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Old 10-22-2009, 01:07 AM   #1
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orange face wrasse acts blind

I had my lights off and no food for two days because of a algae breakout. I got home from work turned on the lights, I checked my tank and I notices that my wrasse was in a rock and he seemed not to be moving, as if in a deep sleep. 5 min.later he is moving around swimming on the bottom kind of lame and bumping into the glass and the bottom then he goes into a crevasse in a rock and disappears. I dont know if he was startled or in shock or what. Does this make any sense to anyone?
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No offense, but the description doesn't give much to go by in deciphering a problem. As usual, water parameters (NH3, NO3, pH, Salinity, Temp)? Are there any abnormalities such as clouded or ruptured eyes/lens, frayed/reddened fins, body redness/inflamation...animal just exploded? XD Perhaps just startled since there was an extended blackout period before you cranked the lights on
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That sounds like typical wrasse behaviour. Wrasses sleep at night, often burying under the sand (depending on species). If you suddenly turn the lights on in a tank that has been dark for an extended period, they only partially wake up - swimming aimlessly around the tank and bumping into things. I'd suggest turning the room lights on until the fish are active, then turning the aquarium lights on.

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