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Old 12-24-2004, 04:25 PM   #11
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my clown swims sideways at night or when he is hosting something usually a chunk of silicone in the corner of the tank or the power head for the skimmer. other times he just swims around normal. i wouldnt really worry.

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Old 12-24-2004, 04:41 PM   #12
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I experience the same thing with my 2 Oscilleris Clowns. I removed the damsel now they got they whole tank to themselves. One got its fins nipped so bad that half the lower half of the tail is missing and the entire dorsal fin is missing. I am hoping they will grow back.
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Old 12-24-2004, 04:46 PM   #13
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do as they said remove the bubbles and continue

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Old 12-25-2004, 01:06 PM   #14
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One thing that I noticed is that one of my clowns swallowed some air because of its voracious eating and then had a hard time getting down until the air was "burped" back out. In the meantime he just swam sideways at the surface. I really wouldn't worry too much, unless you see one of your other fish harassing him.
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Old 12-25-2004, 01:27 PM   #15
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that could be that maybe he got some air in his swim bladder and cant swim correct.. put your hand i the tank near him and see if he swims around correctly


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Old 12-28-2004, 10:34 PM   #16
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I had the same problem with my clowns! During the day when the lights were on they would seem to be normal. (the temp is higher and alge grows) Then when the lights went out they went back to the top, swimming on their sides. (the temp drops and no oxygen is produced)
I installed a sufface skimmer and they have not done it since!
A BAC PAC protien skimmer with a surface skimming box was a great fix the problem.
I was told that the skimate was so thick that the fish could not breath.
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Old 12-29-2004, 12:09 PM   #17
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I was told that the skimate was so thick that the fish could not breath.
I think you'll find it was the DOC/proteins trapped at the waters surface. The build up at the waters surface will form a barrier preventing proper gas exchange. While a skimmer is definately a plus it was the skimmer box removing that barrier that would have been the improvement, not the skimmer itself. Although the skimmer helps remove DOC from the water column which also stifles available O2. FWIW, a powerhead aimed at the water's surface would have accomplished the same goal.

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Then when the lights went out they went back to the top, swimming on their sides. (the temp drops and no oxygen is produced)
Cooler temps hold more O2 not the other way round. O2 is definately supressed after lights out but it's not the drop in temp. The lights cause algaes within the system to produce O2 during the day and much like houseplants without light they produce CO2 at night. It's the CO2 that lowers available O2. That combined with the slime trapped at the surface would have been your issue. In short, improper gas exchange.

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Yah! What he said!!!
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