Clown Fish Problems

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  1. southpaw9984

    southpaw9984 Plankton

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    I have a clown that is sitting at the bottom of my tank and breathing pretty rapidly. There is no discoloration or spots but the clown did not eat this morning when usually he is all over the food. It is odd because if it wasn't for the breathing, lack of energy (i.e. sitting on the bottom of the tank) and not eating, I would say nothing was wrong.

    Anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Freshwater bath maybe?
     
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  3. exoticsteve2001

    exoticsteve2001 Feather Duster

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    How old is the tank?
    Cycled yet?
    Have you checked for ammonia?
    What are your parameters?
     
  4. southpaw9984

    southpaw9984 Plankton

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    Tank is 1.5 years old, 30 gallon just did a water change 5 days ago. I will check on ammonia right now. Anything else I should be checking?
     
  5. exoticsteve2001

    exoticsteve2001 Feather Duster

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    Check all your parameters
    ph
    nitrates
    nitrites
    ammonia
    salinity
    temp
     
  6. exoticsteve2001

    exoticsteve2001 Feather Duster

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    what do you use for water changes? tap? Ro/di?
    anything new in the tank?
     
  7. southpaw9984

    southpaw9984 Plankton

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    ammonia is fine, salt is .018, temperature is 76.6
     
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  9. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    anything in there died recently?

    are you running carbon at all?
    do you have a ground probe ?

    in fact tell us as much as you can about your set up and what you have in there etc


    Steve
     
  10. southpaw9984

    southpaw9984 Plankton

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    put 3 damsels in about a week ago. They are doing just fine. I use filtered water from a nearby saltwater store. The one odd thing is that I have developed some brown algea over the past week that was never there before
     
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    How is the ph? That could be an indicator of O2 levels
     
  12. southpaw9984

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    no carbon but I am running copper. The other three fish I put in about 7 days ago are doing fine. My water is clear from all the basic tests but I will double check again. I do not have a ground probe.

    Right now the tank contains 3 damsels, 1 clown and some live rock. The live rock and clown have been in the tank for ~3-4 months and the damsels.