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Old 05-26-2011, 09:20 PM   #1
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Perc Clown not eating

I have a perc clown that hasnt ate at all since i brought It home saturday. He's breathing fast too.. I was told he has to get use to his new home and it will straighten itself out. But going this long without eating and all that increased breathing rate has me worried. Hes running away when i get close to the tank, so it still is showing its aware of surroundings

I only have 4 fish and 1 shrimp in my 55 so far and everything is tested, its perfect. No nitrates, nitrites, or ammonia. And ph is around 8.2.

I tried: frozen brine, frozen mysis and flake food with added garlic. All the others eat but him.

I have a perc clown (biggest fish), o clown, royal gramma, andsix line wrasse. And fortunately the o clown and perc arent fighting.
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So you have 3 clownfish? If it is just two then they are fighting for the female role, How did you acclimate the little guy? how much live rock do you have? like 1 3rd, 2 3rd, 3 3rds? Did you turn the lights off when adding it to the tank? that will help with stress too.
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No, i only have 2. A o-clown and a perc clown. They arent fighting at all, and the perc is double the size of the o clown.. I also have about 55 pounds of base rock with 10 pounds of live rock in my 55 gal. I kept the light off for the first 2 days.

-i acclimated by adding a little tank water from a small cup every 15 minutes over a hour.
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I wouldn't start worrying until he hasn't eaten for over a week.

Is he pecking at the rock at all? If so then he's eating something
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No, hes not pecking the rock either. I just fed the fish some garlic flakes hoping he would get some.. He still is smelling it when it comes close and turns away. He does this with everything.. Frozen and flake food. It will be exactly a week tommorow.

-it looks like the perc is losing a little weight im going to test the water again but if everythings perfect like yesterday then i dont know whats going on.
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No, hes not pecking the rock either. I just fed the fish some garlic flakes hoping he would get some.. He still is smelling it when it comes close and turns away. He does this with everything.. Frozen and flake food. It will be exactly a week tommorow.

-it looks like the perc is losing a little weight im going to test the water again but if everythings perfect like yesterday then i dont know whats going on.
I used to have 2 perc and 2 o clowns. I never really seen them fight but my o clowns were very skiddish and weren't eating. Although yours are not fighting the o clown may feel threatened
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If you mean the perc may feel threatened, he stays kinda close to the o clown. If i walk away from the aquarium and come back they are close together but not fighting. So i dont thinks its because of that. Plus the perc clown (the one thats not eating) is double the size of the very small o clown
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if you only have 2 and not 3 then thats probly not the issue if one is bigger then the other ive never had this problem before so i cant really help sorry
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Get more rock in there, that way they have more hiding spots.
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I called my lfs, the one i got the fish from and talked to the manager hoping i can find some for help. He told me since its percula they sometimes have something called brooklena (misspelled probably) and i need to give it a freshwater bath for 2 mins max. Im lookin for something to put him in to do this asap. My only tote is full of newly made saltmix
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