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Old 06-01-2003, 01:39 AM   #1
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Clownfish losing its color

I've had my clownfish for about 2 to 3 weeks now. For some reason the orange is much less bright than before, getting greyish. What happened? Can I do something? Is it sick?
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Old 06-01-2003, 06:44 PM   #2
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It is quite possibly sick, or malnurished.

Tell us about your tank...
What size tank?
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Can you post a pic of the clown?
What do you feed the clown?
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Old 06-02-2003, 12:52 AM   #3
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Got the clown May 12. Haven't checked phosphate level -- need to buy that test kit. Feeding the fish mostly frozen mysis shrimp and some Spectrum from time to time. I feed once a day. Sometimes (mostly week-ends) twice a day, smaller portions. See tank info in signature. I'll try to post a pic later -- he wants to hide and sleep now...
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Old 06-02-2003, 08:13 AM   #4
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Feeding the fish mostly frozen mysis shrimp and some Spectrum from time to time.
You might try to vary the fishes diet more, there is another possibility that I'm gonna hold back on, until I see the pic. You should get a better nitrite kit, .15ppm, is a considerable amount of nitrite, not knowing how low it is could be detrimental to your tank. There is also a strong possibility of aggression from the damsels. How long has the tank been set up?
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What do you recommend that I add to their diet? I'll see if I can get a better nitrite kit although the solution was very pale, if not completely transparent, so I assume the amount of nitrite is very low. The damsels mostly chase each other; the clown often swims "in open water" -- without hiding behind rocks -- and doesn't get chased (at least when I'm watching...). Tank was set up April 19, 2003. I'm starting to think I may be adding fish too quickly but I thought I was ok since water tests looked good.
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Old 06-02-2003, 09:22 AM   #6
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What do you recommend that I add to their diet?
Hmm, you might try soaking their food in Selcon or equivilant, you should add some other meaty foods to the diet, possibly one of the mixed frozen foods. I make my own fish food using a variety of fresh seafood and nori. You really should experiment and feed them any foods they will eat.

Does the clown exhibit any other symptoms besides the loss of color? For example excess mucus production.
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I haven't noticed any excess mucus production. How would I see that? BTW, did you see my other post on "feather duster suicide"? Just wondering if this could be related.
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All I can say, is you would notice it, the mucus would stream off the fish. I did see your other post, and it may, or may not be related. I would like to see some more test results, possibly you could take a sample to the LFS and they could test it for you?
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I was planning on bringing some water to my LFS. I'll let you know what they tell me. Thanks a million for your help.
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Here is a pic of my clownfish. Can you see well enough?
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