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I made an impulse buy on Sunday.......... I bought........a......SAILFIN TANG!!
I also picked up a bi-colour and a sulphur goby\watchman

I don't regret it at all!!

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Reply #1

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Ha, nice one. A Desjardini too I see. How old/big?

They start out a little boring but when they change to adult colours are stunning and very graceful with those HUGE fins to glide around with.

How is it settling in?
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It's approx. Four inches tops. Great markings,  clear skin (am I right in thinking they're skinned and not scaled?) A lil thin.
It's still a little shy, doesn't like me approaching the tank, so I loiter and it's ok till I move.
As soon as another fish got near it would see them off. They have complex personalities don't they, it's the biggest fish in the tank and has the smallest cave, it is finally eating nori from the clip.

As for the bi colour it's settled in lovely, very pretty this on, more than my previous one, looks silky,  toned.

As for the watchman.... I haven't seen it since it went in.

The LFS has some great stock, all in great condition.
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Nice one.

Tangs do have scales, they're just very tiny. So appear like skin. It's the same with occelaris clownfish, although if you look closely you can just about make out their scales. Clarkii clownfish have even more obvious scales, but still look like skin from a distance. It's like pixels on a phone screen - newer phones have so many so tiny pixels it appears smooth and pixel-less.

Good that it's ravishing it's nori. Just keep feeding it. You can't over feed a Tang on nori and nori doesn't pollute the tank much either, very little phosphate ect compared with meaty foods. With good flow for it to fight and ample food it should fatten up nicely.

Oh! Pictures Rob!...  :tongue:
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Well I can't get a pick of the bloody fish, but it's beautiful, Mike defo hold out for a Jardini, it's belly is nice and fat and it appears that it's gained a small amount of body mass too, it predominantly eats nori, and eats the green as well as the purple julian sprungs veggies stuff, even the clowns are having a pop at the nori.

I haven't noticed it grazing much, but then there isn't whole lot for it to graze on now!

it's still very shy, and I'm sure it's not a fan of LEDs, as they crank up it hides a more.

there were a few white spots on it, but these seem to have subsided as it's gorged its self on nori, it'll have a look at the frozen too and occasionally take some.

last note, as shy as the fish is, it's the boss of the tank for sure, but it's not constantly pecaocking around the tank.
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Reply #5

That's good, yeah I will do. I'm not buying any new fish until my water change system is sorted.

Keep an eye on the white spots, if they seem to recur every week or so, then it's probably white spot, as they fall off by themselves as part of the life-cycle, it doesn't mean it's cured. (if that's what it was)...

It'll get used to the light, it must just feel a bit exposed when it's really bright.  :rolleyes:

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Reply #6

I may get a cleaner wrasse or neon goby, I have a cleaner shrimp, may get another.

the tipping point on the light intensity apperas to be around the 12% mark, so it could take a while for it to get used to the lights.

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I'd thoroughly recommend a big cleaner wrasse, they're great. Constantly gliding around like a ribbon. And they go and clean fish, as opposed to shrimp which have to wait until the fish wants to be cleaned. They actively approach fish.

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They actively approach fish.

Actively piss em off too. Lol.
The magpie in me wants a hawaiian cleaner wrass.
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Reply #9

I quote myself from the 'conscientious creature choices' thread:
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I read about this in http://www.amazon.co.uk/Conscientious-Marine-Aquarist-Commonsense-Professional/dp/1890087998
I've also found an online summary of what is said in the book:
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/blog/just-how-important-are-cleaner-wrasses-to-reef-ecosystems
For those that can't be bothered to click and read, the point is that if you remove just some cleaner wrasse from a reef, it can be pretty devastating.
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Reply #10

I have a short memory!
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There may well be another side to that story, but I've not seen a counter argument to it yet.
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Reply #12

FYI I got a neon goby, it's doing a great job.

Got a pic of the sailfin finally.




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Very nice
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Ta, managed a vid too.
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