Banner fish harassing Yellow Tang

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  1. Toolboysa

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    Hi All

    I put two bannerfish (H. diphreutes) and Purple and a Yellow tang in my tank on Friday. Thought the banner fish were suppose to be peaceful. But every time they see my Yellow tang they swim up very close to the Yellow tang and then body slaps the yellow tang. Yellow tang doesnt even try defend himself. Should I maybe get rid of the banners?
     
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  3. WINEGUMS

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    Hi Toolboysa

    I'm a newbie so I don't have much advice. Are both bannerfish harrasing the tang or only one of them? Maybe sump the troublemaker/s until the tang has settled in a bit. Maybe just a few days.
    Good luck:thumbup:
     
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    Just observe this closely, I dont see a banner acting like that out of aggression towards any fish unless he thinks he is also a tang. They would use there dorsal spine to defend them selves or bite but body slapping a tangs aint going to do anything.

    But here is some insight into another activity of the banner which I think you might be miss interpreting. The Banner fish is also a cleaner fish and will pick parasites off of the body of other fish this is not aggression. Often the other fish will be rather spooked by this action and get defensive. I think this is most likely what is happening in your case

    Trev
     
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