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Old 02-10-2011, 07:04 AM   #1
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Surface gasping fish

I'm new to the hobby and last night, after feeding my 2 clowns, they have stayed at the top corner surface of their 10 g tank gasping.

This morning they where at the same corner.. It doesn't looks like they have sleep.

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Temperature 82 f
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:28 AM   #3
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Nirate 40 that High ain't it mine never gone above 1
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:40 AM   #4
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Could that be causing the gasping? How can I lower the level?
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Nirate 40 that High ain't it mine never gone above 1
Huh?


Lower the temperature. Clowns only need temps 72-78°F. They're probably sweating.
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Funny. What makes you think they didn't sleep? Large bags under their eyes? Sorry. Couldn't help that.

How long have they been in the tank?
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yeah its looking about time for a PWC, 40 isnt high, but you dont want to keep it that way for long periods of time, though i dont think that could be causing the problem
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Funny. What makes you think they didn't sleep? Large bags under their eyes? Sorry. Couldn't help that.

How long have they been in the tank?
Because as a routine when I wake up at 6 am they are always steady inside a shell that comes out on one of the live rock and this morning they where at the same upper corner of the tank gasping just lime last night 10pm.

They have been in the tank for 3 weeks
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how is the flow in your tank? is the surface of the water "disturbed" sounds like an O2 issue to me. BUT when i had the terrible break out of brooklynella it started with 2 O. Clowns doing what you are describing . any discoloration on the fish. white spots. blotching? excess slime?
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They are looping better. I added an airstote... But I don't think that me temperature is helping... average is 82f so sometimes it goes ip to 86.
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