Alright I have been in the hobby for about 2.5yrs. Generally I have been successful, with a death here and there which cant be completely avoided. I have gotten fish through various sicknesses without meds I have had good luck putting various fish together with nothing more that minor league bullying of the new guys. My sps
do well my nems do great same with clams, blah, blah, blah.. In short I typically get away with cutting corners if I am carefull.
So cut to the present, Mobey's had a powder blue tang that was somewhat small, perfect condition, ate well and had been in store for 6mo. I love em, so I pulled the trigger and plopped him into my 180g, no qt, just acclimate and dump, same as I have done for every fish. Yes guys I know that is a cardinal sin so don't bother blasting me on the merits of qt, I know. Well he caught some crap intially from my blue hippo, who is a jerk, so I ditched the lights and went home for the night. When I came to work Sun morning the powder blue had his dorsal, tail and one pec fin frayed and had some marks on the body. The blue hippo was hunting him down and viciously I might add. Well I had enough of that jerk so I tore half the tank down and chased the hippo for about 30min. He currently resides at Mobey's living with a 6" grouper. I talked with Phil at Mobey's today and he said the hippo tried to bully the grouper a couple times, hows that for a thug fish??
Frankly I am happy to be rid of the hippo I took him from the size of a quarter to 5" in the last 18mo, and I never really warmed up to that fish, they just aren't that interesting, to me at least. In any event, the change in my whole tank is amazing, all fish seem more comfortable and nonchalant. The pbt is out and eating fine and hopefully he wont get any post injury infections from his *** whoopin. Well see if I pay the price for a non qt fish with the disease rep of a pbt going right into the tank, but it seems like 6mo in Mobeys copper tanks and his general good health, at least till the hippo, should give me a leg up.
I knew things were going too smooth. LOL Wish me luck.