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Tanya Severson - 2012-04-21
I have a pacific sailfin tang. It kept hitting itself into its tank wall. It was in a 55 gallon tank with a tiger queen anthias a triblal blenny a cleaner wrasse a royal gramma a yashia gobye a coral beauty angel a sunrise dotty a pistol shrimp and a cleaner shirmp and a black cucumber.
Why does the sailfin tang slam itself into the tank wall?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-21
    Tangs get stressed very easy. Anything new in the tank or environment that could be stressing him. Maybe turn the lights out and let it relax. check your water levels as well.
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Sean - 2006-01-28
I have had a naso tang for 2-3 mounths in a six foot tank. It's doing excellent and this tang has become very well tamed and I can put my hand in a stroke it. The colors are beautiful. Also kept with xl ocean tang, maroon clown, 3 yellow tail damsels, male square anthius, elbi angel, snowflake moray and a zebra moray. All the fish get on perfectly well. Does tend to fade in color at night. Kept at temperatures of 75-78 degrees. All levels of tests are fine except nitrate, which is bit high. Sump has live rock and biorbs. The naso tends to like fast flowing water in the tank. I got that through a tunze streamline 6080 which does a brilliant job.

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Paul - 2012-04-13
What is the difference between a Vlamingi and a blue spotted unicorn? how do you tell them apart when young.

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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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Dhritiman Datta - 2007-12-06
I have one of these in my 200 litre Fish Only tank. He is very aggressive towards my Pakistani Butterfly and Sebae Clown and other fish of its same size! But they are a really hardy species, very rarely attacked by diseases. Just make sure to provide a good amount of green.

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Don - 2010-03-19
I've an Achilles Tang I've had for about a month -- was doing fine but starting getting white spots about two weeks ago (thought it was itch), cleaner shrimp and cleaner wrasse seems to have cleared that up. However colouration seems to be lost on front half of fish and hasn't returned. Any ideas on what this could be -- not gasping for air, eating well and still moving well about the tank. Unfortunately didn't quarantine first (dumb I know) -- looking to take out of display tank to treat -- only have a goby and 5 year old Yellow Tang in the tank with him and they don't appear to be showing any signs (Yet). I have pictures if anyone want to see them if that might help.

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Trish - 2011-04-03
I am amazed reading all the comments about Dory! I must have gotten the "mean Dory" because she is nothing like the Dory in the Movie. I strongly believe that Dory is threatend by me because she came into the marriage via my husband one year ago. She HATES me and recently my husband bought me a tiny cute Dory (I named her DOLLY) so when he let her out into the tank, big Dory attacked her and chewed a good chunk of her tail. It is like Dory knew Dolly was mine and just took it out on her. So dolly is doing so much better now but Dory chases her and lets her know who is BOSS! Dory makes loud popping noises when she sees me and she loves to sleep! Wow. One day I clearly upset her and she got sick, spots and puffy eyes, my husband checked the 100 gallon aquarium and all was fine. So I have to be on my best behavior and not upset Dory. It is amazing. She runs the WHOLE aquarium! No joke. I love this fish despite her dislike for me and Dolly. She has a very unique character and they are beautiful!

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  • DV - 2011-04-30
    You can not put two dory's in one tank. Trish
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-15
    Blue tangs will most likely get agressive towards each other when put in the same tank, especially if they are both actually males (despite the girl names).
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supergnome - 2011-07-24
Just bought banner have 2 ins yellow tang there was small bully tactics by tang did not think it was bad just territory squable but 24hrs later no sign of banner could tang have killed the banner? My tank has about 158lbs of live rock so it could be a problem to strip it down to find him this is the first one lost.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    Tangs are herbivores so they normally don't go after meat. It can happen but would be unusual - also your tang at 2 inches isn't very big yet and I don't think he could do something other than nip a banner -
    158 pounds of rciks is a lot of rocks. The banner could be hanging out or possibly just got stuck. I think you will just have to wait and see. I doubt I would take 158 pounds of rcok out either.
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Power blue clubber lang - 2012-02-18
Just like any fish, if you have the right aquarium setup your powder blue tang will not perish but flourish. Lots of live rock: 1.75 lbs - 2 lbs per gallon. And lots of current with wavemaker (my pbt loves to swim in the current) and enough protein skimming. Use two protein skimmers if you have to. Also, install a UV sterilizer. I purchased my 6 inch power blue fat and healthy and he/she is still fat and healthy. I consider this fish easy to care for if you do it right. My tang eats nori and bloodworms. my pbt has a ravenous appetite. i will introduce it new foods next week. if you do not follow my advice on how to keep a pbt, be prepared to be counted as one who had their pbt succumb to sickness and die.

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