I bought a Clarkii Clown a week ago. He was fine until yesterday. He developed white slime on both sides from his head halfway down the sides of the body. It looks kind of stringy and like it is lifting away from his body. He has become quiet and does not swim much. He likes to stay in one corner of the tank and swims very little. He was very active until yesterday. He was also eating until yesterday. I gave him a freshwater dip yesterday and the white was completely gone. Today he have very little white. The PH
is a low around 7.8. Normally the PH
is always 8.2. I dont know what caused the drop. It has been 8.2 for the past two months. I added baking soda to the water. I did a 10 gal
water change yesterday. I use reverse osmosis water. I have 14 fish and one choc chip starfish. The starfish seems a little slow as well. He spends time on the floor instead of on the glass like he used to. He does climb the glass at night. The tank has been running since June. I have not had any other problems. The Clarkii is the newest addition as of last week. I understand clowns can be stressed easier then other fish. None of the other fish have any white slime. They are all normal and actively swimming. I feed them Mysis Shrimp, Angel / butterfly frozen and flake. I have one porcupine puffer that loves mussels. I feed him at night when the other fish are quiet. He does not like to eat when the other fish are swimming around. I added slime repair to the tank yesterday. I am trying to raise the PH
. I guess since this all just happened yesterday and I just treated the tank yesterday, the only thing to do is wait. It is a 65 gal
saltwater with a 20 gal
below for the filtration equip. Fluval 404, JEBO skimmer and bio balls. Powerhead for water movement and 2 bubble stones.