a clip with seaweed attached to it and throw that in three times a week for about an hour or two and let him eat that. Also feed well with a good pellet and brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and krill. I also use plankton my fish seem to like that.

Also how big is your tank? I got mine in a 55 gallon tank and a lot of people say that is too small. Mine has had no issue and all his fins are healed and he is fat and healthy. It will not be his permanent home as I am upgrading to an 180 gallon at the end of the year. I am just saying I wouldn't have your guy in anything smaller at this point and time of it's development. He will need a bigger home sometime in his life.

Just make sure he is not flashing (Rubbing up against rocks to scratch), and make sure he is swimming. Feed him well and he should come out fine. If your tank is smaller than a 55 I would suggest taking the guy back as he needs some room to swim.

also post a pic if you can, might help to determine if anything serious is going on.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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Adding garlic x or something similar will also help his immune system.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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I would just keep an eye on the scrape. Odds are, if water parameters are pristine, it will be fine. Ich would not be the direct result of a scrape. Stress lowers the immune system and opens fish up for stuff like Ich.
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I have a 150 gal and he is eating a lot , also eating the nori on the clip. My question is what medication should i put in the food to make it heal faster?
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do you quarantine new fish? often times you wont see ich in the new fish, but it will have it. it is very important to quarantine anything before adding it to your display tank
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He doesn't have ich , but I'm worried because he has an open cut and it might get infected and then get ich. This is so complicated .
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getting an infection doesnt cause ich it has to be introduced to the system. it is a parasite and doesnt appear out of nowhere
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:51 PM   #9
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Would he get stressed because of the cut?
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #10
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He could, but as long as you feed him properly he should heal up nice. Also like I said before tank size matters. He won't heal up if he is stressed out in a small tank that does not provide swim space.

Is he in your 150 gallon tank?
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