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Old 06-29-2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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Percula clownfish is dying!

My percula clownfish has been acting sickly for the past few days. It stays near the surface and is breathing rapidly. From the day I got it, it looked skinnier than other clowns, but ate a lot. Now it's not eating anything. I have another clown with it, and she has been acting normal, can anyone help?
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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What are your water parameters? Is the ph good and salinity?

Hopefully it will be fine.
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It turns out I have .25 nitrite! This has never happened before! Is my cycle reversing or something?
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Would having carbon affect this?
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:21 AM   #5
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Carbon wouldnt give you nitrites. i would recommend a water change asap. Could you have something decaying there? How long have you been cycled?
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About 3 and a half weeks. Since the 4th. I don't think there is any decaying things here and I will do a water change immediately. Should I do 50%?
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I would. you need to get the nitrite down. You have any ammonia or nitrates?
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0 ammonia and about 20 nitrates. Don't know about ph because I don't have that tester.
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Hmm thats odd, no ammonia. But still do a water change. Nitrite can be even more deadly than ammonia. Your trates are kinda ok, little high for sw but a water change will also fix that.

Are you using a liquid test kit or strips?
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API liquid test kit. I didn't get the master kit, but rather got them separate and I never found a pH tester for sw
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