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"I'm writing this in the hopes that I might save the lives of a few innocent fish, as well as save you a sizable sum of money. This is a gorgeous fish. Believe me I had my heart set on keeping one. Unfortunately I ended up killing two in the process. These fish are EXTREMELY prone to Ich (white spot), usually don't tolerate other tangs (especially the powder brown), and don't do well in tanks of less than 180 gallons (they are active and like to roam). If you do decide to buy one, avoid specimens that show ANY signs of stress (they don't usually do very well during collection). Look for vivid blue color, active, coherent, and a thick body. Have the store show you that it is eating. Once home, quarantine if possible. If not possible, these fish benefit from a freshwater dip (match PH and temperature, leave fish in for a minimum of 5 minutes, no more than 10, pull out at first signs of stress). This will help kill any hitchhiking parasites. Drip acclimate slowly and leave the lights off for a few days. Maintain high water quality and offer macro algae (brown seaweed). I know people who have kept them successfully, but they've all had to deal with Ich. If you're prepared to give this fish the care and environment it deserves, be my guest, they're a beautiful addition to a tank. If not, please consider a hardier surgeonfish like the Yellow Tang."

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