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Old 12-27-2010, 01:35 AM   #1
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Ammonia poisoning to newly added clownfish?

My tank has been done cycling for a week or so, so decided to get a clownfish. Little guy has been hanging around the surface since acclimation but isn't taking gulps of air. Is this a sign of ammonia poisoning?
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:02 AM   #2
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what is your latest water reading...??
ammonia-
nitrite-
nitrate-
salinity-
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:20 AM   #3
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what is your latest water reading...??
ammonia-
nitrite-
nitrate-
salinity-
I don't remember. I had it tested by 2 different Lfs and bought the fish at a 3rd. They showed me the charts and everythin to show they werent telling me crap. Both showed 0 in ammonia and nitrite is all I can remember. Salinity is around 1.024 give or take .001. Nitrate was slightly over 0. Just enough to show in the test. Sorry no numbers.

The clownfish was swimming and looked healthy at the store. But it was also schoolig with the other clowns so could it be in withdrawl?
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Not sure if this is significant or not, but the little clown is just swimming along the surface, has never taken a gasp of air and its fins aren't clamped along its side. The only thing in the tank are 3 snails, a hermit, mini brittle starfishes, some pods. There is some red streaks on the fins but they seem to be symmetrical so I could be just paranoid.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:32 AM   #5
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Could be ammonia poisoning or a lack of oxgen in the water. Is there any surface aggitation at all from powerheads or filters? Also, it is not the best idea to be cycling your tank with fish without having your own test kit. I suggest that you go grab a liquid test kit tomorrow as well as a refractometer or a hydrometer (refractometer is more accurate). If there is no surface aggitation, put something in the tank that will get the water moving and get oxygen in the water. Either way, I would suggest doing a small water change.
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Get a test kit and stop relying on others to test it for you. Best of luck to you.
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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.
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It could just be getting used to the tank, or maybe just sick with something else. Hard to tell. I kind of doubt it's ammonia - even if the tank wasn't cycled it would take a few days for it to show up and it doesn't sound like that's the case here.

Agree with others though... good time to get test kits for everything.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:33 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the help. I was up all night watching him. I think he has hosted next to the heater. When the clock struck 9 I went to the store and got an API test kit. I forgot that these things are color coded (i'm blue/green colorblind.) I did the tests and asked people in the house which matched the closet.

Results with numbers now

pH- 8.0 a little low...
Ammonia (tested twice) between 0 and .25ppm on the chart but closer to 0
Nitrite- 0 no doubt
Nitrate- pretty high at 10ppm

It looks like I was just being paranoid.. Do clowns usually host towards the top next to a heater? I think mines afraid of the dark, at lights out it stays as close to the surface as it can get and stays still, when the lights are on it swims about a bit before returning to the heater
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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.
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