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Old 03-17-2009, 11:45 AM   #11
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As a matter a fact I think he was just sleeping cuz after about an hour he was fine swimming like normal and as of right now is still happly swimin but for the ammonia levels I will do what u have recomended and do a 50% water change and keep a close eye on the level for the next couple weeks till it's at 0. Might be a stupid question nut is it bad to do to many water changes
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:56 AM   #12
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As long as all the levels (pH, temp and sg) are the same as the tank water it should be fine. Once all is stable, 10% weekly or fortnightly would be fine if stocking is low.
It might also be worht getting your lfs to check the ammonia levels, sometimes testkits can give false results when looking at such small levels.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:04 PM   #13
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I'm pretty new but have been told to do more frequent 10%-20% h2o changes rather than infrequent huge (50%) changes. Anyone want to chime in? I do 15-20% water changes every 5-7 days in a 24 gal reef tank.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:05 PM   #14
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Also, I'm so glad your Clown was just sleeping. They are very personable sweet fish. They will quickly learn that you feed them and will 'beg'.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:12 PM   #15
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drummev, your quite right. I was only suggesting the 50% changes while there was ammonia present in the system. I would then do 10-20% weekly or fortnightly, like I said previously.

TBH lots of people do 40-50% water changes fortnightly in nano's, I'm always a bit worried about the stress on the fish tho.

I think the key with nano's is regularity, i.e. do whatever suits you (within reason), but do the same thing every time to maintain stability in the system.

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Old 03-17-2009, 12:18 PM   #16
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I have 2 small Ocellaris Clownfish and 2 larger Black & White Ocellaris Clownfish. They all get along great together. They even huddle up at night at the top of my tank behind my HYDOR KORALIA 4 POWER HEAD.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:14 PM   #17
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Thanks for the great info everyone I just finished with a 40% water change and the ammonia levels went down alot but I'm going to check the level everyother day if not everyday i'm new to the saltwater world so I'm still learning. I just want these fish to have the best home possible. Thanks agien for all the help.

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You might want to read our article on cycling to know what the clown is going through.

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Old 03-17-2009, 05:21 PM   #20
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My advice is the same as austandad. Do water changes and do them until ammonia levels are 0. The fact that your nitrate levels are very low at this point indicate that the cycle still has a bit to go. Keep up with the water changes and you should be okay.
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