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Old 03-10-2013, 04:02 AM   #11
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I bought a juvenile emperor 4 days ago, he has been eating fine and swimming around with no problems.

Last night I noticed he was hanging at the top of the tank for awhile.
This morning when I turned lights on I noticed him wedged flat between a rock..I thought he was stuck so I lifted the rock and he swam out, shortly after he went back there again, I was worried so I tried to pull him out with my fingers and did, for the past 2 hours he has just been sitting there looking at the rock, seems to be breathing heavily with mouth slightly opened, I fed my fish and he didn't eat, as he has just stayed at that rock..could he be sick?

Water parameters are amm 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10 and PH 8.2+
Angels, well all salt water fish need to be slowly acclimated over a period of time before the are added to a system. Do you know how it was caught or if it was born into captivity? Angels are also def not reef safe and will eat most corals in a reef. How big of a system do you have? Also what are you feeding?
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:26 AM   #12
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Yeah cool. Where abouts in oz? I am in Melbourne. How long has the tank been running? What kind of lighting do you have? I ran my 200L (4ft ) tank for about a year before adding corals.
Angels are not really reef safe so be cautious when buying corals, could end up being an expensive meal for your fish!
Sydney. Tank has only been running for 7 weeks. I have the aqua 620 125lt. I will be upgrading the lighting with a few led strips before adding coral.


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Angels, well all salt water fish need to be slowly acclimated over a period of time before the are added to a system. Do you know how it was caught or if it was born into captivity? Angels are also def not reef safe and will eat most corals in a reef. How big of a system do you have? Also what are you feeding?
No unfortunately I did not ask. I am feeding frozen brine shrimp at the moment (he was eating a lot prior to today), he's just been sitting at that rock staring at it for hours heavily breathing and flapping his fins around.
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Sydney. Tank has only been running for 7 weeks. I have the aqua 620 125lt. I will be upgrading the lighting with a few led strips before adding coral.

No unfortunately I did not ask. I am feeding frozen brine shrimp at the moment (he was eating a lot prior to today), he's just been sitting at that rock staring at it for hours heavily breathing and flapping his fins around.
I'm sorry I don't understand, you have a 125 liter tank? What is the stock list?
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Odds are the fish wasn't acclimated properly and is stressed and in shock from changing water habitats so quickly. Drip acclimation over a period of an hour is usually standard. It's cheap too. Just get some airline hose and a bucket. Tie a knot in the airline and adjust to allow about 2 drops per second into the bucket. Feel free to take out half the total water in the bucket every 20 mins or so.
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I'm sorry I don't understand, you have a 125 liter tank? What is the stock list?
Yes 125 litre tank, 2 clown oscellaris, mandarin and anemone..I just tested my PH before its actually 8.0, could this possibly be the reason? I'll put in some PH up, maybe that may help him?
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pH isn't the issue. 8.0 ph is fine. Also, as a general rule, don't add in anything to your tank you're not testing for.
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Yes 125 litre tank, 2 clown oscellaris, mandarin and anemone..I just tested my PH before its actually 8.0, could this possibly be the reason? I'll put in some PH up, maybe that may help him?
Well I hate to be the one who tells you this, but your angel is about to overtake your tank. They get well over a foot and you usually need at least a 450 liter tank and a full grown will need at least 825 liters. Also with a tank that new, you may have a very hard time with that mandarin and your anemone. Usually you wanna wait at least 6 months for an anemone and even longer for a mandarin.
With all that being said, the ph should be above 8.2 for your anemone, and it will help if or when you decide to keep corals. With the current situation at hand, it is probably a combination of acclimation and ph. Hopefully he gets better soon
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