Urgent Clownfish Breathing Very Heavy....

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  1. RutgersReef

    RutgersReef Bristle Worm

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    Hello I bought 2 tank-bred clowns on Monday and they were both fine on arrival, both eating and everything. Since Wednesday the smaller one has been breathing heavily and hanging out by the bottom of the tank... nothing is wrong with the water as you can see the other clown and my flame angel are happy as can be... Here's a video of them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SZV2vpEQBnY
     
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  3. pgoodsell

    pgoodsell Horrid Stonefish

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    What size and how old is the tank. What are you water parameters?
     
  4. tgood

    tgood Sea Dragon

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    Looks to me like it's still getting acclimated, does it still eat?
     
  5. RutgersReef

    RutgersReef Bristle Worm

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    29gal tank 10g sump, 6.5 months old

    79 degrees F
    8.2 PH
    1.023 SG
    0 amm
    0 nitrite
    5ppm nitrate

    No he is no longer eating..
     
  6. trevmcc07

    trevmcc07 Plankton

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    Bring your salinity down a little bit?
     
  7. Ryan Duchatel

    Ryan Duchatel Millepora

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    1.023 salinity is fine. Most coral tanks run at 1.024-1.026
     
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  9. RutgersReef

    RutgersReef Bristle Worm

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    i turned my led's down and he seems to have perked up a bit.. maybe he's just overwhelmed.
     
  10. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I bought a few clown fish for my daughters tank and one of them took about 3-4 days to acclimate and get used to everything. Now he's doing great. Just give it time. Also, don't drop your salinity. If anything I would raise it, I run mine at 1.26
     
  11. RutgersReef

    RutgersReef Bristle Worm

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    Is there anything I can do to help him? I know my webcam sucks so you can't see, but he is taking about 4 breaths per second, very fast breathing.. at least his friend seems to be comforting him...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRiKksiLyUE
     
  12. Wattanasmith

    Wattanasmith Plankton

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    Well it is almost weekend and by this time your fish should have accustomed himself according to the water. I guess something is wrong..maybe he is not able to consume enough oxygen for a normal survival. You better do something for this..real soon..the breathing problem doesn't sound good.