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Yellow Tang


Zebrasoma Flavescens

November 02, 2012 by Peter (0 Comments)
Ok so I know the last few days have been very sad and full of death, but just one more sad story to tell. Also hopefully this will be my last post about a fish passing away for a long long time.

I always wanted to add a Purple Tang to our 240 gallon mixed reef, so when a opportunity came up for me to purchase a young Purple Tang in great shape at a low price I couldn't pass it up. My new tank was going to be done soon anyway, so I didn't see anything wrong with taking the plunge.

I got him home and put him into our 20 gallon quarantine tank with new filters and a 50/50 mix of display tank and new saltwater. He seems pretty happy and eat like a pig. After a few weeks I noticed that he was starting to develop HLLE (Head and lateral line erosion). I did some research and decided that the area I was keeping the Purple Tang in was too dark with inadequate lighting and no natural sunlight.

I then borrowed a 40 gallon tank from my tank builder and put a bunch of live rock that had been curing for a few months in with the tang. I also put in two new filter pads. Which I soon read were probably causing the HLLE from the type of carbon they used.

Frantic I then tore out the carbon and rinsed the filters extremely well and did a 50% water change. My tank build didn't come to an ended and we hit a bunch of road blocks along the way. The best ways to fight HLLE are with better nutrition and better water quality. I feed the Purple Tang everyday with vitamin soaked nori and mysis shrimp. He ate like a pig but his HLLE never seemed to improve. I knew this was because of water quality, the lack of a skimmer, poor filtering of the HOB filter, no cleanup crew and heavy feeding didn't help that mater.

I was shocked that the little guy held on for so long, but one day I found him swimming very strange and having problems staying upright. I then took it upon myself to do a 50%+ water change and really clean every inch of the tank with a siphon. It was all in vain and the Purple Tang died the next day. It was crushing on us. I felt so bad I was forced to keep the fish in such a badly filtrated tank for nearly 5 months. The HLLE, stress, water quality etc... just ended up getting the better of him.

I do plan on getting another Purple Tang, but this time I'm hoping to quarantine for only 4-6 weeks and just look out for any signs of infection. If all goes well, he'll go into the 240 with my existing Yellow Tang. I will also be quarantining another Yellow Tang separately, so I can add 2 Yellow Tangs and 1 Purple Tang for 3 Zebrasoma Tangs going in simultaneously to cut down on tang warfare.

I've learned my lesson this time and will only be buying the new Yellow and Purple Tangs after my 240 is up and running with no leaks or other issues. I will no let this happen again to a fish...

November 02, 2012 by Peter (0 Comments)
The thrid time we encountered a loss of fish was a pretty strange situations to say the least...

Right before Christmas time we met my wife's father and his girlfriend for dinner. After sitting down we were told that our Christmas present was in their car, but we should take it home soon. After eating we went out to their car and we saw our present.

Our present was a Sailfin Tang, 3 Yellowtail Damsels and a Fire Shrimp. I was shocked and pretty upset, but you can't really tell them to take the fish back, since they probably wouldn't end up living. We decided to take them home and hope for the best.

At this time we still weren't quarantining new fish and had to add all of the fish right to the display tank. The fish all seemed fine, minus one Damsel that was very light in color and missing some of his fins.

Now up until this time our little 55 gallon tank was doing pretty well and I was actively looking for a larger tank to upgrade to. The current livestock was a Niger Trigger (gave away to my tank builder), Yellow Tang, Ocellaris Clownfish and a Skeletor Moray Eel. Everybody got along just fine and I hadn't seen any signs for alarm. No ICH, Flukes, etc...

We acclimated all of the new fish and let them free in the display tank. Instantly the Yellow Tang took interest in the Sailfin Tang and started chasing it. The next morning the sickly Damsel was found dead at the bottom of the tank. Soon after another Damsel passed away. Around this time we noticed ICH spots on the Sailfin, also some of his fins were frayed.

I knew this wasn't going to work out in a small tank and started looking for a new home for the Sailfin, but it was too late. The Sailfin passed away soon after the first signs of ICH. I had to later also get rid of the last living Damsel after it wouldn't stop chasing the Yellow Belly Blue Tang and Black Ice Clownfish I added a few months later. The Fire Shrimp although being best friends with the Skeletor Eel soon became Trigger bait.

Now after all the deaths and first signs of ICH in my tank we decided to visitor the store where the fish were bought. It wasn't a LFS, but rather a general pet store far North of us. As soon as we stepped inside I got so upset. This place had snakes, lizards, puppies in tiny cages, etc... Their saltwater fish all had ICH and the tanks didn't seem kept up with. So no wonder these fish died and brought disease and tension to my tank. The day the Sailfin died, the other fish seemed normal again. Removing the tension between the two Zebrasoma Tangs suddenly fixed the moods of the rest of the fish.

Now for the gift that keeps giving, soon I had flukes pop up in the tank. Was pretty easy to get rid of, but still.

This was a horrible lesson of why you can never accept livestock as a present and why every single thing that goes into your tank needs to go through the proper quarantine procedure.

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