Urgent help needed yellow tang eating antenna off my invertebrates!

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  1. Barlan

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    hi guys.

    i have a new yellow tang, about 8cm from head to tail. he's eaten the antenna off my cleaner shrimp, my fire shrimp and this morning, off my hermit crab.

    what do i do?

    will the inverts be able to live without their antenna? until they hopefully malt.

    i use Salinity salt, so i dont dose my tank with anything. (regarding iodine dosing)

    any advice?

    thank you.
     
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    I think they should still be able to live.
    Are you sure its the tang?
     
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    If u have more than 1 tang, I suggest tying a sheet of nori on a piece of rock for them to nibble on during the day.
     
  5. Barlan

    Barlan Thread Starter

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    hi, yeah its the tang, i've seen him do it!

    i have 2 gold and black chromis as well, ones a bully, but he doesnt attack the shrimp, ironically enough tho, he does try attack the tang, which is like 8 times bigger than him. lol.

    i feed him pellets twice a day, he's gotta pluck them off the substrate tho, cause they sink too fast for him to catch.

    the shrimp are petrified of the tang...

    i'll keep an eye out, but i guess there's nothing else i can really do.

    thanks any way.
     
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    Barlan Thread Starter

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    hi nippy, i cut a slit into a straw and put the nori thru that, and he wasnt intersted, more like scared of the straw (was bright red tho... hmmm)

    i want to try with a clip in the substrate before tying food to the rock, easier for me to clean it up :)

    and i only have one tang.
     
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    The antennae should grow back, but you may have to separate them from the tang. Soon as the tang is big enough it'll probably try eat the shrimp.
     
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  8. Barlan

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    i dont really have the option of separation, i'll have to make another plan.

    thanks.
     
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    Good excuse to get another tank ;) one of our fish got a shrimp stuck in its mouth and we couldnt save it unfortunately last year.
     
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    I have seen tangs and angels eat cleaner shrimps. You will probably need to remove one or the other - presumably, the shrimps.
     
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    sorry to hear about your fish hails, ours is no where near big enough to put anything else, but a pellet in its mouth, and the antenna of my inverts :(

    i'm hoping the shrimp will survive tho.

    as for getting another tank, thats reserved for when we move house. :)

    this is our starter tank, but that doesnt mean we'll accept our losses.

    if i get some more live rock and make areas where the shrimps can hide or something, would that help? i see my shrimp try hide away from the fish, but there isnt exactly anywhere they can hide.

    there is one cave in the live rock, but thats reserved by my bully chromis - he is a bully of note.

    i guess i'm just gonna have to watch them.

    he's not attacking the shrimp cause he's hungry, is he?

    i dont really have a lot of algae on the LR, but he gets lotsa pellets. when i leave home, there are quite a few on the substrate, when i get home, its pretty much cleaned up. not sure if its the shrimp or the tang eating it all, but as long as its eaten and not causing more nitrates, i'm happy.
     
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    @Barlan as the others said it would be best to separate the two. Well take the yellow tang out as your tank is way too small for a tang and if you concerned about nitrates its only going to sky rocket with that tang in your tank never mind the nitrates, the tang wont last long in the tank unfortunately.
     
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    keanan - i didnt do my research before i got the tang, my bad :( . we are looking for a house, so we'll try our best to keep it alive and happy until we get the house and a bigger tank.

    we live and learn.
     
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    Hiding places for the shrimps will certainly help, unless the tang is so bent on hammering them, he does not allow them out at all.

    Coral fish are highly individualistic - and many are territorial and aggressive - tangs typically school in the water column, so do not protect a piece of coral, but individuals can become nasty. I knew a powder blue surgeon that viciously and repeatedly attacked the cleaning magnet.

    Unless your tang is literally starving (they are effectively vegetarians anyway), he is presumably not trying to eat the shrimp as a food source, but could kill it regardless. My king angel (as an adult) ate a pair of cleaner shrimps a few minutes after they were introduced to her tank, but lived happy with cleaners when she was a juvenile.
     
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    You can try with a few more hiding places, but it wouldnt be fair to the shrimp to have to hide constantly. Maybe see if you can find someone in your area to keep your tang until you move and have a bigger tank or an extra one.
     
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    Unfortunately most of us didnt/dont do our research before buying(I myself had learnt the hard way).
    It would be best to get some one to hold onto the tang for you as things can go wrong quickly for both the fish and the tank.
     
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    I could look after it for you.
     
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    Will speak to the hubby, I'm sure we can put your tang in our 3ft by 3ft tank if you would like us to until you move into a house.
     
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    thanks for the offers guys, but i'm going to have to respectfully decline.

    besides, fiance has been wanting to expand from the 2nd day we got the nano. :)

    in the mean time, we'll keep an eye out for the shrimp and tang.

    thanks for all the info and help.
     
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    I remember reading on a USA forum they do this when they trying to get the cleaner shrimp to actually clean them. It's only if the cleaner is ignoring them then they do this.
     
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    Let me know if you need help, I'm just round the corner and may have a "expand" tank for you guys if you're keen?
     
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