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Old 07-10-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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Blue tang

Bought my blue tang.. Six line wrasse and 6 red leg crabs today..drip acclimated them all together..4 hrs later my tang has white spots on it.. Thinking its ich i turned my heater up to 82 to kill the bacteria.. Am i wrong to do so? I spent 20+ minuiets looking at the fish at the lfs a hour / half total time there..wrasse is fine nothing on it
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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well moving them is very stressful for them
are they quarantined?
allow them some time with no stress and allow their immune system to come back full strength and see if they can kick it!

nothing wrong with heater at 82
when mine had ich i had it on 84, and the guy at the lfs told me they go as high as 86 (though I don't know if this guy knew what he was talking about or not)
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Tangs get ick easily. Ick is a sign of a stressed fish. How big is the tank? What are the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate readings?
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How long has the tank been set up for? Are there any other fish in the tank?
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:18 AM   #5
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The tanks 75 gl.. Nitrates at 0-5 , ph i dont rember off the top of my head.. Irs eating fine and everything.. My lfs wouldnt do me wrong i bought my 100 gl my 28 gl and my 75 gl from there we have a loooong standing relationship so i think it might be its stress level.. I dont wanna add too much to fast but im near tempted to pick up some cleaner shrimp tommarow and hppefully theyl do work on it.. 60 bucks on a tang for it to die and f+*k up my tank is a big price to pay
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:21 AM   #6
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Iv had it set up for a month.. 45 lbs on lr in it the 2nd week into it.. I had some fake *** jelly fish to keep me amused while it cycles.. I have a fluval 405 filter and a large gph hydor wave maker
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For a store that you trust he shouldnt have sold you a blue tang to put in a 75g tank.

My caribbean blue tang came to me in a very stressful condition and ended up dying about a week later. Not from ick though. tangs are SOOO susceptible to ick it isnt even funny. The stress could bring it on or make him able to catch it more easily.

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Old 07-10-2011, 12:23 AM   #8
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Well thats not comforting!!! This would be the first fish to get ich i bought from her :/ ima keep a close eye on things.. Is 75gl not big enough?
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You can successfully keep a blue tang in a 75 gallon. A few years ago, it was common for them to be kept in minimum size 40 gallon tanks. It's just not preferable as they'd prefer 6 feet or more of lateral swimming room and be more stress free.

Just do your best to keep the stress level down for it. And if you can quarantine it if it doesn't get any better you can give it some meds.
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I heard copper is the way to go? Can you confirm?
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