Sad Day :(

Discussion in 'Other Reef Talk' started by Apon, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    Came home to find my 17 year old purple tang dead. Not sure if my 17 year old yellow tang finally won, but he was bigger than him for the last few years and they did fight now and then. I actually had them both from the start. Bought them both when they were like 2 inches each. Now the yellow is fat and about 6 to 7 inches big now. Not sure if I can introduce another purple tang in the 120......... Thoughts?
  2. Ashalye

    Ashalye Webmaster

    RIP purple tang! :(
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  3. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    I am so sorry to hear about this sad day as I too had that happen to my favorite purple tang, I still miss that family member.:(
  4. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Sorry Arnold. Pretty awesome that you have had them for so long.

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  5. I'm so sorry. It's a hobby of loss, but some of them hurt a lot more than others.

    As to your question I doubt that introducing another Purple will go well at this point.
  6. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That sucks. You found it dead in the tank or on the floor?

    Purples and yellows have a hard time getting along. I don’t know that I’d try another. My whitetail bristletooth gets along fine with my yellow. If you do try another purple I’d have mirrors on hand to distract the yellow for a while.
  7. Mozby's Reef

    Mozby's Reef Supporting Member

    Ouch. Sorry for your loss!

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  8. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    Sounds like he lived a long life. Sorry to hear.
  9. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    I tip my hat off to you as a true aquarist who provide great care for the fish that probably beat the odds of survival, even in the wild. Most aquarists can't do this due to a lot of factors. Although sad, congrats!
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Dang, very sad.
    I know the feeling of becoming attached to fish that have been around a long time.

    In my generally peaceful tank, the trouble is more when there are two fish about equal.
    Otherwise it is just "Get out of my way"
    That is not true of some aggressive fish that will pick on others endlessly, but I avoid those.

    So a new small purple may not be a problem. It will learn its position way down in pecking order, and then all may be well.
    Maybe... at least until it gets big.
  11. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    my sympathies
    my congratulations on the accomplishment
    we know most aquarium fish are not so lucky
    I have a 13 year old purple tang here
    best fishes and happy reefing
  12. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

    Very sad, but 17 years! Damn!!!!

    Everything I have read would seem to go against adding a new tang at this point also
  13. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    Thanks least the yellow is going on 18 years now. from college days
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  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I have a blue tang that’s 15 next month. Also from college. Bummer.
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  15. Hope he did better in college than you did.
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  16. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    You guys make me feel old.

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  17. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    Erin any thoughts about me introducing another tang or 2 back in the 120? Or do you think they will get killed by the existing Yellow? I was thinking about 2 small Purple and powder blue tang. Debating. Can't really redo rock work either.
  18. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Wow! 17 years, that is impressive.
  19. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Just don’t
  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I’d wait for the yellow to go first. How much longer can it be?

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