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Old 06-28-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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Worried about my clown fish

My clown fish does not seem to be himself lately. He is not eating like he normally does. He has eaten only once in the last 4 days. Normally he is the pig of the tank and eats more then his share. Now he is hiding down at the bottom of the tank behind my rock.

My tank is a 26 Gal bow front that has been running for over two years. I have had this clown for about that long as well. I did rercently add 3 new pieces of LR, and a yellow watchman goby. I added the Watchman two weeks ago and the LR last week. The LR was cured and I have had no increased levels of Ammonia or Nitrite. My water quality is high and I have been testing every few days since I did add new LR. My other fish are a Royal Gramma, and a Purple Firefish. My other fish are all eating as usual and my new Yellow Watchman is also eating very well.

My clown appears to look fine and at night he sleeps in his normal place. Do you think he is just getting used to the new additions to the tank?

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Maybe he`s being harrassed by the newer fish.
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:55 PM   #3
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I don't think that is the case. The clown is twice the size of the little yellow watchman. The watchman stays by his burrow in the from of my tank and does not bother anyone.
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Well my clown is still the same. Still hanging in the back behind the rock and not eating :-(

He is also opening and closing his mouth a lot which I do not think is normal.....he still shows no other signs of illness and appears to be swiming as usual. I guess I will just have to wait and see if he comes around.
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Have you tried soaking the food in garlic? That sets up a feeding frenzy in my tank. Are all those fish quicker than the clown, iare they eating all the food before the clown can get to it?

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This could be signs of stress, maybe he has an internal parasite. Has he changed colors or do you see any "film/slime" forming on him? Do you have a QT?
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His appearance looks normal...no color change or film or slime, he is normally the fast one to the food and it is the other fish that normally have to wait till he is done. He normally would come right up to the surface with his head out of the water when it was feeding time....I do not have a QT tank set up, and the thought of tearing my reef apart to try and get him is not appealing....I will try soaking the food in garlic...
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Well my clow is now showing faded discolored blotches and just looks worse. Unfortuantely I do not have a QT tank....I guess I could use a big tubberware container....I do not have any meds other then Melafix which I bought quite some time ago.....this is very frustrating watching him die....
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You dont have to watch him die. Let`s do some PWC and see if that helps. It cant hurt.
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I did a 25% water change yesterday with the hopes that it would help. He did come out from behind the rocks tonight and swam around the tank a few time. I am not sure if that is a good sign, or if it was kind of his last efforts....he kind of would swim then go down to the sand then swim a bit more.....I am keeping an eye on him and keeping my fingers crossed. He is the oldest fish in my tank at 2 years old and was always the most full of life and energized fish in my tank...specially at feeding time. I have been checking my water and other then my nitrates being a little high at around 20 my water tests good. I also received my refractometer today and tested my salinity...it is at 1.026.
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