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    New yellow tang not eating

    It is the third day, and I still did not see any sign that the new yellow tang is willing to eat in my tank. He/she is about 3 and half inchs. I brought it on the 2nd day when he/she arrived at the store. Don't have any information if it is even fed in tank environment. I did not QT it, because the 10G QT tank seems too small for him. He started to swim over the full tank almost from the first minute. Although he graze on rocks a little (a few times as far as I can see), but for the most of time, he just swim around (not fast at all, at a stop and go pace). He seems relax.

    I tried to feed him nori and lettuce with a lettuce clip. I feed other fish with flakes and mysis. But he never show any interests with any foods.

    Would the yellow tang love live algae? Where can I get some in Ottawa?

    Thanks a lot in advance for your advice.

    BTW, my tank is two years old, but I am quite new to this hobby.
    TANK: 75G with 60pl live rock and live sand bed
    LIGHTING: 4xT5
    FISH: pair of clown fish, 1 yellow-tail damsel, 1 yellow tong, three green Chromis
    INVERTEBRATES: pair of cleaners, many blue legs and red legs, a few snails
    CORALS:Brain, flower pot, frog spawns, mushrooms, etc

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    does he look really skinny or bloated? posting a pic would be best.

    any white or black spots or dots?

    does the damsel chase him?

    you could try some garlic extract mixed with some of the food to entice him to eat. if he is grazing a little, it may just take some time for him to feel comfortable but YT's are usually pigs :b15:.
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    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
    does he look really skinny or bloated? posting a pic would be best.
    He looks ok, bloated overall, but with empty belly. I will try to take a pic asap.

    any white or black spots or dots?
    No, did not see any odd color on skin.

    does the damsel chase him?
    No, the damsel (1") is quite smaller than him. All other fish are not scared of him anymore. Only a clown fish pretends to "chase" him, after it passes their home.

    you could try some garlic extract mixed with some of the food to entice him to eat. if he is grazing a little, it may just take some time for him to feel comfortable but YT's are usually pigs :b15:.
    I will try different sea weeds with garlic today.
    TANK: 75G with 60pl live rock and live sand bed
    LIGHTING: 4xT5
    FISH: pair of clown fish, 1 yellow-tail damsel, 1 yellow tong, three green Chromis
    INVERTEBRATES: pair of cleaners, many blue legs and red legs, a few snails
    CORALS:Brain, flower pot, frog spawns, mushrooms, etc

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    it may be normal specially if he's possibly straight from the ocean. he's most likely used to grasing on rocks.. so picking stuff from the open water is not normal to him at the moment.. give him time. Hopefully his other tank mates are not stressing him too much and there is ample space to hide. I find that lowering the lights for a few days helps acclimate stressed fishies.

    enrich his diet like a4twenty said, garlic is great on parasites..
    try mysis shrimp mixed with garlic, selcon and cyclopeese.

    make him feel @ home

    also.. put a dark blanket on the front and sides of the tank if kids are running around and/or touching the glass.. this will also help with the stress.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    This is the reason that you should make sure that the fish is eating at the store before you bring him home. Hopefully the fish will get the right idea and start eating for you. My yellow tang is a pig.
    Equipment: 150 Gallon glass 60"x24"x24" | 75 Gallon Sump / duplex | 150lbs Indo live rock | MSX200 on order | 3x250w HQI Giesmann 14500K & 2x54w T5HO Aquascience 22K | 2 vortech WWDRO/DI

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    If he is picking at the rocks then take a 1/4 sheet of nori and attach it to a small piece of LR with an elastic band. If you tang is grazing it will be more likely to find the nori here then on a clip up at the top of the tank.
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    Good news - he starts eating

    Thanks a lot for all the response.

    He starts eating after I tear the seaweed into smaller pieces. I have several kind of nori. Seems he doesn't like the roasted nori (which is made for Sushi). He love the regular brown nori, which is much cheaper and in much lower quality than the roasted one.

    Once again, thanks for all the response.
    TANK: 75G with 60pl live rock and live sand bed
    LIGHTING: 4xT5
    FISH: pair of clown fish, 1 yellow-tail damsel, 1 yellow tong, three green Chromis
    INVERTEBRATES: pair of cleaners, many blue legs and red legs, a few snails
    CORALS:Brain, flower pot, frog spawns, mushrooms, etc

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    great news :b16:


    my PT is picky to, only likes the green nori, won't even look at any others.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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