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Old 04-15-2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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Damsel hits fish with his tail?

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I have 2 damsels in my tank of many fish. Anyways i introduced 3 new fish yesterday, A Emperor Angel, Tang and a butterfly fish. Anyways my Damsel seems to go up to my Emperor Angel and hit him with his tail, or brush him with this tail i dont know. What does this mean? Is a Threat or is it how he greets other fishies or maybe his retarded and its some sort of mating dance thing. I saw my Tang do it back to one of the Damsels.

Nothing too serious just curious

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:18 AM   #2
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IME thats a sign of aggression...

I would keep an eye on them, if it dose not stop it can injure the fish or stress it to death....
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:21 AM   #3
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+1 More often than not, Damsels are the blame for issues of territory and general acts of aggression. If this becomes relentless.......you might have a good chase on your hands.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:32 AM   #4
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Damsels (and some clowns) are the scourge of many tanks because they can be so aggressive. This one sounds like it thinks it's a tang.
Personally, I wouldn't have one in any of my tanks.
I hope this tank you have is very large.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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My tank is 350L (92 Gallons) So there is plenty of room, im just curious as to why he uses his tail instead of just biting him? I havent seen him do it today so lets hope all will be well
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #6
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the only damsel I have now other then my false perc clowns has its own tank...
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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92 gallons is not a lot for a damsel's ego.

Some of my favorite lines are:
You can put the greatest supervillain in a tank with a damsel and come morning, the supervillain will be dead and the damsel will be happy

Damsel is slang for d@mn sell (that fish)!

I had a damsel that would attack bubbles

As for the tang: The tang flicks back with its tail because it has a barb on the "spot". That thing is razor-sharp and will even do a number on your hand if you try and grab the tang. You really want to decide if a cheap fish is worth keeping when he kills off the other more expensive fish.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #8
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D@mn sell.. Its so clear now! I must inform my LRS!

Well i guess i could buy a army of tangs to destroy my damsels, id never catch em lol, for now they seem to be doing alright with eachother.

In my tank i have a Wrasse who only seems to enjoy keeping my Damsels in place, and the damsels dont touch my wrasse. Also the Wrasse doesnt touch any other fish in my tank which is a relief. So you could say his a super hero.. Though his name is "Harass The Wrasse"
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Have you ever seen a tang battle... whoa, those are intense knife fights. Talk about battle scars! Eventually the loosing tang learns it place or it is goodbye for the looser.

What type of wrasse, they can be heroes as well as villains... kinda like the moralistically ambiguous modern super hero.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:56 PM   #10
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Im not sure of whats its called but heres a video of my tank i took a while ago, he comes out at about 0:47 Seconds. His a blue wrasse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVWYG...f0AUAAAAAAADAA
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is that a shark?

port jakson?
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maybe a Lyretail Wrasse?
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:23 PM   #13
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If you've added those three fish to all the fish in that tank already then it is severely loaded.
Not the best of things to have when so many of your fish are needful of a decent sized territory just for themselves.
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If you've added those three fish to all the fish in that tank already then it is severely loaded.
Not the best of things to have when so many of your fish are needful of a decent sized territory just for themselves.
I have to agree. You have added 3 big fish at once. That could really make an already territorial damsel even more territorial. I have always heard its better to add one fish at a time and wait at least a couple of weeks before adding another. This also keeps your bio-load from spiking. Also, try to add the most aggressive fish last. That way the other fish will have established their own territory in the tank. Too late in your case though. Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:27 AM   #15
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is that a shark?

port jakson?
Yeah thats a port jackson but ive sold him.

I Figured if i added them all at once, they wont get bullied, because each time i add a single fish he gets bullied by the damsel, adding them at once the other 2 are fine its just the tang.

Personally i hate my damsel i took him off my cousin who got rid of his tank so he gave me his fish. Im considering fishing them out saving me having to remove all my rocks to get them.
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