- February 25th, 2011
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Since the Blonde Naso Tang died, I’ve been trying to get another tang to go through the hyposalinity treatment this run-through. There are plenty of reasons why this is a good idea; I only have to do the treatment once, it will be less stressful on the two of them when they eventually go into the display tank because they will have already sorted out their aggression. I was hoping to find a healthy tang that was about the right size, and something that wasn’t yellow (since Filet is completely yellow, and the Atlantic Blue may end up being yellow for a while).
This week, I found a Powder Brown Tang. He’s a little small but he’s got some spunk to him. I’ve been acclimating him down to the quarantine tank’s salinity level and yesterday I put him in the main quarantine tank and last night I removed the barrier between them so they could finally meet each other. I also managed to get a few pictures of the powder brown tang.
It was interesting to watch the two of them together. The Atlantic Blue is considerably bigger, but the Powder Brown hasn’t shown any signs of giving up yet. He really wants to be the dominant tang, so it will be interesting to see who ends up being the boss. Also, the Powder Brown hadn’t yet figured out that the algae clip was actually holding the algae; I had to shake it off the clip and he would eat it as it floated around. Once the Atlantic Blue immediately went for the algae clip, it was funny to see the Powder Brown figure out that he was going to be getting his food that way from now on.
So the bad news is that this restarts the six-week timer for their treatment: it will be six weeks minimum before they can go in the display tank. The good news is that I have a pretty new fish and hopefully he’ll make it past the stress of moving to the quarantine tank. He seems to be doing pretty well so far…