View Full Version : achilles tang??

04/13/2007, 09:41 PM
i purchased a achilles tang and he seems to be doing fine but he had ich within a week and sheads it then gets it right back. Now he seems to have like a lint like substance on his skin? i am not really familiar with this fish any suggestions??? he is in a 75 gal reef tank with an eheim 2217 filter, aqua 8 watt inline uv, 2 PH's one does 300/hr the other 200/hr. i also have a cleaner that jumps on him every once and a while specs Nitrite is 0ppm,Nitrate is 0-3 ppm,Ammonia is 0ppm, ph is 8.2 ppm i also use ro water with a salinity of 1.024-1.025

04/13/2007, 09:45 PM
for one, the achilles is a harder to keep fish. Ihope you did your research on it.

People say it likes a ton of flow and a LARGE area to swim. Chances are it's stressed out in your tank and parasites are zooming in for the kill while it's immune system is down.

Personally I would try and take the fish to somebody who has a massive tank and hope it lives...

Just my opinion though, and I must say i have never had one of these beautiful fish so it's based on what I have read over the years.

04/13/2007, 09:47 PM
can a fish be still stressed even if its breathing is normal and it is a good eater?

04/13/2007, 09:50 PM
its your tank that is stressing the fish.. i have an achilles but my tank is a 300g. i dont think he will ever be happy in a 75g

04/13/2007, 09:51 PM
You need a larger UV sterilizer for the amount of water the ehiem filter is pushing thru it. 25watt Gamma units are not to expensive. You picked a fish that needs very good water quality, & oxygen content. Feed lots of nori (roasted seaweed from the aisian market stores) & thawed frozen mysis soaked in Selcon, Kent Garlic Extreme. What type of skimmer do you have?

04/13/2007, 09:54 PM
currently do not own skimmer but looking when i set up wet dry shortley

04/13/2007, 10:23 PM
Bebo77- how much filtration per hour does ur tank have? its very impressive!!!! nice plumbing

04/13/2007, 10:29 PM

i use a deltec 702 and i run Zeo....

one thing i noticed about the Achilles is that they like to swim in and out of the rockwork... do you have a lot of swimming space? how is your aquascaping?

04/13/2007, 10:31 PM
i have about 50-60 lbs of LR with plenty of caves and holes to swin through

04/13/2007, 10:32 PM

Heres my best pic as of now

04/13/2007, 10:32 PM
can you QT him?

yeah.. redo your rock work so he can swim in and out of it... they like rough water and "surfing" in and out of rockwork....

04/13/2007, 10:33 PM
no pic of filtration yet will have tom.

04/13/2007, 10:35 PM

here you can see how the fish in my tank can swim in under and above the rocks...

04/13/2007, 10:36 PM
no qt tank as of right now, will redo rock when upgrade to 110 gal tank
hopefully by next week sometime and also adding wetdry & sump

04/13/2007, 10:39 PM
yeah.. so long as he can swim/ have access to every corner of the tank you are giving the fish a fighting chance..

04/13/2007, 10:40 PM
what is your opinion about a pufferfish in the system?

04/13/2007, 10:46 PM
filtration pic

04/13/2007, 10:53 PM
never heard of it... IMO your best bet is to get a sump and buy the best skimmer you can afford. run a fuge and UV or ozone... thats about as good of a filtration system as you can get...

04/13/2007, 10:57 PM
unfamiliar with wet dry filters please recommend good brand as well as a skimmer please

04/13/2007, 11:01 PM
not wet dry.. just a sump.. a tank you place under your display to hold all your filters heaters refugium etc.

whats your budget like and what is the total water volume going to be for you tank?

here is an old pic of my tank skimmer and sump when i was setting up my tank...


04/13/2007, 11:04 PM
budget is good id like to get a 110 and put whatever size sump underneath i dunno maybe a 30 gal sump?

04/13/2007, 11:07 PM
the bigger the better... put as big of a sump as you can fit... get your tank and spend some time planning out the design.. it took me almost 6 months to plan out my 300....

04/13/2007, 11:11 PM
i just moved my bigger PH to the lower left front corner of the tank and moved some pieces of rock so the front of the tank is clear and the Achilles seems to like the water movement, he is swimming in it going back n forth hopefully until i get some time to purchase and set up the new system that water movement will ease some of the stress the tang is going through

04/13/2007, 11:13 PM
yeah.. when you set up your larger tank keep the rock work open.. not some large mass in your tank...