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John Bunton - 2012-04-05
I have four of these in a 90 gallon tank and they can be tough to acclimate for sure. I would highly suggest having every single possible food type on hand before they arrive. Start with freeze dried mysis, brine, bloodworm, whatever else soaked in Selcon or the like. If they don't take this move to frozen mysis, brine, bloodworm, or whatever else you can think of. Use the freeze dried first since you can reconstitute it with the Selcon and get more nutrients to your fish, this is much harder with frozen food. The best way that I have found to get these guys to take pellet or flake is to mix the flake or pellet with whatever else they are taking first. After you have done this for a week or two space out your feedings a little bit. Don't starve them but make them hungry and feed only the flake for a day or two. Don't feed the flake too long by itself if they are not eating. Patience is the key with these fish, don't push them too hard and don't underestimate them. I had one stay under the sand for 3.5 weeks before she finally came out during daylight hours.

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Luis Ruiz - 2012-03-28
I have a 65 gal. tank and I'm introduce a juvenile Sailfin tang recently and a have to deal with a Coral Beauty harass him every 5 or 10 minutes. What can I do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-29
    Re-arrange the tank. That will sometimes distract the fish to find their new favorite spots and forget about the new guy.
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Lisa - 2012-03-26
I have had a cowfish for one year now. He is in a 95 gallon tank. Started in a 29 g nano. He is now 9 inches long. He is the most important fish in my tank. He is housed with other fish, but I have not purchased anything I am afraid to lose due to the stories of them being toxic if stressed or dying. With that said, I love this fish. What is most important to them is food!! I feed 3 to 4 times a day. 4 brine am. Then pellets and flake and repeat with 3 brine and one mysis then flakes and pellets again. I stretch the feeding out so he has fun and I also turn of side blowers so he doesn't have to chase rhe food to much. He does get irritated at times and gets patches of black. Usually because I am visiting him without food!! He spits water. Splashes water and is truly entertaining. I highly recommend this fish if you don't work and be there for it and feed it ALOT!! It really can get large so I have heard and I hope I don't have to deal with that issue to soon. They are NOT just fish. They
are pets. They recognize you and expect alot of your attention. If you can't do that then pass. Otherwise you will lose it.

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Cindy Polson - 2012-03-24
I have a white spotted grouper he is sick, he hardley eats, he has a white film over his body. Also he has large white oval spots on him. What can I Do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    First have water tested. Quarantine grouper if you can. A lot of times if a fish is being bothered by parasites it will produce extra mucus on its body giving the white coating. Your fish needs to be treated for parasites or a fungal infection.
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Andrew - 2012-03-16
Had mine for six months in my 120 gal. It grew fast! Bought it around 4 inches and now it's reaching 8inches! However if you want to get one of these beauty, try to get him last. This is a semi-aggressive/territorial fish and it will chase, nip and swallow any fish it can fit in its mouth. Otherwise the panther grouper is a moderately hardy fish and great for FOWLR system!

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Anonymous - 2004-02-24
they r pretty.

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PAUL WILLIAMS - 2006-11-14
Be prepared for quick growth, easily tamed and a fish with a lot of character. Important to try and give a varied diet and reap the rewards of having a strong fish, disease resistant and visually happy.

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  • MACHO - 2012-03-10
    i have a koran angel and a blue face angel in a 72 bow front but i can have a bigger tank in my house will they be okay
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Luis Rosario - 2011-07-27
I just purchased a White-faced Surgeonfish. Now I have a Sail-fin tang in the tank as well. Sailfin is constantly chasing the Surgeonfish. Are Sail-fin territorial? Will the Sail-fin continue, till it harm the White-faced Surgeonfish or will they get along in time? Thank u.

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  • Paul - 2011-08-29
    The size matters here. Tank size and addition timing as well. The A. Japonicus will be more timid, and bullied by other tangs. I had mine just over a year, and just got rid of it, as it developed coral grazing habits in an undersized system, waiting on a larger build. So I'm afraid to add it to the new tank. It was the only lg fish in the tank out of a total of 3 fish. One being a chromis, and the other a blenny (LMB). So it was the show fish.

    You might be ok in time. Both are superiorly beautiful! I've owned both.
    But each time, one was the show fish. What you have is like a purple tang with a sailfin, the sailfin will lose to a purple. And a Japonicus will lose to a sailfin. Sexing may also be a problem. Only time will tell. There's not set rule that never breaks.

    Yes the Sailfin will be territorial
  • Michael - 2012-03-09
    I got the same problem before and same fish like you too. well in a couple of days the sailfin will calm down and stop harrassing the white-face. but the best way is ( if possible) you have to take all the fish out from the tank and using the water from the tank , put in a separate container with a heater so the water doesn,t get cold. then you take all the fish out, leave them out for about half an hour together. Keep an eye on them, then put the white-face back in the tank first , leave it in the tank for about another half an hour then you put the sailfin back in and the rest of the other fish if you have any. This is the best solution. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Luis Rosario - 2011-07-27
I just purchased a White-faced Surgeonfish. Now I have a Sail-fin tang in the tank as well. Sailfin is constantly chasing the Surgeonfish. Are Sail-fin territorial? Will the Sail-fin continue, till it harm the White-faced Surgeonfish or will they get along in time? Thank u.

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  • Paul - 2011-08-29
    The size matters here. Tank size and addition timing as well. The A. Japonicus will be more timid, and bullied by other tangs. I had mine just over a year, and just got rid of it, as it developed coral grazing habits in an undersized system, waiting on a larger build. So I'm afraid to add it to the new tank. It was the only lg fish in the tank out of a total of 3 fish. One being a chromis, and the other a blenny (LMB). So it was the show fish.

    You might be ok in time. Both are superiorly beautiful! I've owned both.
    But each time, one was the show fish. What you have is like a purple tang with a sailfin, the sailfin will lose to a purple. And a Japonicus will lose to a sailfin. Sexing may also be a problem. Only time will tell. There's not set rule that never breaks.

    Yes the Sailfin will be territorial
  • Michael - 2012-03-09
    I got the same problem before and same fish like you too. well in a couple of days the sailfin will calm down and stop harrassing the white-face. but the best way is ( if possible) you have to take all the fish out from the tank and using the water from the tank , put in a separate container with a heater so the water doesn,t get cold. then you take all the fish out, leave them out for about half an hour together. Keep an eye on them, then put the white-face back in the tank first , leave it in the tank for about another half an hour then you put the sailfin back in and the rest of the other fish if you have any. This is the best solution. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Chris Karmazin - 2012-03-03
I've had my betta one year and almost everything I have read does not apply. My betta (comet) will eat whatever fits in his mouth. And will beat my lionfish when eating. He is also free swimming, but alittle timid with sudden movement.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    You are very lucky. That is extremely rare. Are you feeding live food? Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!
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