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Old 11-16-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Clownfish Gasping? Help?

We got a bonded pair of O. clowns last week and the male is swimming at the top of the tank.. maybe gasping for air? And the female is swimming at the bottom. They both are acting sluggish and can't quite seem to get the urge to swim around (or so it seems). Our parameters are: ammonia: 0, nitrate: 0, nitrite: 0, pH: 8.2, salinity: 1.022. Earlier today, for some reason, our pH dropped to 7.8, but we brought it back up to 8.2. Can anyone explain their behavior to us?
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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Mine likes to hang around the top of the tank. The Ph swing could have affected them. You really dont want to have but a .20 ph swing per day.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:18 PM   #3
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It only happened today. The pH has constantly been at 8.2-8.4 for the past few weeks. It hasn't dropped like this in a while.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:22 PM   #4
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if they are eating i would say they should be fine. could just be that its a new tank for them
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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well we tried to feed them a little bit to see if they would eat, but no success. we will try again at normal feeding time and see what they do. we are in the process of trying to breed these fish. we were told to gradually lower the salinity and not clean three sides of the tank. which we have done. and now there is algae growing on our rocks because the water is not being disturbed as much, i guess. could the excess algae and not cleaning the tank have something to do with their behavior as well?
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:24 PM   #6
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update: we just tried to feed them again and they did not eat. What do we do?
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It might sound like a silly question, but have you cycled the tank? Normally trace amounts of nitrate are in the water if you have successfully cycled. Unless you have a nitrate reactor or something of the sort. (I assume as you have live rock and live sand you have been through a cycle.

Try soaking the food in garlic before you feed.

Just make sure if they aren't eating to remove the excess food, you may encounter some ammonia issues if you dont.

Did the pH swing when the fish were in there?
How did you raise it?

The pH level isn't really an issue, it's the quick swings that are.
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Yes we have cycled the tank. This is the first day that they are acting like this. Yes the fish were in there when the ph swing. It went from about 7.9 to about 8.2. Now over night they are not at the top anymore but now both at the bottom of the tank sitting down.
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How fast did u lower the salinity? And what level was it at?
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When we got them it was at 1.022 now after a week it is 1.021. And all the levels are perfect right now. It looks like they are about to die. They are both at the bottom laying down breathing really slow and heavy and then all of a sudendy they will swim up to the top like they are trying to jump out. Then they will go back down to the bottom and do it over again.
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