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    blue tang died in less than a day after purchase Plz help!!!!!

    hi everyone I have a quick question I just bought a blue tang form oceanlife yesterday and when I got home form school I found it dead I my qt tank. me and my dad are super bummed cuz both him and I haven't been able to keep a blue. I know there is nothing wrong in my qt tank cuz I have a small blue damsel in there to keep it cycled. I would like to know if anyone has had this happened to them or if anyone has a "verdict". btw the tang ate at the store or else nick senior wouldn't have sold it to me and he ate mysis with garlic and I put a seaweed sheet that has garlic extract. so far I have ruled out everything that I could think of! plz help!!! thanks

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    How did the fish look and act just before he died? How long was he in the tank? How big is the fish? How big is the QT? What are you using for filtration on the QT? Did you test for ammonia?

    I am guessing ammonia poisoning but at this point it is an educated guess.

    QT tanks should not remain cycled. They should be bare bottom tanks with gentle water movement.


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    So if I read correctly you got him on Sunday and the fish was dead when you got home. I agree with Chris, how big is the tank and what are you using for filtration. If it is a small tank and you increased the load by adding a second fish? Or did you add more? I would first check the parameters. First place is look at ammonia. When water evaporates are you putting fresh rodi water or are you replacing with salt water? If replacing with salt water then you salt level is off. Chech the basics first. A damsel is a harder fish and can live through stuff a blue tang can't as they are more sensitive.

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    Blue tangs generally don't travel well, and I have seen best success with them in a slow acclimation. Once in the system have alot of nori in the tank, with alot of hiding space. Also make sure you have alot of oxygen through the system. Adding a airstone (bubbler) will greatly assist.

    Salinity could also play a roll, drop your salinity down to 1.020 at first and slowly raise it once the fish has settled (unless you going to medicate the fish) keep the salinity at 1.020. Try having the blue on its own at first, as the damsel may be very territorial to the system and stress the blue out from the moment it hits the water.

    I have successfully acclimated 100's of blue tangs using the above method.


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    I could throw a damsel in the ditch behind my house and it would probably live. I agree, something is off. My first two guesses would be salinity and/or ammonia, followed by improper acclimation. How many gallons is your QT?

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    The Dori I have now I have had for over 7 years. If you like the bluest thing god has created as much as I do. You might want to go against the grain and do this. As said Blue tangs do not travel well. They like a big tank that has constant low parimiters. If you buy another blue tang that looks very healthy from a reputable retailer. One that takes very good care of his livestock, and tanks. You might want to consider bypassing the qt tank. Ya you are taking a chance but that is what I do.

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    I hate to be the Tang police but the blue hippo Tang needs a large tank. We are talking well over 100 gallons. Even when they are small. If memory surveys me correctly, you have a nano tank?
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    I'm so sorry this happened to you, when you get your tank ready and you feel confident to try again, I'll buy you a new tang. I know there hard to keep so don't give up hope and PM me when your ready to try again.
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    Sucks that you're having a hard time with the tangs. What is your acclimation process? Do you utilize drip-line or float/release method? Many more sensitive fish and inverts cannot handle the stress of rapid salinity, ph, or temp changes when being moved from LSF, to Qt then to display tank and often do not make it, and die within 24-48 hours of introduction to the new tank when using the float/release. I have used drip-line acclimation for years with all the tanks (FW) I have run over the years and found it to be the least stressful way to introduce new especially less hardy fish into a tank. Also when shopping for fish it's best to purchase from a trusted LFS than online as you know the source and can inspect the fish for lateral line disease, Ich, or other issues like fin erosion, and parasites. Another thing you can do to reduce stress and ease transition is to skip feeding the day you add the new fish, or add them after the rest of the tank has been fed and any excess food has settled or captured by filtration. I have had fish that were alive and well in the transport bag from the LFS die instantly when I transferred them to the specimen container when prepping for drip acclimation, and I always try to make it as gentle as possible but it still can happen. It sucks but most LFS have some sort of return policy on livestock loss within 7-10 days. You may have to bring in a separate water sample to them when returning the fish so they can verify the water parameters are good.

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    hi ok its a 10 gallon qt tank and the salinity is at 1.025 same as my reef and I checked all my stats and they were all zero. clownfish chris when I found the tang it was discolored and it was at the bottom of the tank. the fish was about 2 inches long. I did a drip acclimate for 1 hour and 15 mins just to be safe and the drip rate was 2-3 drips per second . bigfishy I do replace all the tanks with rodi water that I buy form ocean life, I'm trying to convince my dad to buy me a rodi unit so we can start to save more money but the rodi unit is in the budget for my 180-210 gal living room "tangy" reef tank. the flitration on the tank is a powerfliter with chemi pure and fliter floss with bio balls. but we will break down the qt tank once we are done stocking my jbj 45 it resides in my dads office. and gregghamil thank you so much that will be awesome!!! I will pm you soon.

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