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Tang nibbling brain coral, help!

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CurvBall

12g ZEOvit reefer
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Below is a message I got from a friend, any help?
Thanks.

I have a Brown Sailfin Tang (Zebrosoma Scopas) in my tank that seems to have taken a liking to my brain Coral (Trachyphyllia Radiata) in that he pecks at it from time to time throughout the day. He does not seem to be doing any physical damage to it, but is clearly stressing the coral out as it closes up and has been like that for a few days now. I have had this fish for 3 weeks now but this behaviour only started about 3 days ago. Besides the other food that I feed (frozen & flake) I put in a fresh piece of seawead (every second day) which he likes &*eats well. He also contstantly picks at the rocks and substrate all day long, which is fine but why at the coral ?? Is this a passing phase or should I take the coral out for a while ??
 

mojoreef

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Hmm strange, I have never herd of that behavior. maybe it moved and the tang is being territorial. If the coral is being beat up on I would move it out or build a little box out of eggcrate for its protection, hoepfully as the tang gets used to it, he will leave it alone.

MIke
 
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