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Old 12-30-2004, 12:08 AM   #1
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Clown fish Dieing?

Hello all, my pump went out and i didn't notice it, also i have one light bulb that's out too much money to get it right now. My clown fish has been swimming towards the top and is coming out of the water gasping for air is what it looks like. His normal behavoir is swimming towards the bottom. The other fish in the tank are acting normal. The water is at 85 right now, because the heater was on, abit more then usual (due to weather) The water does have a yellowish tint, it's been about 2 weeks since my last water exchange. Any ideas on what i should do? Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:20 AM   #2
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First of all, get the temp down a bit. 85 degree is too warm and may be causing him stress.
Second, what are your water parameter? How long has he been in there? Any other symptoms?
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:49 AM   #3
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is there a quick way to get the temp down?

is there a quick way to get the temp down? or should i just ease off the heater a bit till it gets to about 75+? water i haven't tested it. i will test that right now. he has been in the tank for serval months. he's a big black clown fish bigger then my other 2 fish damsels. 20gal tank. 1 light is out. will that be a factor i need to address soon?
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:04 AM   #4
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Just turn the heater down, don't want to do it fast. Could throw the fish into shock. Don't need to go down to 75, 80-81 would be fine.
Ya, those water parameters would help.
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Is there a lid on this tank or open top? If a lid is there, remove it. Is there ph or other circulation pump? They need one for the water to get oxygenated. They may be gasping for oxygen. I would check that and the other water levels - you will probably find something is not optimal.
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You said your pump went out it might not have been cycling the water and therefore it was getting stale...and the fish needed to go to the top to get air...also the heat is to high I like to keep mine around 78-80. And as quarryshark said test your water I dont think yellow water is a good thing in my opinion.
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Old 12-30-2004, 11:51 AM   #7
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I dont even run a heater on my tank. I had 2 powerheads in there and it got to 85* I removed one and now its right at 81*. The PH's heat the water so well that here in south Texas you dont need a heater.
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:26 PM   #8
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I'm testing the water right now, i'm going to get my light and a new salt tester, my dog ate it the PH looks to be at a 8.6. The Ammonia tested to be 0.0. Nitrite levels are at 0.25. NitrATE levels look to be at between 40-60 ppm can't really tell anything any between. Thanks i'm planning on going to the LFS since i don't have a salt checker anymore. What should i get. Another quick question the floor of the tank seems to be getting really really dirty with green algea anything i can do to clean this. i have about 2 crabs, and 2 snails should i get more for a 20 gal tank? Thanks for any help. There is a top on my tank.
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I'm testing the water right now, i'm going to get my light and a new salt tester, my dog ate it the PH looks to be at a 8.6. The Ammonia tested to be 0.0. Nitrite levels are at 0.25. NitrATE levels look to be at between 40-60 ppm can't really tell anything any between. Thanks i'm planning on going to the LFS since i don't have a salt checker anymore. What should i get. Another quick question the floor of the tank seems to be getting really really dirty with green algea anything i can do to clean this. i have about 2 crabs, and 2 snails should i get more for a 20 gal tank? Thanks for any help. There is a top on my tank.
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I'm testing the water right now, i'm going to get my light and a new salt tester, my dog ate it the PH looks to be at a 8.6. The Ammonia tested to be 0.0. Nitrite levels are at 0.25. NitrATE levels look to be at between 40-60 ppm can't really tell anything any between. Thanks i'm planning on going to the LFS since i don't have a salt checker anymore. What should i get. Another quick question the floor of the tank seems to be getting really really dirty with green algea anything i can do to clean this. i have about 2 crabs, and 2 snails should i get more for a 20 gal tank? Thanks for any help. There is a top on my tank.
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