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Old 05-30-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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Sick ocellaris?

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I've just purchased 2 ocellaris clowns one week ago and added to my 10g nano reef tank.
At first everything seemed ok ... they were eating and swimming normally.
After that one of them did'n want to eat anything. After a 1-2 days the other also. I've tried to feed them granulated food, mysis, enriched brine shrimp. They are not even interested... the food passes in front of them and they don't even move.
Also, they seem to swin in a fixed position always, with no purpose.
I've also noticed that they are breathing heavily but they are not going to the surface as if they need oxygen.


I've tested the water and the results are not very bad:

NH3 - 0 mg/l
NO2 - 0.1 mg/l
NO3 - 10 mg/l
PO4 - 0.5 mg/l
PH - 8.2
dKH - 12
salinity - 1024.

I made a 30% water change. Still no improvement in their condition.

There are no phisical signs on their outside to suggest any illness.

The only simptoms are the heavy breathing, the fixed point swimming without any purpose and their complete loss of apetite.

The other tank inhabitants (the soft corals and the amboinensis shrimp seem to be doing just fine).

Here is a link to a video I made with them. Please take a look, maybe you can spot something.

YouTube - ocellaris all

This has been going on for more than 3 days. I'm scared that they will die.
Does anyone have any idea what is going on? Is there something I could do?
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Do you have a powerhead in the tank. If you do aim it a little to the surface. Surface aggitation is how you aerate the tank. You say no sign of parasites?
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:22 AM   #3
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Do you have a powerhead in the tank. If you do aim it a little to the surface. Surface aggitation is how you aerate the tank. You say no sign of parasites?
I have a powerhead + the pump of the filters. There seems to be water circulation at the top. I wll try to make even more.

What signs should I look for. I see nothing unusual.

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amother video:

YouTube - 103 1472 ocellaris
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Tiny white spots that look almost like grains of sand is Ich. It is a very common parasite. Usually also accompanied by scratching on rocks or sand bed. General things to look for are spots, discoloration, bloating, red or irritated gills, cloudy eyes, or missing pieces of fin.
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I can see some white spots that I think are copepods on the aquarium glass. I understand that these are ok, even beneficial for the tank.
Anyway, they are not on the fish.
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The white spots would be much much smaller then copepods. It would almost looks like little bits of powered sugar on the fish. That kind of small.
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no... there aren't any.
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Swimming looks normal. Try soaking the forzen in garlic guard for at least 20 minutes.
When they poop, what does it look like?
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They might just be adjusting to a new tank. Are they eating the same food as they were at where you got them? My clown fish swim like that all the time.
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