yellow tang eating

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    I recently got a yellow tang. Really small about 3 inches. I cannot get him to eat any of the food I put in my tank. I've had him 2 days now. He picks at the rocks non stop. How long should I wait till I need to worry.
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    I wouldn't worry yet since it is grazing. What are you trying to feed it? Are you feeding it algae? If you are putting algae on a clip it can take a little time for it to warm up to it. Any time I add a new tang I always take a piece of algae and roll it between my fingers underwater. This will break it up in small pieces and allow the power head to blow it about the tank. This gives the shy tang an opportunity to catch some.
     
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    I feed a home made mixture of squid clams nori formula 1 and shrimp all blended together and cubed
     
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    Yellow Tangs are Herbivores mostly. Get a clip and some dried algae/seaweed.

     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    +1 You definitely want to get the tang some sheets of seaweed.
     
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    I've got a ton of nori so i'll start clipping that in.
     
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    Some times yellows are a bit scared of the clips if they haven't seen them before. I tied seaweed sheets with rubber bands to a couple of rocks out my sump and put them in the tank. Eating in no time at all. Natural grazers, think they liked being closer to the bottom of the tank. Give it a try.
     
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    Yes, mine never liked feeding from the surface. He'd ignore flakes until they started sinking.
     
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    Good info. And if he doesn't seem to go for nori, put a few drops of garlic on it.
     
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    Mine were super shy when I got them, it took them a little bit to get comfortable.
     
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