MIA New Hippo Tang

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yello,

So I'll cut to the chase, I got a baby blue hippo tang around 5 days ago, I put him in he was swimming around blue damsels sorta did a little booty shake (not sure is it a sign of aggression? but the tang didn't seem to mind). Anyway the next day I woke up look at the tank and didn't see him and haven't seen him since. Should I break the rockwork apart to look for him? The tank is like 200 gallons and loaded with anemones and coral so I don't want to disturb if I don't have to.

I mean the tank is like 3 years old, haven't ever had an issue with dead fish b4 other than yellow wrasse that jumped out and a clownfish that got stuck down the drain pipe.

Anyone had any experiences with new blue tangs? Is this normal?

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Very small blue/hippo tangs don't have a great survival record. Certainly possible it reappears .... more likely it's died. What kinds of anemones? One of them may have eaten it.
 

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+1 to the above. I consistently hear baby hippos have a terrible survival rate for no apparent reason. Optimal size to buy is at least 2".

New Hippos will often jam themselves into a crevice and hide. Will come out when it's ready.

Unfortunately if it died, I doubt you'll ever find it in a tank that size. Eaten by an anenome, clean up crew, or just in such a tight spot it can't be seen.

I have a 3" Hippo in a 55 gallon (upgrading soon), and it can still disappear on me.
 
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