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Old 05-12-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I feel really bad typing this but I am looking for some info on what might happen to my clown fish?

I have a 35g salt water tank with 30lbs of rock and my substrate all ready to go.

I just got my new tank through the cycling period, everything is GREAT! Today was the day I could add a fish. Went to my store and got two tiny clown fish and proceeded to add them to the tank. When I had them both in the net and was about to drop them into my tank, one of the little guys jumped out of the net and landed on my granite countertop!

After I screamed, I scooped him up in a matter of seconds and dropped him in my tank. They are both swimming around just fine now but I feel sick to my stomach that I might have hurt him.

Has this happened to anyone?
Are these fish very delinquent?

I plan to watch them like a hawk but I feel so bad. I went through all the steps to acclimate him to the water, temperature, etc and that happened!

Advice please.
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I think he'll be fine. Best thing you can do is watch over him just like you said you would.
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My clown went carpet surfing after leaping out of the tank to bite my hand. He (she) is okay, maybe a little nicer now.

Im sure your clown will be just fine.

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Old 05-12-2010, 08:13 PM   #4
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Clowns are damsels which are a tough little fish species. I'd say he'll probably be fine. Or she.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:12 PM   #5
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It does not seem that you acclimated your new arrivals to your tanks parameter. I would worry more about not acclimating then a clown falling onto a counter top. Did you acclimate them?
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lol read the second last sentence thincat, the one about going through all the steps to acclimate them
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lol read the second last sentence thincat, the one about going through all the steps to acclimate them
I don't see anything about acclimating?
Just that the tank is cycled and ready for fish.


The best way to acclimate is to float the bag (evening out the temp), then drip acclimation (with airline tubing) for minimum of 30 mins to even the parameters between the shop's water and your tank water (Salinity and pH and kH are the main factors you need to even out). NEVER put the shop's water into your tank. Floating the bag only levels out the temps.


PS - Your clown should be fine - it's not like it had a 1.5m drop onto the floor. Clowns are very hardy as Mitchell said.
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I don't see anything about acclimating?
Just that the tank is cycled and ready for fish.
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I plan to watch them like a hawk but I feel so bad. I went through all the steps to acclimate him to the water, temperature, etc and that happened!
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Hahah,
Cheers - I didn't notice that there tucked away at the bottom!!
Thanks Harmy
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lol read the second last sentence thincat, the one about going through all the steps to acclimate them
OOPS, my bad....
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