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    feeding shy tang

    got my first fish today and it;s a small yellow tang. when i try to feed him or just watch him for that matter he will swim to to the back to hide. how can i feed him if he keeps hiding on me when i'm near the tank?
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    He will get ajusted...give him a few days...even a day sometimes....how did you acclimatize him?What are you feeding him?
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    i acclimatize him by putting him in there for 15mins then adding about half a cup of my water and wait for another 15mins then another half cup and then another 15mins then into the tank. he;s swimming back and forth behind the rocks now. i have frozen brine shrimp and some veggie flakes.
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    you put the bag in the tank for 15 minutes and then adding water every 15 minute?
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    yah, is that not long enough? he seems to be swimming around a lot but usually only in the back
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    Well thats not realy the proper to do it.I will explain it to you.

    This is how i do it,

    Put the fish still in the bag into a bucket.

    I take a air line..from air pumps to produce bubbles and i make a knot...just tight enough that you can blow air in it yourself feeling a restriction.

    Then put it in the water held by something like a veggie clip or anything that prevents it to fall out of the tank.

    Then siphon on the line till you see the water coming out...il will only drip....thats what you want.

    Then when water flows put it in the bag were your fish in...let it drip for a good 45 min to 1 hr..depending on species even longuer...espescially inverts.

    Then when your done take take the bag and put in the water with the fish in it to adjust the temp of the bag to the water in the tank...approx 10minutes...

    Close the lights to your tank....or have only actinics on....then put the fish in the tank...
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    Let me add to that Volitan. Same procedure but try matching salinity. Today, i bought a Naso tang and the clerk told me salinity was at 1.016 and to drip for about 1h to get to 1.025. Ya right. Good thing i had a refactometer, it took me 4.5 hours to match the salinity. And every hour i took out about 2-3 cups of water so salinity would go up a bit faster. If i had dripped 1 hour or used the add a cup here and there the fish would be dead.
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    thanks volitan i'll try that with my next fish. i'm going to get a refractometer soon so i can get an exact salinity of the water from the fish store. for every point difference how long should i drip for?
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    To feed your shy fish try wrapping a small piece of nori on a piece of live rock attach with an elastic, place it among your rock , stand back and wait he'll come out and pick.
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    Originally posted by neotekz
    thanks volitan i'll try that with my next fish. i'm going to get a refractometer soon so i can get an exact salinity of the water from the fish store. for every point difference how long should i drip for?
    It all depends if its an invert or not..or if its a really sensitive fish but genearally i do it for 45 minutes approx....the dripping then 10 minutes in the tank with the bag..then put the fish in the wate without the lights
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