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Powder Blue & Yellow Tang - 05/07/05 Hey WWM, <Hey> Your site is very helpful, got in the hobby during December and your advice helped tremendously.  My question is that I have an 80 gallon tank with 120 lbs live rock, corals, and a Euro reef skimmer.  I have a yellow tang, 1 false Perc clown, 2 sand sifting gobies, and 3 Chromis.  I bought a powder blue tang from the LFS, and since he acclimated and was introduced to the main tank, the yellow tang has been non stop fighting with it, the powder tang, is hiding in a corner, and barely appears to have the confidence to swim around.  They are the same size roughly, but should I return the fish, for its life sake, or will this come to pass over time. <Return the powder-blue to the store.  Your tank is too small for these two tangs in the long term, and the aggression you're witnessing will likely end badly for one or both fishes (physical injury or disease from stress).  Do research/plan your purchases better in the future my friend.> Thank you for your support. <Regards, Eric R.>
Re: Powder Blue & Yellow Tang Part II
Dear WWM, Thanks for the advice about returning the Power Blue to the tank.  However, what stinks is that the day I was going to return him, I  noticed that he had white spots all over him. I think it is ich. I  had this outbreak several months ago, all the fish that were to die,  unfortunately died, however a few survived, like the yellow tang. I  did not know this disease could be dormant for so long.  <Yes, particularly with some fish hosts/vectors...> Anyway, I  bought kick-ich only to come home and read the forums that state this product is a waste of $25. <It is... return it> Anyway, obviously I could not return a sick fish to the store. The other fish in the tank do not show any signs of ich, such as white spots, rapid breathing, scratching, etc. Should I still use the kick-ich anyway? <I would not> I also bought Metronidazole by Seachem, was told it is good to mix with the emerald entree that I feed them. I unfortunately do not have a QT tank, I know I need one now. Are there any other suggestions you might have, this is a   beautiful fish that I don't want to loose. Thank You, Christopher Sandoval <Keep studying, stop buying chemicals and livestock till you know what you're doing. Bob Fenner>

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