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Old 01-16-2016, 04:07 PM   #1
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I recently started up a 30 gallon marine tank, (my first marine.) I purchased a tank-bred common clown from a local retailer and acclimated him to my new tank by letting the bag sit for ten minutes and then releasing him. I did everything by the book, but he won't eat the food. I tried him on pellets and flake, but he still won't eat. What do I do?
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:12 PM   #2
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Hi its not unusual for fish to refuse food for a short period after being introduced to a new tank. I wouldn't worry too much,he'll start eating after a day or so. This is providing the fish looks healthy otherwise.
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Thanks, I will update tomorrow and tell u how it goes
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He is swimming kinda funny, almost diagonal. Is this anything to worry about, or is it just a result of overfiltering the tank?
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I recently started up a 30 gallon marine tank, (my first marine.) I purchased a tank-bred common clown from a local retailer and acclimated him to my new tank by letting the bag sit for ten minutes and then releasing him. I did everything by the book, but he won't eat the food. I tried him on pellets and flake, but he still won't eat. What do I do?

You should always do a drip acclimation for marine fish. Most legs will keep their tanks in the 1.015-1.017 range in sg and most home aquarists keep them in the 1.023-1.026 range. A swing in salinity can severely stress or even kill a fish, it's also better to add the fish with the lights off and leave them off for the rest of the day.


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Old 01-16-2016, 08:38 PM   #6
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Try some frozen mysis or Brineshrimp
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You should always do a drip acclimation for marine fish. Most legs will keep their tanks in the 1.015-1.017 range in sg and most home aquarists keep them in the 1.023-1.026 range. A swing in salinity can severely stress or even kill a fish, it's also better to add the fish with the lights off and leave them off for the rest of the day.


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I had not read about drip acclimation at the time but will look it up. My sg is 1.019 like my dealer. I did not have the light set up until two days after I added my fish. (update) I gave my clownfish some lettuce in a produce clip. It definitely looks like he ate some of it... but I dont have any frozen mysis or brineshrimp, although I do have some freeze dried. Will that work? Incidentally, does anyone know how to sex clownfish anyway?
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If it is in the tank on its own it will turn female.

Go get some frozen mysis it will eat then
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I didn't know clownfish could change sex, I thought only guppies and swordtails could do that... I will see what I can do about frozen mysis. Can I freeze freeze-dried? Ive got some of that, but never tried freezing that. I also have marine flake and pellet food.
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No frozen offers more nurishment
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