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Hey everyone! I finally have my first potential problem with the tank since Kyle left (I made it almost 3 weeks!). Our yellow tang has these tiny, VERY VERY tiny black dots on her. There are quite a few and I don't see them on any other fish. Is this normal or could she have a parasite or some disease? What's up with this???

Thanks!!

Jennifer

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Hey Jennifer!

congrats on the job thus far!

when does Kyle get back?

needed to ask him something.

oh and the answer is:

black spot aka tang disease aka black ich

Give all infected fish a freshwater dip, followed by a formalin bath and continue treatment in a QT.

(and by freshwater they mean fresh RO/DI with no salt...just to clarify)

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Yeah. It's called many different names but most commonly Tang Disease, as it is found more on tangs than any other fish. What you can do is get the fish a freshwater dip... leave him in there for about 25 minutes.

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Just a guess, but it could be to much protein in its diet. Have you been feeding it any nori?

She likes to eat the mysis shrimp I feed the others. But I feed her plenty of veggie food.

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Hey Jennifer!

congrats on the job thus far!

when does Kyle get back?

needed to ask him something.

oh and the answer is:

black spot aka tang disease aka black ich

Give all infected fish a freshwater dip, followed by a formalin bath and continue treatment in a QT.

(and by freshwater they mean fresh RO/DI with no salt...just to clarify)

Thanks! Everyone's input was really helpful. I will give her a dip then. I don't have a QT... and the formalin bath, not sure what that is...

Kyle won't be back until around June 19th. I am pretty sure the tank will look nothing like it did before he left. I have already had to rearrange about half of the corals because the dumb hermit crabs like to knock them all down at night and I can never figure out where they came from. He said I could sell the crabs but that means I have to catch them and they creep me out...

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Yeah. It's called many different names but most commonly Tang Disease, as it is found more on tangs than any other fish. What you can do is get the fish a freshwater dip... leave him in there for about 25 minutes.

i think 25 minutes may be a bit in excess try about 5 minutes. i had a problem with ich and i dropped my tank temp down a few degrees. a lot of parasites can not survive cooler temps.

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Jennifer

Some of this advice is rather nonchalant for some serious procedures. I have never done a freshwater dip but I know saltwater fish do not like it at all. Perhaps someone can give you a little more info or you might want to google it. You can kill your fish doing this.

Formalin, fyi, is poison which would definitely require a separate QT tank.

Good Luck

Bill

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Hey Jennifer!

congrats on the job thus far!

when does Kyle get back?

needed to ask him something.

oh and the answer is:

black spot aka tang disease aka black ich

Give all infected fish a freshwater dip, followed by a formalin bath and continue treatment in a QT.

(and by freshwater they mean fresh RO/DI with no salt...just to clarify)

Thanks for the advice. So what do you need to ask me?

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I had black spots on my tang a while back. Increased the nori and it went away. I could be wrong but I think he needs more veggies. I not very knowledgeable about black ich I just know what I did to cure the black spots. If you need some nori I got pleanty.

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If it's not a nutrition issue, it is probably a parasite.

My fish had black ich once. I just used a bucket with tank water and added a formalin based medication (http://www.petco.com/product/102867/Wardle...at=OnSiteSearch; SKU = 1079450). I left my fish in there for about a week, with aeration, fed once a day, and occasionally added AmQuel Ammonia remover.

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I had black spots on my tang a while back. Increased the nori and it went away. I could be wrong but I think he needs more veggies. I not very knowledgeable about black ich I just know what I did to cure the black spots. If you need some nori I got pleanty.

Thank you again for the nori!! The tang has already started nibbling on it :) I enjoyed visiting with both of you and seeing your tanks too!

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