poweder blue tang dying help

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  1. loneracer05

    loneracer05 Clown Trigger

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    i got a powder blue tang yesterday and it was doing very good and eating last night. i just got home from work and hes in the back corner of the tank upside down and breathing heavy. can i do anything or is it a goner?
     
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  3. Dingo

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    probably a goner... might be stress if he was healthy? they are very tricky fish tho
     
  4. TritonsGarden

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    What are your parameters? Any other fish harrassing it? Any signs of injury or disease?
    Some tangs have been known to do that when they are stressed.

    Jack
     
  5. elweshomayor

    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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    how big/ old is your tank?

    water parameters?
     
  6. loneracer05

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    it is a 55 gal (hes small only2-3 inches) the tanks about a yr old 0 amonia 2ppm nitrites havent tested nitrates 8.2 ph no other things wrong with it no one was bullying it that i saw ...no cuts or any other evidance of it
     
  7. elweshomayor

    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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    ok.. how did you acclimated him?
    Powder blue and powder brown are very docile fish..
     
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  9. loneracer05

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    he was dripped for about 3 hrs and stress coat was added
     
  10. iLLwiLL

    iLLwiLL Sailfin Tang

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    lol, not after their acclimated, powders can be some of the most aggressive fish you have ever seen after they establish their turf.

    What kind of flow do you have in the tank? It almost sounds like a your tang is suffocating from a lack of oxygen, what kind of skimmer do you have? Is there a sump? is there any plans to upgrade soon? IMO powder blues tend to do best in tanks 180 gallons or more long term.

    ~Will.
     
  11. loneracer05

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    i have a remora pro with mag 3 skimmer, no sump but there is a 10 gal fuge. i have turn the koralia 2s a hob filter( only mangroves in it) .yes i have a 300 gal tank for when he gets bigger, i buy the fish small and they go in the 55 then when they start to get bigger they go in the 300.
     
  12. jhawkor

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    Unfortunately this is true. Tangs, ESPECIALLY Powber Blue Tangs are extremely aggressive and really shouldn't be kept in a 55 gallon. I used to have a Yellow Tang in my 75 but I removed it because it was just too aggressive. I'll never keep a Tang in anything under 125 gallons again.