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  1. Cgoodburn

    Cgoodburn

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    Detailed help request
    Are you experiencing any problems in your tank?
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    Brief Description
    My FOXFACE has been in my tank for 3 weeks. He still has not settled. He eats very well. But colouring is off. in fact he is almost never yellow. Always hiding only comes out to eat. From what i have read he is stressed. i think my tank may be too small. need to act before its too late, advice would be appreciated. No signs of WS though
    Tank size
    960x552x665
    System Volume
    250l
    How long has your tank been running?
    2months
    What livestock do you have?
    GREEN STAR POLYP
    BLUE MUSHROOM
    2 SMALL CLOWN FISH
    1 FOXFACE
    All doing well
    Water Parameters
    Alkalinity (dkh):
    Calcium: 420
    Phosphate:
    Magnesium:
    pH:8.2
    Nitrite:0
    Nitrate:0
    Ammonia:0
    Salinity:1,022
    Temperature: 25,4
    What lighting is over the tank?
    234W T5 linear (1 watt/ litre)
    117W 10,000K/117W Actinic
    RED SEA MAX SYSTEM
    Pumps and equipment
    Circulation Pumps 1 x 1200 lph & 1 x 2400 lph
    (320 gph & 640 gph)
    Skimmer water throughput 1000 lph (240 gph)
    Skimmer max Air flow 300 lph (80 gph)
    Skimmer foam adjuster
    Maintenance
    Water changes every week 25l. Using salt water from the LFS, which closely matches my tank water
    Skimmer cleaned weekly
    Food : Formula 2 flakes (ocean nutrition) 3x daily small amounts
    Other info and photo's.
    I hope his is the correct place to post. I want to do whats best for my fish and tank. If it means giving him away or trading then so be it. Cannot take pics as he is always hiding
    Please help.
     
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  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    How large is the foxfae?
     
  4. lIghty

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    They do tend to be quite shy at first, just try not to fiddle with you tank to give him some time to settle.

    As 459b asked, what size is it?
     
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    the other thing that ofetn impacts on a fox faces behavior is the other fish, they often like a number of other calm fish around them before they settle propperly. i must admit that tank does sound a little small, but so long as he is feeding and has some rock work to hide in he is most likley comming out while you and others are away from the tank. after a while he should settle, but i think the lack of other fish may be playing a role with that.
     
  6. Cgoodburn

    Cgoodburn Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the feedback

    The tank is 960x552x665 or 250l.
    What other fish would you suggest. I want to go slowly, as the tank is only weeks old. i do have lots of place to hide, will also check when i am away from the tank.
    Thanks again
     
  7. Cgoodburn

    Cgoodburn Thread Starter

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    size of foxface

    its about 5/6cm
     
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    He's nice and small so size isn't a problem IMO. As Crispin says, he might feeling like he's in the spotlight.
     
  9. Cgoodburn

    Cgoodburn Thread Starter

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    Thanks

    What do you suggest I add as a tank mate..
     
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    My fox follows my sailfin everywhere, have seen thus at a LFS as well.. So I would recommend a sailfin but one that is at most 7/8 cm.. But lets hear what the pro's say..
     
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    sailfins get very large, so unless you plan on upgrading soon then it wouldnt be a good suggestion.

    What wish would you like to add to your tank?
     
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    Are there enough hiding places like caves in rockwork for the guy to hide?
     
  13. Cgoodburn

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    Hiding spots

    i have loads of place for him to hide, thats why i never see him.
    I always wanted to have a yellow tang, but i have read that this is out of the question as well. i guess easy fish would be Green Chromis or Banggai Cardinal. As a beginner i think these may be best.
    Thanks
    [​IMG]

    This is a picture of my tank
     
  14. juan R

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    I also had the same with my Foxface, but when i put brown sergion in he changed completely and now follows the sergion everywhere. He also does not hide that much anymore and comes out alot more when we are aruond the tank. how long have you had him? maby he just needs time to settle.
     
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    MY fox also followed my scopas tang around, seems to be a thing for this species to have a mate in the tank
     
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    Ja, seems that way. mine swims all over the place now but still likes to have a place to hide every now and then.
     
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    Cgoodburn Thread Starter

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    Foxface update

    To everyone, thanks for your input and advice, greatly appreciated.
    1. I have added more hiding areas and see foxy less and less.
    2. He/she still eats like a horse, have tried nori, which foxy will not try
    3. Have added 2 small Royal gamma and other than making the tank look pretty has had no effect.
    4. Foxy will eat from my hand if i keep it in long enough (worried about venom) so i am careful
    5. Foxy still looks like a rotten banana most of the time.(just the top half)

    Result i will give it another week and if this (rotten banana effect is the result of stress) i will reluctantly part with foxy.
    C
     
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    hope it does not get to that mate! Good luck......
     
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    No man give it time. I had a foxface in a 270L tank and he was more than ok with the size, had a tang in there with him. Have u thought of adding a bigger pal for him ?
     
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    I agree, give him time. Mine goes through patches of ups and downs.
     
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    Remember that foxfaces are well known for being drama queens, hiding and appearing all stressed out over seemingly nothing - its perfectly normal behavior (within reason) for the species
     
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