Originally Posted by TheTodd
The breathing could be stress. I saw you have some older posts asking about cycling and one even mentions a long nose butterfly. Are you sure the tank is cycled and how is that butterfly acting? How are the clowns today? Adding three fish in a month is pushing it, IMO
I brought back the butterfly to the LFS
because I was worried. I'm new to the hobby, a couple days after I got him I detected a small amount of nitrites, I panicked and took him back because I don't have a qt. So I waited another month with just the damsels in the tank and instead of taking chances I got the nite-out stuff and used it for a couple weeks. I took the damsels back and got two baby clowns, the parameters look too good to be true no nitrites either. I took the water to the store as well to get it tested and they check out with what I'm getting.
Today they seem slightly a little more active, but they keep going back to that spot and sticking their noses as deep into that cave as they can. They're only eating what passes by that little cave. I don't know if I should keep the lights on or off, I don't know what to do to de-stress them.
If I had to do this all over again I would never do a fish-in cycle! Hope a beginner sees this and thinks twice, what a pain in the neck. You get so excited and just want to put fish in. Just be patient and do a fish less cycle, it's a lot easier to do and in the end you get to put the species you actually want a heck of a lot quicker.