Tang with shredded tail

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  1. Dlaria

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    This hippo tang's tail is getting more and more shredded. Not sure if it's him acting aggro and wiggling it on sand and rocks, or him fighting with the yellow tang. It does not seem inflamed or red anywhere. Is it an illness? Could it be something picking at it while he sleeps? [​IMG]
     
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    What are your other inmates?
     
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    Is there a white "fluff" around the edges? If yes, finrot :(
     
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    How visible is the white fluff normally?
     
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    Sometimes fairly well, other times you don't notice until most of the fin is eaten away. Happened to a friend of mine.
     
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    It's probably aggresion from your YT. See if it chases the fish around and goes for it's tail. Feed the tang a little extra and it should be OK. If you see it fungusing up then you may have to QT the fish and treat it
     
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    Not seeing anything white on it. Might try treating with that Merdel stuff, though; to help it heal up. The Hippo is the one that starts it, not the Yellow Tang. They both have tail-fin fights with each other, but the hippo doesn't have the little spiky things.
     
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    While I would most definitely suggest you sort out the tangs tail even if it does not show infection treat it to prevent infection, I would advise in finding the route cause of the problem.

    It could be - territorial - do you have enough hiding places for each of the tang(s).

    It could be - feeding - are you feeding nori at least three times a week?

    Reading up about tangs quite a bit since I have some, I researched those two as the two biggest factors. Interestingly enough the lack of "veggies" and the increase in meaty food increases the aggressiveness of the tang(s).

    If you do change these two things you need to give them three or four weeks to settle.

    Mine get into little quarrels but not resulting in shredded fins. If it doesn't calm down you might want to consider choosing your favorite tang and selling the other :(
     
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    Thanks for the help. I'm only feeding Nori once a week, but they get emerald green frozen veggie every 2 days and little algae pellets 3X/day (Just a little bit in the auto-feeder). I'm still going to treat him, and I'll up the nori. :) I do feed a lot of meat to the tank, for the nennie, sun coral, and especially the evil corris wrasse.
     
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    Could be lateral line beginning it also causes frayed fins that is if it is not from fighting
     
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