powderblue tangs

Discussion in 'Marine Fish Discussions' started by Furbz, 18 Sep 2009.

Voter count: 47
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How long have you kept a Powder Blue?

  1. kept them alive successfully for longer than a year

    13 vote(s)
    27.7%
  2. kept alive, but not for a full year

    11 vote(s)
    23.4%
  3. tried to keep one, but not successfully

    8 vote(s)
    17.0%
  4. tried a few times, unsuccessful in all cases

    7 vote(s)
    14.9%
  5. Tried to keep one and gave my tank white spot, never again

    8 vote(s)
    17.0%
  1. Furbz

    Furbz

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    hey mods.
    i want you to start a poll on powderblue tangs.

    with the following..

    >ppl who have kept them alive successfully for longer than a year

    >kept alive, but not for a full year

    >tried to keep one, but not successfully

    >tried a few times, unsuccessful in all cases

    (or at least something along those lines)


    the reasoning for this poll is i think these fish should be on the list of fish not to keep.
    i dont think i know of 1 reefer that is keeping 1 successfully.

    i recon the results are going to be pretty shocking.. and tell their own story.
     
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  3. Tony

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    I kept one alive for a year with no problems then white spot got the better of him. I think I was partially to blame that maybe i didn't feed enough although he was fat
     
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    mmhh lets see.

    In my newbie days, had one that lasted all but 1 month until whitespot got the better of him. Tried another one 3 years later (was much more knowledgeable), had him for 3 weeks until my (older) Scopa bullied him to near death, died later in the sump of whitespot. 3rd attempt was this year around February (no Scopa in tank)....this one doing fine albeit far too fine as he has become the "Alpha" male of the tank and keeps the Regal, Sailfin and 2 Yellow tangs in check.

    Also whitespot doesn't seem to be problem in my tank as none of the fish show signs of it. Keep them all fat and heavy Nori feedings seems to have maybe done the trick. Also having the right tank mates has helped...I have 31 other fish in the tank....
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Poll added ;)
     
  6. Nemos Janitor

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    @Furbz can we add. Tried to keep one and gave my tank white spot, never again.
     
  7. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Added. :)
     
  8. Furbz

    Furbz Thread Starter

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    nice thanx mekaeel.
    i have seen a friend attempt it twice and i have attempted it once.
    every time it died just shortly after a month of white spot.
     
  9. Suhayl

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    4 years and the boss of my reeftank. Eats anything I feed it and grazes all day.
     
  10. Annoying

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    Mine did great actually but then came a whole heep of nasties in the tank!
    Fistly I added him to my new biiger tank but he too it quite well. Then I had him for a monyh or so when a giant red slime algae problem came and I wnt to my lfs to here what to do he gave me antibiotics for the tank and told me the quintaties that are safe but I also have a 1200 litre tank and I think he got mixed up beteween the both and gave me the wrong amount! Also I baught new activated carbon at him and asked if it would be OK for the tank and that it's safe for marine... Did a little more recearch on the carbon and found that it's not nearly safe for marine use! The tang got whitespot of all the stuff and didn't make it!:(
     
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    I never had any problems keeping PB - My only problems with fish is that the seem to die when my tank breaks :(
     
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    sailfin tang gave mine a go.. he was alot smaller than the sailfin and didnt make it
     
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    Marlin Fischer Mutantfish

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    Well then shouldn't Powder Brown and Achilles also be added under this category?

    Also i have noticed that aquarists that have large marine tanks manage to keep theirs healthier far easier than those with smaller tanks?

    When is say large i mean at least 1000L or more.
     
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    PB is notouriuosly difficult to keep , arent they ?
     
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    I had a powder blue that lived for 4 years, but it was in a very large tank that we built-in over 4000l, I has tried subsequintly in smaller tanks, but they really need space! I also had a yellow tang that lived for 14 years, moving to about 6 different tanks and 3 owners over the years! I'm sure thats probably some kinda record. haa haa
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    was doing very well but added a new fish and white spot got the beter of him.
     
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    I'm doing a little version of a library here with our local hobby site and i hope the mod won't mine if I post it.

    SurgeonFishes aka Tangs - Seareef Forums

    there are numerous type of tang but in my opinion PBT is the most prone to ICK
     
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    wow, i was thinking of adding one to my tank down the line but reading this i think i'll skip it unless i get a decent swimming space in a biggish tank.

    these threads can be incredible useful, thanks to all whom have posted
     
  19. Furbz

    Furbz Thread Starter

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    well i think this is pretty conclusive!
    i would go on further to say that in order to keep one successfully. you tank is going to have to be over 800L for this fish to stand a chance!

    i think in future all newbies and ppl asking about keeping one of these fish should be directed to this thread
     
  20. Jaak

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    I think we should have the same poll for Powder Browns. Mods, can we do it?
     
  21. Nemos Janitor

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    Hmmm.... well most of the posts relate a PB getting MI/WS. So if the MI/WS is removed then it should be a doddle, Right?

    So does that mean that all those that have tried are doing it wrong, or is the belief that treatment in a quarantine tank is the answer and if they contract the disease it was present in the new habitat.

    Now if one looks at the posts of MI from this thread. White Spot Revealed!! - General Discussions and the ATJ's Marine Aquarium Site - Reference - Marine "Ich" artical one must assume that one puts a healthy fish into a MI environment to it's detriment. Or, the PB had the disease in the first place and was not properly quarantined as recommended in the above articles, OR these articles are incorrect in their methods, OR, the disease is not MI, OR, OR, OR, OR.....

    Powder Blues, Browns, chocolates, achilles etc are white spot magnets. They need to be quarantined for at least two months MI free. If not you send a death sentence to the rest of your inhabitants. Consider carefully and yes they need lots of veggies and space.
     
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