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Alexandria - 2010-03-20
I have had both, and the picture shows a bluehead, not a lunar wrasse

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Steve\'o - 2010-12-06
Have read your article on blue head wrasse, I have a question the past
week I have noticed my wrasses head area has faded from blue to very pale
with slight markings on head could you tell me is this some bacterial infection
or is this some other disease? There are no other markings on body fins all
look good fish still active and eating. Could this also be a form of lateral head disease? If so what is best treatment? Thanks for any help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    Wrasses can be quite variable in color. Males can be so deeply blue on the head that they almost look black, all the way to a pale gray. These wrasses will actually change color if there is more than one in the tank... with the less dominant fish turning female, and female coloration. But of course, do keep an eye on it and make sure your fish is eating and acting normally, and doesn't show any other sign of illness. As long as color is the only change you see, it is probably fine.
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Jason Hacker - 2009-05-21
I love this fish. Does very well in a established reef aquarium. Would recommend this fish to an advanced hobbyist.

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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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Mansuper - 2012-04-26
I have my ray for a few weeks now. I can tell it was wild caught. After hand feeding it, it will come up and take food out my hand. It is still a little hand shy but I always try to feed by hand. The next thing is make sure the ray has food on the bottom of the tank for night time. The are pretty active at night and do eat it. The next thing is water quality. I use a protein skimmer and an inline UV light. I also have a sand star. And as far as the ray going after smaller fish and inverterbrates. The ray leaves them alone. I have ample spots in my tank for hidding and use over half the tank for him. I am looking at new tanks. I found one in my local aquarium store that they use for frogs. Its 80 gallons. It is the same size as a 125 gallon but the sides aren't as high. But the same setup as for the skimmer and uv light. And these animals are awesome to have as pets. Great for watching and great for the kids to learn about them.

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  • anicemess - 2012-05-04
    What do you use for hiding spots?
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Peter Cook - 2012-05-02
I had spotted box fish. He was going fine for about 2 weeks then I found him caught in the power head. Turned the pump off he was ok was eating a bit of damage on his back then he died 3 days later

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-02
    Sorry to hear that. The stress from an injury can cause death.
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Marinna - 2012-05-01
weeeeeell im doing a project on the ribbon eel for my 5th grade class i need lots and lots of help so if u can please send me information on the ribbon eel. my e mail adress is poppi236@aol.com THANK U FOR THE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    Will work best if you actually ask the questions that you are looking to get answered.
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Animal-World info on Blue Tang
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AndrewPeacock - 2010-05-25
Is it a good beginning fish?

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  • raeann - 2010-07-10
    Yes.
  • kkee - 2010-11-29
    Nnnnnnooooo!!!
  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Yes, in a well matured tank you shouldn't have too many problems.
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    In my opinion it is a good beginner fish. Just feed them the right stuff. I feed my two New Life Spectrum pellets and Omega marine flake everyday. I occassionally supplement with chopped scallop, chopped shrimp (remember to include the skin when chopping up the shrimp), mysis shrimp and dried seaweed. Both of mine even survived an ich outbreak in my tank. I also occassionally add liquid vitamins to the flake food before adding it to the tank. They also get along with other fish very easily. I have a fish only tank with about 12 different species in it.
  • James - 2012-04-28
    NNNOOOOO!!!!!!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-28
    Tangs are very sensitive to water conditions and can be picky eaters. They are not good for beginners unless you are extremely dedicated to your tank.
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