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Old 01-20-2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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Floating Clownfish

I had gotten a pair of mated WC true percs. I lost one of them at about the 2w mark. The second one has always looked healthy but always hung out by my baffle at the waters surface. He's always out and about at food time and I never really thought anything of his strange behavior other just being attributable to a strange clownfish. Last night during feeding time he actually looked like he was struggling to get down off of the surface. He looked like any time he started to swim down the upward momentum would carry him quickly back to the surface. Is my clown just a strange fan of the surface or could this be indicative of a problem?
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:32 PM   #2
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Sounds like maybe a swim bladder problem. How did you acclimate him?
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:48 PM   #3
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He was acclimated over 2 hours with a shot glass every 5m (I know, not a drip system, but the good news is that, with your help, I get smarter every day ) with the lights off. The lights remained off for a while after that. He used to swim around. Never been a big fan of the water column, but now it really seems like he's stuck to the surface. He's been in the tank since the middle of December. Last night was the first time that it really looked like he couldn't swim down.

If it is his swim bladder is there anything I can do for him? Will he get better? How does acclimation affect their swim bladder?
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I'm going to refer this to SteveS for another opinion, but in the meantime my opinion.
Do you own a qt tank? My thought are to move her there, treat the water with 1 tbsp of epsom salt per 5 gallons of water and observe her for a few days. Also soak her food in a vitamin supplement such as selcon and see if things don't improve.
Maybe Steve will chime in with his thoughts.
Can you get us a pic?
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I'll get a pic tonight. Good night too since I'll be feeding the tank. I may even take a snippet of digi-vid to share. I think in this case a video would be worth 1000 pictures

In the mean time I'll make sure that I have the epsom ready for the QT tank. Already have the selcon from when his mate was struggling for survival.
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Ok, sounds good.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:09 PM   #7
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Other than the inability to swim downwards, is there any other odd things you've noticed?

Abrasions/lesions, bloating, stringy or white feces, cloudy eyes or red/enflamed around the anus?

What is the primary diet of the fish and do you know what caused the previous fishs' passing?

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I think the fish was just playing me. What a goof he is. I got home tonight and went to video him and he was swimming happily around the middle of the tank. He seems perfectly fine. He looked to be in complete control. I'll be feeding them in a little bit. I'll let you know if I notice anything else while he's feeding.

He looks perfect in every way (except for the normal hosting at the baffle during his quiet time). He looks to be a good size, not bloated, no marks on him, etc.

The fish eat formula 1, 2, mysis, cyclopeze, flake and pellet in rotation. He's a bigger fan of the f1 and cyc/flake than the rest of it.

His mate was the fish that had the white cotton on her mouth. It looked like it was getting better and then it got worse over Christmas and she died. You said that based on what you could guess with pictures that it was a fungal/bacterial infection of some sort.
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I think the fish was just playing me. What a goof he is. I got home tonight and went to video him and he was swimming happily around the middle of the tank. He seems perfectly fine. He looked to be in complete control.
How cool is that!! I nice to get some good news in this area of the forum!!
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His mate was the fish that had the white cotton on her mouth. It looked like it was getting better and then it got worse over Christmas and she died.
Still keep a close eye on him. I hope you are, but may not be out of the woods yet.
But that being said, most excellent news!!!
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His mate was the fish that had the white cotton on her mouth. It looked like it was getting better and then it got worse over Christmas and she died. You said that based on what you could guess with pictures that it was a fungal/bacterial infection of some sort.
I thought we'd discussed that in the past, sorry for the memory loss.

Good to hear on the swimming control. Keep tabs on it as Quarry suggested. I would also suggest being on the safe side and alleviate any possible pressure on the swim bladder. At the next scheduled feeding, mix slightly softend mashed peas in with some mysis. Basically works like a laxative.

If at any time you see the behavior again be sure to post back.

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