Tang death scare

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So I just got home after 2 days away. It was around 1am & my tank lights were off because my light period is from 11am to 11pm. I thought I’d turn them on to feed the fish since they’d probably be at least a little hungry from not having their 4x daily feeding. For some dumb reason I didn’t put up my auto feeder before leaving. But anyways, I look inside & see my two clowns are doing fine, they get up in a few seconds and start moving around. Then I look around & see my yellow tang & he looks ok, super pale but that’s expected in the middle of the night. Then, I see my Kole tang wedged up in a cave sleeping & not moving at all. Thought alright he’s just asleep & I started looking for the blue tang. I looked everywhere & he was nowhere to be found. I even checked the sump but he wasn’t there. I was finally able to locate him. He was behind the Kole tang. Right when I saw this I thought what thef because this isn't usual at all. Neither seemed to be moving at all. I thought one might have killed the other or something of the sort. I put my hand in the tank and started waving my hand towards it to push flow & the Kole tang started squirming & swam away slowly but the blue tang didn’t move at all. I told myself alright he could still be alive so I got a turkey baster & started lightly poking at him & he still wouldn’t move at all! I also gave some good forced pokes too along with moving his tail fin. Btw he’s upside down. I was really upset after not seeing any movement. I started to pick up my some of my rock work to get him out and while I was doing this I saw him move a little bit. I was super relieved. He went downwards, wedged himself under another rock & back to sleep he went ;Hilarious I’m not sure if all blue tangs are like this but mine seems to be a suuuper heavy sleeper. I often catch him sleeping during the day too. I’m still shocked he didn’t move at all from my force & poking. Super glad he’s still alive though & thought I’d share this story on here
 
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Tangs can handle long periods without food. When they are shipped from the indo-pacific they are generally starved for two weeks prior to shipping to keep ammonia levels down in the shipping bags. That is why most tangs in the LFS have pinched bellies. I feed mine Nori from my local Asian market. It generally comes in sheets about the size of copy paper and is very inexpensive. One of the LFS in my area buys it at the Asian market then repackages it for 5 times the price. Anyway fold a sheet up several times and rubber band it to a rock and let them go at it. Anyway Hippo tangs will sleep right side up, upside down or sideways.
 
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Tangs can handle long periods without food. When they are shipped from the indo-pacific they are generally starved for two weeks prior to shipping to keep ammonia levels down in the shipping bags. That is why most tangs in the LFS have pinched bellies. I feed mine Nori from my local Asian market. It generally comes in sheets about the size of copy paper and is very inexpensive. One of the LFS in my area buys it at the Asian market then repackages it for 5 times the price. Anyway fold a sheet up several times and rubber band it to a rock and let them go at it. Anyway Hippo tangs will sleep right side up, upside down or sideways.
Oh wow, 2+weeks without feeding? guess I didn’t really have much to worry about lol & yeah I feed my tangs atleast a sheet of LRS seaweed in their aqua grazer/on a rock daily along with frozen, freeze dried & mix of diff pellets. I was thinking about checking out an Asian market for Nori
 
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I'm sure glad I read this, in my reading I had never come across anything saying they'll sleep upside down or sideways. Guess that just goes along with the weird behavior they're supposed to have. If I ever saw my Hippo (coming next Friday, was supposed to be Tuesday, but ich reasons) doing this I would've died a little.
 
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I'm sure glad I read this, in my reading I had never come across anything saying they'll sleep upside down or sideways. Guess that just goes along with the weird behavior they're supposed to have. If I ever saw my Hippo (coming next Friday, was supposed to be Tuesday, but ich reasons) doing this I would've died a little.
Yeah man my heart dropped a bit when I saw him upside down, behind my other tang, completely still lol fish can be quite odd, I guess we just gotta learn to quit worrying too much. Hope all goes well with your new tang :)
 
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