My Tang Helped to Kill His First Victim
Well seeing as I had an aptasia problem, I went to the store and bought a beautiful copperband butterfly. As soon as he hit the water, my yellow hawaiian tang was all over him and would not stop fighting. So I fed him, turned off the lights and re-arranged some of the rock work. This did not do the trick. Plagued with stress and intimidation, the copperband kicked the bucket in less than a week.
My question is this, what fish can I add that will surve some sort of purpose in my tank and not get overly intimidated and be able to hold its own with my tang?
My other fish include a blue damsel, a royal gamma basslet, dragon goby, and a pajama cardinal. I also have a scarlet cleaner shrimp, coral banded shrimp, pistol shrimp, sally lightfoot crab, and some snails etc.
The tank is a 55g with live rock and corals.
CBB are only for the most advanced reefers. They shouldn't be sold anyways. How about a bunch of peppermint shrimps? they work wonders on aptasia.
This is the exact same thing that happened to us.....or so mike told me. But he was able to catch the butterfly and bring it to the store. Yellow tangs are vicious and territorial fish. We got rid of ours because we were never able to add new fish to the tank. They should always be the last fish to be added to an aquarium. Not to mention butterflies are very picky eaters and one thier food is gone they wont eat. I too would recommend pepperment shrimp.
Nothing everythingnyou put in there from now one has a 50/50 chance of dying. except inverts. I would get rid of the yellow tang, I had to do the same thing. I dont know people like them fish anyway.
Well that's good to know that copperbands are for experts....wish I had known that before. I got the aptasia under control with some Joe's Juice. It works great.
So everyone says just to get rid of the yellow tang? If I can catch him that is.
You might be able to add other fish that do not share that body shape. ANy angels, tangs, or butterfly fish will be in for a fight.
Joe's juice works great but keep one thing in mind, when aptasia melt or are cut away, they will spread everywhere. So if you use Joe's make sure to really get that thing. Other wise it can recover and will reproduce like crazy.
I am having the same problem, the tang was put in last. Its currently harrassing the blue devil damsel. So far its left the lion fish alone.
I thinking to return it.
Try wrasses, they are very fast and usally dont take crap from tangs. Racoon butterflys are also aptasia eaters.
if you want something to control aptasia your best bet is pepermint shrimp, they work great.
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