Tang And Coral Beauty

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The yellow tang is probably just being territorial. Are you noticing it acting aggressive towards the coral beauty? Is the yellow tang tail slapping the coral beauty?
 
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Mike said:
The yellow tang is probably just being territorial. Are you noticing it acting aggressive towards the coral beauty? Is the yellow tang tail slapping the coral beauty?
No she just swims with it and sometimes she will raise her top fin.
 

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Be careful and monitor the situation for next couple days. Tangs have scalpels in their tails (hence the name surgeon fish) which they use as a defense mechanism slicing up other fish they feel threatened by.

Should always add your peaceful fish in first and the semi-aggressive to aggressive last so they don't claI'm a territory and harass all the other fish.
 

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Yeah raising of the fins, posturing, can be viewed as the tang letting the coral beauty know whose tank it is.
 
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But the tang does not act like this towards the clownfish? Also the coral beauty is bigger than my tang...
 

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I know some people have had sucess with aggressive tangs by sticking a picture of a bigger yellow tang to the glass. Maybe you should try that out.
 
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so why is she not doing this to the clownfish?
 
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If she is threatened by coral beauty then why is she following
 

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It's just an instinct thing. New fish in it's territory and it is going to keep an eye on it. The tang has a stranger in it's house, he is following the coral beauty to make sure he doesn't touch the tang's drum set (step brothers ref FTW).
 

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Is she following, chasing or trying to nudge out of her space? Really no way to know for sure so that's why just monitor it. Tangs are capable of doing real damage with those scalpels.
 
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They eat on the algae together... so it made me wonder if they made friends??
 
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She goes everywhere the coral beauty goes.
 

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Could you upload a video to see the exact behavior? I think that would be really helpful. A picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth even more.
You can upload it to youtube and post the link to the video here.
Other than that, just keep an eye on the tang, if it lashes out against the coral beauty you could try the big tang sticked to the glass method.
 
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BeanFish said:
Could you upload a video to see the exact behavior? I think that would be really helpful. A picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth even more.
You can upload it to youtube and post the link to the video here.
Other than that, just keep an eye on the tang, if it lashes out against the coral beauty you could try the big tang sticked to the glass method.
OK shes now turning her back to the coral beauty and slaps her back fin on it
 

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OK shes now turning her back to the coral beauty and slaps her back fin on it
This is a problem the tail is where the scalpels are and how they attack.
 
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BeanFish said:
Then I would try out this method:
Skip to minute 4:24
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