Hello, I have two new small (common) clowns as of yesterday and I'm having difficulty discerning the proper water current for my setup:
2 Month Cycling
3" Live Sandbed
Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate: 0
Hardware: 2 Profile Powerhead 601's (200gph each), placed in either rear corner of the tank, aiming upwards for surface disturbance. 1 Aqua Tech (30-60 Gal
) filter. Proper heating. Proper lighting. 1 Red Sea Prizm Skimmer.
The sea life consists of: 10 hermits, 10 snails, brittle starfish, two long-tendril anenomes, lots of LR
hitchhikers. This has been the setup for about two months now. Since I've added the clowns, I've noticed that they have definite struggle in the currents. I realize that clowns are lousy swimmers, and even on their good days they don't look graceful. There seems to be no dead spots current-wise, everything is receiving a nice flow - but that's the problem, the clowns seem to be constantly fighting, being almost tossed around by a current that didn't seem all that heavy until they were put in. It's not violent, but they're definitely working their tails off to stay in one place. My logical questions are for their health, their sleep, etc. Do I actually have the proper currents in this tank and their behavior is normal/healthy, or am I way out of purportion? Are these currents perhaps ideal for a larger fish, but not one so small? Thanks so much for any help/advice you can offer!