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Old 04-03-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Help! White Stripe On Yellow Tang!


I just fed the fish (look below, has all my fish in the link) about 4 hours ago. I went out, the lights turned off probably about 2 hours ago, and now when I came back home their is on white stripe on one side, and one on the other, seeming to me in the exact spot but on different sides. I didn't see it earlier, and he was eating seaweed off the clip. Now he is swimming around the tank like normal.

WHATS WRONG!

i really don't want him to die, he is so fun!! and he was expensive.

PLEASE HELP!!!
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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also, he was swimming oddly on the front of the aquarium really close to the glass, and i cant remember if he normally did that. i have had him for at least 1 week
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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Its normal at night they look like they have a white stripe dont worry
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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+1 he'll be fine.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:34 PM   #5
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is this a normal thing? i mean, i look at him from far away and he is pacing it seems like
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #6
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oops. sorry didnt see the earlier post. so what about the pacing, he seems like he has more energy today. or im just freaking myself out.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:39 PM   #7
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and also its only in one corner. and he goes back and forth. and the lights are out, so usually he is in his little hiding place.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #8
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He'll find a place that he feels safe @ night....ususally behind rockwork that hides him from activety [ususally that is the front of the tank..]

Are you saying that he's swimming back & forth where he doesn't normally sleep?

There may be something else there...another fish??
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:50 PM   #9
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he has been in the tank for about 1 week. so i dont know what would be wrong now? there are usually 2 clownfish close by to where he normally sleeps, but i have never seen the clowns actually go through there.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:51 PM   #10
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could higher nitrates be causing stress?
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:15 PM   #11
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do you have any corals. Nitrates would have to be pretty high. If your sig pic is recent, I would doubt they are that high unless your light sucks and even then its a stretch.

Ok, just checked your tank thread. Here is my advice

He needs a cave, build one, if you need some tonga rock to do it, get it. lack of algae says tank is pretty young for a tang, feed lots of nori. koralia is nice, save up for an mp10, set it in reef crest mode. Tank is a little small for a tang, but you can make it work. Kept my yellow of 7 years in a 29 for 5 because my wife got it as a gift no knowing better, she wasnt' the wife then so I had to say I would keep it. get him on some mysis. Keep a steady water change regiment. Skim, SKim, Skim. Oh, and add some softies to help him feel at home.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #12
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if you don't have a skimmer, buy that long before the mp10(vortech).
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:55 PM   #13
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i have one hairy mushroom coral. and now there are about 3ish caves for him to explore. he found one that he goes into all the time that i think he likes. when i came home today his white line was not as noticeable, and when i fed the fish, he was hungier than i have ever seen him. he ate the brine shrimp that i fed the clowns and wrassie, and then i put some seaweed in and tore that to shreds and ate the living daylights out of it. now that the lights have turned off you can see the white stripe more noticeably. i am begining to believe that it is just a nightly thing. although he does still pace a little around the front of the tank. but not as bad as last night
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:35 AM   #14
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All of what you are describing is very normal. My yellow of 7 years still shows the white line on occasion in the morning. The more nori and good food they eat the deeper their yellow will become and the less visible the white line will be. I put zoe and zoecon on my pellets several times a week and I think that helps too.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:53 AM   #15
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Your tang is fine. It happens when the lights turn on suddenly.
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