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Old 12-24-2004, 01:53 AM   #1
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Ocellaris Clownfish are swimming at the surface

I introduced 2 clowns to my new tank 2 months ago and they were happy, healthy and full-tank swimmers until a few weeks ago. The smaller of the 2 keeps swimming at the surface on its side. They seem to continue to eat, and all of the tank's levels are in balance. I don't know what's wrong, and they don't appear to have any problems other than staying at the very top..and the one staying more horizontal.

I have the water movement quite high because I noticed that the clowns liked to "swim the rapids" when they first arrived.

I'm a newbie, and really need some advice here. Thank you!

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Old 12-24-2004, 02:14 AM   #2
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maybe you need more water movement at the top so they can have more air into the tank. and is it just me or dont fish usually swim horizontal?
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:57 AM   #3
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I agree, check your O2 level. It may be low.
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Perhaps he means that the fish swims/stay more on the flat side?
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brin yoru powerhead up to the surface more to get more surface agitation... that is a plus.... then let us know what happens

btw I think he means with one fin pointing to the sky.. def not normal swimming

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UPDATE on my clown

I've been reading all of the posts and have determined that it could be a couple of reasons that my clown is swimming on its side at the top of the tank.

I'm introduced some spinach with their shrimp this morning and all seemed to enjoy it. (I have the 2 clowns and one blue damsel)

I turned up the O2 levels pumping out at the top. I usually have this going all the time but you can see by the pic that I've turned it up.

I do have a blue damsel that seems to RULE the middle of the tank, so I'm also wondering if stress and fear of the damsel is causing some weird behavior?

The little clown is still eating so that is a good sign and I'll continue to update.

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Old 12-24-2004, 01:23 PM   #7
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Your clowns seem to be "hosting" in the powerhead. They are basically hiding. If you have aggressive fish such as the damsel you indicated, they will naturally seek out a territory of their own for protection.

I would however discontinue the use of the air injector, it's not necessary. Having the powerhead aggressively ripple the surface water is far more efficient and less messy. Injecting bubbles into the water actually does very little.

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So more O2 won't be a fix for my clown?

Now I'm even more confused. So more O2 into the water isn't the fix?
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Those bubbles arn't o2, well not necessarily, you can plug the air hole on the powerhead and just point the "spray" nozzle at the surface of the water and get a better rate of exchange, in addition you won' thave the "micro bubbles" all over your tank.
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http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...3/beginner.htm

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