Blue Tang ... is it sick?

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Joe V., Dec 19, 2003.

  1. Joe V.

    Joe V. Guest

    Came home late from work tonight, and decided to turn the lights on in order
    to try and feed the fish. When I switched it on, noticed that my blue tang
    (3-year old named her Dory, of course) was lying against a rock at the
    bottom, gills barely moving. I heard this behavior is normal for a sleeping
    tang, but what scared me is that the fish was pretty white and not the
    brilliant blue it was in the morning.

    After lying still for awhile, she did swim to another rock and I *think* the
    color restored, but I don't know if that was wishful thinking.

    Does anyone else see this in their tangs? Should I move the fish into
    isolation?

    Thanks!
     
    Joe V., Dec 19, 2003
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  2. I would see what it looks like tomorrow during your normal lighting period.
    Many fish fade in color at night, probably for protection, and possibly because
    of a lack of lighting to amplify their coloration.

    Marc


    "Joe V." wrote:

    > Came home late from work tonight, and decided to turn the lights on in order
    > to try and feed the fish. When I switched it on, noticed that my blue tang
    > (3-year old named her Dory, of course) was lying against a rock at the
    > bottom, gills barely moving. I heard this behavior is normal for a sleeping
    > tang, but what scared me is that the fish was pretty white and not the
    > brilliant blue it was in the morning.
    >
    > After lying still for awhile, she did swim to another rock and I *think* the
    > color restored, but I don't know if that was wishful thinking.
    >
    > Does anyone else see this in their tangs? Should I move the fish into
    > isolation?
    >
    > Thanks!


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    Marc Levenson, Dec 19, 2003
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  3. Joe V.

    Joe V. Guest

    Just wanted to update that the Blue Tang is fine ... I guess it was really
    sleeping! The color fading was what worried me ... the fish really looked
    dead.

    "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:3FE296C2.1FBB965B@swbell.net...
    > I would see what it looks like tomorrow during your normal lighting

    period.
    > Many fish fade in color at night, probably for protection, and possibly

    because
    > of a lack of lighting to amplify their coloration.
    >
    > Marc
    >
     
    Joe V., Dec 19, 2003
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  4. That is what I was hoping you'd say!

    Marc


    "Joe V." wrote:

    > Just wanted to update that the Blue Tang is fine ... I guess it was really
    > sleeping! The color fading was what worried me ... the fish really looked
    > dead.
    >
    > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:3FE296C2.1FBB965B@swbell.net...
    > > I would see what it looks like tomorrow during your normal lighting

    > period.
    > > Many fish fade in color at night, probably for protection, and possibly

    > because
    > > of a lack of lighting to amplify their coloration.
    > >
    > > Marc
    > >


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    Marc Levenson, Dec 20, 2003
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  5. Joe V.

    Pszemol Guest

    Yes, it is normal. Mine does not keep the color at night.
    Do not stress fish putting full light in the middle of the night...

    "Joe V." <joe@NOSPAMPLEASE.com> wrote in message news:brtujt$krs@netnews.proxy.lucent.com...
    > Came home late from work tonight, and decided to turn the lights on in order
    > to try and feed the fish. When I switched it on, noticed that my blue tang
    > (3-year old named her Dory, of course) was lying against a rock at the
    > bottom, gills barely moving. I heard this behavior is normal for a sleeping
    > tang, but what scared me is that the fish was pretty white and not the
    > brilliant blue it was in the morning.
    >
    > After lying still for awhile, she did swim to another rock and I *think* the
    > color restored, but I don't know if that was wishful thinking.
    >
    > Does anyone else see this in their tangs? Should I move the fish into
    > isolation?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >
    >
     
    Pszemol, Dec 21, 2003
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  6. Joe V.

    Jerry Guest

    I have a yellow tang which I noticed the same thing. After several hours in
    the dark it is pretty white. The first time I say this I though the same
    thing, but that fish is very active during the day.
    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bs25kd.d0.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > Yes, it is normal. Mine does not keep the color at night.
    > Do not stress fish putting full light in the middle of the night...
    >
    > "Joe V." <joe@NOSPAMPLEASE.com> wrote in message

    news:brtujt$krs@netnews.proxy.lucent.com...
    > > Came home late from work tonight, and decided to turn the lights on in

    order
    > > to try and feed the fish. When I switched it on, noticed that my blue

    tang
    > > (3-year old named her Dory, of course) was lying against a rock at the
    > > bottom, gills barely moving. I heard this behavior is normal for a

    sleeping
    > > tang, but what scared me is that the fish was pretty white and not the
    > > brilliant blue it was in the morning.
    > >
    > > After lying still for awhile, she did swim to another rock and I *think*

    the
    > > color restored, but I don't know if that was wishful thinking.
    > >
    > > Does anyone else see this in their tangs? Should I move the fish into
    > > isolation?
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    > >
    > >
    > >
     
    Jerry, Dec 26, 2003
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