Urgent Clown tang not swimming

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  1. hnnhflns

    hnnhflns Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I have had a clown tang for several months now in my 300gal with 2 maroon gold bar clowns, a tomato clown, a naso tang, and a few damsels.

    I just came home to find my clown tang kind of lying on the sand/rocks at the bottom/front of my tank. She seems to be able to swim just fine if she wants to, but she just keeps wedging herself into the rocks. I tried feeding, and she was the only fish that didn't go for the food.

    The naso tang keeps to a different area of the tank and the clown tang is the bigger of the two fish, so I don't think that they are fighting each other. All the other fish are perfectly fine.

    I don't see any marks on the outside of her body, and her fins only have a little ich on them (I have several cleaner shrimp in the tank and she visits them often). She may have slightly gill movement, but I don't really know what counts as fast.

    I just tested my levels, and my ammonia is slightly high (.5ppm), but Nitrates and Nitrites are both 0.

    I would normally assume that she was trying to find a place to sleep, but it is the middle of the day and the tank lights are all on.

    Please help!
     
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  3. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Your ammonia should always be at 0. Get some prime to neutralize the toxicity. Ammonia burns the gills and your tang is having trouble breathing
     
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    hnnhflns Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    But wouldnt the ammonia burn all the other fish as well? They aren't showing any problems.
     
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    Fish react differently than others but ammonia will make any and all fish suffer. With ammonia the outcome will be the same but your tang is succumbing to it quicker. I would dose prime immediately then find out why you have ammonia in the tank.
     
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    hnnhflns Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Dosed 7.5 mL of prime. (Says 5mL per 200 gal). But should I follow the full emergency dose of 5 times the normal amount?

    Thank you so much!
     
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    Yes. Dose the emergency amount. Prime is something I always have in the house. Your welcome. Now to find the source of ammonia.
     
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    hnnhflns Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    She seems to perk up a little, but nothing definitive yet. She can hold herself above the bottom of the tank now and is actively trying to swim.

    I really hope that she makes it though this.
     
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    hnnhflns Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Our skimmer crapped out a few days ago, and we haven't gotten the new one set up yet.
     
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    hnnhflns Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    No fish deaths in over a month (and they were removed immediately) , and not inverts big enough to make the ammonia in such a big tank....
     
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    Get that skimmer online and get a good bacteria supplement to help your biological filter. Do a few small water changes as well, 20% at a time.