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Old 07-18-2004, 06:30 PM   #11
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Perhaps your qt is a little cramped for him and he needs to readjust...? How large is the qt tank?
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Old 07-18-2004, 10:31 PM   #12
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I don't have any ph's in the QT. I just have a penguin mini bio-wheel filter, airstone, heater, seeded sponge, and pvc fittings.
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Old 07-18-2004, 10:57 PM   #13
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Stupidly, I did not ask to see him eat at the LFS. I performed a 30% water change in the QT this morning and then checked the parameters. They are as follows:

Ammonia: 0.2
pH: 8.1
SG: 1.026
Nitrates: <10
Nitrites: 0
Temp: 80.1

The clown seems to be swimming around just fine and his color looks ok. I tried again with the frozen mysis shrimp soaked in garlic. He wouldn't even look at it! The lfs were I bought him is closed today, but I guess I could go in tomorrow to see what they are feeding the other clowns. I don't recall seeing any live brine shrimp for sale there. I don't know what else to do....
No saltwater livestock will do well with "Ammonia: 0.2". The fish needs a 100% water change and a mature biological filter like live rock. If no improvement in 24 - 48 hours than it's time for medication.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:17 AM   #14
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If no improvement in 24 - 48 hours than it's time for medication.
Medication for what?
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I noticed that when I get new fish that won't eat right away I normally turn off the PH's when I feed. The food just kinda hangs around and they eat. But with the fish that I get that won't eat, well it seems that they fair a little better when the food is flting around like it is "live" and they have to catch it. Like in thier natural habitat. Are these "tank bread" or net caught clowns? Maybe if they are "non tank raised" they are not used to being fead like that way. Try a PH in the QT when you feed so the Mysis will fly around the tank and see if that will help. Maybe he just needs to chase down his food. This has worked for me in the past.

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Old 07-19-2004, 07:32 AM   #17
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What clown wouldnt eat cyclopeeze?

I would try that, my clowns go beserk when I put that in the tank.
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Old 07-19-2004, 07:35 AM   #18
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No saltwater livestock will do well with "Ammonia: 0.2".
Most people think all ammonia is toxic, but it's toxicity is based on pH. I don't have the charts on me, but off hand I don't think ammonia is toxic until at least 0.5 with a pH of 8.1 for saltwater.
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but if there's a proper bio filter, the ammonia should be 0ppm
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but if there's a proper bio filter, the ammonia should be 0ppm
Remember this is a QT tank, not a display. I think the clown may just need some more time to adjust, keep trying, good luck.
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