healthy fish?

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  1. martinkeyser

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    in my tank i have 2 blue yellow tail damsels, 2 tomato clowns and a eyllow tang.
    maybe this is a stupid question but how do i know if they are healthy, what can i look out for (except fish not eating:whistling:) to tell me something is going wrong. still new here so some advice from the experts would be nice
     
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    The yellow Tang should be this first to show any signs of trouble. Either not eating or white spot.

    Blue Yellow tail damsels are very hardy little fish and are strong. Excellent for beginners, and I like them.
     
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    thanx riaan, the yellow tang is not eating what i`m feeding him but is permanently eating from the rocks. is that still normal too?
     
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    What are you feeding the tang maybe he doesn't like that kind of food. An easy way to know if your fish isn't happy is loss in colour and appitite...
     
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    Put small piece Nori with veggie clip against the glass, half way down.
    If you does not eat it...

    Can boy Nori from Woolworths. What the Japanese use to roll their Sushi. A lot cheaper than LFS
     
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    Thre nori will get him going. What prepared food are you feeding him
     
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    Yellow Tang will eat just about anything but their herbavours and thier not really pick, to maintain the bright color you can suppliment them with Leaf lettuce, small bits brocolli & zuchinni
     
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    thanx you all, sorry for only replying now. hectic day.
    feeding him sea veggies, green seaweed. it`s on a clamp against the window but he doesn`t seem phased by it. his coulor is still very bright and he is permanently eating from the rocks. he even cleaned up all the algae off the big snail.think that is sufficient food for one tang?
     
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    ok, now i`m really getting worried.
    the yellow tang is still not eating. got hold of nopri today but it`s not bothered about it, tried sea veggies flakes last night too. the only thing it eats is from the rocks and the pellets i,m feeding the clowns and damsels called: dr bassleer`s biofish food. it also seems very shy the last 12 hours
    help please
     
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    Martin have you tried soaking the nory in garlic ?
     
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    no, please explain more?
     
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    take FRESH garlic, peel & crush lightly, drop in a glass of heated RO, I use the the micro to heat it. I then soak a piece for 1/2 hour or so in the water . When feeding it will break up easily but it seems the garlic stimulates the feeding
     
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    thanx frans.
    i only have garlic flakes, lemon and parsley flavour. think i can use that too?
     
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    If you plan on making a lemon butter sauce yes ;) Go for FRESH garlic, best not to use the crushed garlic either. Just get one "ball" from fruit and veg, spar etc 5 bucks or so
     
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    thanx frans going now
     
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    thanx frans going now!
     
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    thanx frans going now
     
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    How's it going martin ?
     
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    got garlic and going to make the mix now, tang still hiding. put some nori under a rock this afternoon and someone ate it. hope it was the tang
     
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    martin to be honest it sounds to me like he is justa shy fish. you dont have a heavily stocked tank and i think the YT simply hides at any movement around the tank. Keep going with the nori, although if he is used to feeding off the rocks (great sign) then take a small piece of Lr, wrap some nori around it and use an elastic to hold it there. put that on the reef and see if he has a nibble. be pacient with him though.


    i also found that my tangs settled far more in a slightly heavier stocked tank rather than just a few fish.

    just my view from reading this thread, obviously i havent seen your fish
     
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