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Michael 10-03-2006 09:37 PM

Tangs and vulnerability to ich
Hi, a LFS told me that tangs are especially vulnerable to ich and other problems. Is that true? Would I endanger the other occupants of my tank if I added a tang?

Lupin 10-03-2006 09:38 PM

As far as I know, tangs are more prone to ich than other diseases thus endangering other occupants, of course.:wink2:
But ich will be present only when tangs are exposed to fish with ich. They may not show symptoms for awhile but if they get stressed, you know what's next.:dunno:

Michael 10-03-2006 10:03 PM

Nothing manages to avoid stress in my tank :P How do I ensure that a tang I purchase does not have ich?

joeshmoe 10-03-2006 10:05 PM

Lupin 10-03-2006 10:06 PM


Originally Posted by Michael
Nothing manages to avoid stress in my tank :P How do I ensure that a tang I purchase does not have ich?

Have a check up on other fish in the same as the tangs, of course. Are they ill or stressed?
Don't buy tangs in lfs you aren't sure of. You'll only increase the possibility that ich will invade your other fish.

Michael 10-03-2006 10:14 PM

My experience so far has taught me to be unsure of every LFS... they are all in the business of selling fish and I think they would tell me a fish's entire head would grow back if I inquired about purchasing one that was laying at the bottom of the tank half eaten.

Anyhow, I know what ich looks like but subtle ich can be difficult to spot. The best way to guard against it is to simply make sure the other tank occupants seem healthy? I don't feel confident because I know that I have no idea to really know how long any of the occupants have been in the tank at the LFS. Also, can't ich be dormant in the tang?

Somebody told me something about a freshwater treatment - you put a saltwater fish in a bucked of freshwater for just a second or two and all of the ich jumps off because they can't live in it for that moment or something... has anyone heard of this? Or what about preventative treatment of the tang in a bucket with ich medicine before it goes into the tank...

Would either of these preventative measures be okay? We have had a bunch of losses and we are thinking of adding a tang - I don't know if I could continue on if after everything else our remaining fish got ich because of a new occupant...

joeshmoe 10-03-2006 10:18 PM

one person was going to sell me a one eyed kissing gourami. :crazy: i should fo said ill take it for 50 cents

caferacermike 10-03-2006 10:22 PM

Tangs are beautiful, tangs are trouble. I've quit buying them. They are indeed very prone to ich and treating ich in a reef tank isn't worth the headache. When my tangs came down with it I'd try feeding better and just wait and see. Can't get em out cause of the rockwork. Can't medicate as most meds contain copper and will kill all of your inverts and micro orgainsms that make your reef tick. Can't raise temps (raising to above 86F helps speed up the life cycle and subsequently kill of the parasite). When they came down with it I just hoped for the best. If you have a fish only tank this is a simpler task.

They also seem to prefer eating fish food to algae. It's easy, has high proteins, and gives a satisfaction of being full picking at algae all day long cannot give. Many of them will die from eating a prepared meal each day. They will eat and eat yet waste away. They are mainly herbivores and their innards have adjusted to a select diet over a millenia.

I'd highly suggest, as in with any new fish purchase, a Q tank. Quarantine them in a bare 10g tank to watch their behavior for about 3 weeks. If you have any algae encrusted LR you can switch out pieces for feedings. Supplement with Nori or other dried seaweed.

I know many people that keep them with much succes and they are beautiful, just be prepared.

Lupin 10-03-2006 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by joeshmoe
one person was going to sell me a one eyed kissing gourami. :crazy: i should fo said ill take it for 50 cents

And this is marine but I know you're citing it as an example for lfs' stupidity.:wink2:

There goes Mike's post.:thumbsup:

It's a PITA when one lfs tried to sell me 20 neon tetras showing signs of NTD.:frustrated:

Michael 10-04-2006 03:24 PM

Can anyone reccommend a fish that is similarly as beautiful but does not have the attendant risks of ich?

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