HELP...new fish bullied

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  1. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    Hi,

    I have just added a butterfly fish to my tank. My yellow tang and coral beauty have been giving it grief. The tang seems to have settled but the coral beauty is being a bully.

    How long does it usually take for thus behaviour to settle?

    He's been in there a couple of hours now.

    Thanks guys
     
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  3. Sataly

    Sataly Coral Banded Shrimp

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    what I had to do in order to get my kole tang (guess same can be done to other fish) to settle and leave everyone else alone was rearranged the rock work a bit. It pretty much resets their areas and for some reason its like nothing ever happened and everyone is happy. Hope this helped!
     
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  4. scajeo

    scajeo Sea Dragon

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    +1 to rearrange. You can tried to feed a little but it will probably be only a temp thing and they'll be right back at it.
     
  5. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Try to remove the coral beauty and rearrange the rock work. Then after a bit put him back in. If he continues to be a problem then chose what fish you want more and re home the other.
     
  6. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    Thanks so much. I'm going to do a rearrange now then observe what happens. I don't want to try catch the coral beauty just yet as it may be impossible :)

    Will let you know how it goes.
     
  7. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    Do you have a QT/HT you can house the CB in for a bit? If you are rearranging the rock, that is a good time to catch him if you think you may have to go that route.
     
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  9. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    I have done a rock re shuffle and it seems to be going pretty well so far.

    Fingers crossed the peace will continue :)
     
  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    You can also try the old small mirror taped to the side of the tank trick.
     
  11. AnotherMike

    AnotherMike Fire Worm

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    All good advice above. The only thing I would add was a couple of hours is normal. I don't get concerned unless it has not tapered off at all after a full day. I usually turn the lights off for several hours when I add new fish too. In some cases I'll leave them off all day until the following morning.
     
  12. HayNZ

    HayNZ Astrea Snail

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    This forum is a life saver.

    They have had a night to relax and sleep it off so I now just need to see how they go today.

    Out of interest what is the mirror trick?