Bowel Evisceration

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Sad story guys!

Ive had my 10cm powder blue for a year now, from the day i bought it, it never had white spot:)

I keep a few tangs, powder blue, yellow tang, regal and sailfin in a 1.5M tank. All very happy.

When it became very hot 2 weeks ago, temp spiked a bit out of the usual, and there was a bit of fighting. Unfortunately, the sailfin nicked a huge gap in the powder blues side, bowel hanging out and all. Thereafter the PB started losing weight, stoppped feeding, and couldnt pass faeces, basically a Small Bowel Obstruction (SBO).

1 day ago he died, how very sad, after a year of trouble free swimming! So just out of interest, how many people have had there tangs eviscerated, and of those, how many survived.

So far for me its 1 evisc, 1 death. Doesnt sound good. thats 100% mortality
 

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Hell sorry to hear this, PB is a magnificent fish, sorry for the loss.
 
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Sorry for your loss.

When you say the sailfin nicked the Powder Blue, do you mean he speared him with his tail scalpels ?
 
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Yep, speared him with the scalpals! 1 clean cut, they get a bit agro when the temp goes up. Such a nice fish!
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My clown surgeon regularly (about twice a month) causes deep gashes in the pencil surgeons side(who is twice the size btw), up to a cm deep but within a week there is no sign of any damage, completely healed. Your gash does sound a lot more severe tho.
 

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The heat reduces oxygen in the water, Marine101. A lack of oxygen could quite possibly cause increased aggrevation, in the fish...... Like people getting irritated when they are hot and bothered.... causing "unnatural" in-fighting between fish....
 
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Yes, apparently the 2 oceans keeps there surgeon tank chilled, Coz they say it reduces fighting. For me also, my tangs used to get into small fights, a scratch here or there. But the latest one quite clearly showed perforated bowel. I think at that stage, theyr a gonna. I am not sure if i should replace the powder blue, fearing this might happen again, or perhaps this was just a freak occurence, i really dont know?
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I would not risk it, unless you can get a PB, way bigger than your Sailfin.

The Sailfin has shown his true colours and sounds like his weapons have matured, so he will use them to show his dominance.
 
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Is it possible to take a pic of your sailfin's scalpels? do they look any different to when they are not fully grown? do they extend etc. read a small bit on how dangerous they are but nothin much else
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