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Old 12-27-2010, 02:53 PM   #11
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Yes, clown fish are know to hang at the top, next to a heater or any other object that offers them some protection. Once the lights are on it should start moving about a bit. It all sounds like normal behavior.

Still, you need your own test kits. I too am blue/green color blind so I use the Salifert test kits for Nitrite, Nitrate, Calcium, Alk, and Magnesium. I use a Pinpoint monitor for pH and a refractometer for SG. The Salifert test kits have a sharp color change for most tests so it's easy to read the numbers.
Yeah I have a testing kit now. I will look into the Salifert kits you are referring to I'm sure those will help out a lot. Lights are on and he's easing in and out of the heater. Any way to move his safe spot to somewhere closer to the center of the tank?
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I did 2 water changes in the past 4 hours, with my salinity at 2.024. I will be headed to the lfs to get a test kit as soon as the place opens in 1 and a half hours. I have noticed that the little clown is swimming around more with the tank light on. It just floats at the top when the moonlight is on. So far no clamped fins or at the bottom of the tank like I've read about ammonia poisoning.
2.024..?? the salinity is high~!! assume that typing error....
yes...my clownie also acted like that....when the light is off, he swim more at the surface and near the return pipe...
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Yea, I also assumed it was a typo and that SG was 1.024.

Clowns will go where they are happy. What else is in the tank?
How many gallons is the tank?
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Yeah that was a bad typo. lol Right now nothing is in the tank but snails and a few hermits that seem to be nocturnal, live rock and sand. Its a 15 gallon, sounds kinda small... But i think i can get it to work with a clown. Just planning on some soft corals and shrooms. Its been a week after the cycle so there really isn't anything in the tank
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i have 2 black clowns in my tank and when lights are off they lay ontop of my power head (closer to the base not on the intake) and also on top of my magfloat. they act really really weird at night and i assume thats normal for these fish.

my blue/green chromis lay sideways at the top of the water when they sleep....
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Clown is doing fine. Just trying to get it to eat now. It just chases it's reflection around the tank. I've been trying to give it slow sinking pellets but I think it may be too big so I will try mysis and such
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My clowns didn't eat for a week when I first got them.
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My clowns didn't eat for a week when I first got them.
I got some frozen mysis and will try a bit of that. I've seen my little clown eat tiny pods climbing around the glass and such

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The little guy goes for the mysis but some are just too big for him.. and its the smallest size of mysis I could get. Hermit is loving it though
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Try frozen brine shrimp, make sure they are vitamin enriched, otherwise they will have little to no nutritional value. As for the pellets, if you have the soft kind, it is fairly easy to take a sharp knife and cut them into halves or even quarters if the are big enough. Hikari Marine S pellets should be small enough as is if you can get your hands on them.
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Try frozen brine shrimp, make sure they are vitamin enriched, otherwise they will have little to no nutritional value. As for the pellets, if you have the soft kind, it is fairly easy to take a sharp knife and cut them into halves or even quarters if the are big enough. Hikari Marine S pellets should be small enough as is if you can get your hands on them.
He's eating the mysis but just not the big pieces. I slapped chopped the pellets and he's just not interested.
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