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Old 12-05-2005, 03:01 PM   #1
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very sad day...my true percula is dead...

i don't know what went wrong. my mys clown and my clarkii seem to be doing fine but yesterday night my nemo was just chillin on the sand bed for awhile and looked like he had no energy. he would then go to the surface almost n a vertical position, like when the fish get tired, and stay around the surface. my water levels are all ok, except my pH is a little low at 7.9, and i doubt this could be the problem. and all the fish seem to get along. anyone know what could have went wrong?

and how do you guys usually get rid of the fish? bury in backyard, toilet, or trash?
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How old was the fish?

What size tank?

How old is the tank? (also, what kind of filtration)

What were your exact ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and specific gravity readings?

Extra Edit: Mixing clowns is not recommended, and if not the culprit now will likely be a problem in the future.
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the thing i'm wondering is that it had no nips or signs of struggle and fighting from the other fish. so how would the other clown have killed it? if it was the water levels - wouldn't all the other fish be sick too?

i only had the true percula for 1 week. i payed a premium price since i thought the color was perfect - $25.
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40 gal tank about 2 1/2 months old.
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A forty gallon tank is definitely too small for mixing clowns
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Yeah I wouldnt put different types of clowns in anything under 75 gallons even if there was no signs of fighting that could have done him in even if they were not fighting the one could have been preventing the other from eating and swimming freely which in turn could have stressed the fish out to the point of no return Sorry for your loss. Hopefully you find a different type of fish and do not mix again
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the thing i'm wondering is that it had no nips or signs of struggle and fighting from the other fish. so how would the other clown have killed it? if it was the water levels - wouldn't all the other fish be sick too?

i only had the true percula for 1 week. i payed a premium price since i thought the color was perfect - $25.
As others have mentioned, it could have been stress from tankmates, water conditions, or un-related and the clown was just "not well". All fish, however, will not react to environmental problems in the same way...some fish can "tolerate" poor conditions longer than others.

I would be sure to watch the other fish closely since one has died from an unknown cause. I would also still be interested in your specific parameters for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and sg.
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well after i buried my true percula in the backyard, i noticed that my Clarkii was acting the same way as the perc. so now i think it was a disease that the perc brought to the tank, since it was the first one to die. now my clarkii is on the virge of also dying so i am going to pick up some medicine at the fish store. hopefully its not too late.

i noticed that the clarkii and perc were pretty good buddies since they would swim around together, so i guess one gave the other the illness.
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Medicine will do no good unless you know what is wrong. The very first place to start is testing your water to see if thast is the problem. Please post results so we can rule out water problems.
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If your clarki is showing the same signs I would turn your attention to water parameters first. As already mentioned we need to know NH3, NO2, NO3, SG, Ph, temp. What makes you think it was a disease or illness?
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