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Old 05-06-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Clownfish help

So I just bought 2 ocellaris clowns, acclimatized them and put them in the tank. The small one is fine swimming etc. The big one is swimming frantically very fast and coming to the top of the tank and poking its head out of the water.

It is not stopping, it is constantly swimming very fast and darting very quickly.

Can anyone help?
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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With clowns... You shouldn't worry unless they're not eating and all. When I first got mine, it swam in place frantically for like a week and then it got used to the tank! Don't worry, clowns are known for their weird behavior.
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Thanks for the quick reply!
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Thanks for the quick reply!
No worries! I freaked out about mine too at first, so I know what you're feeling!
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Swimming frantically how? Straight line darting or in frantic circular motions? Big difference
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It darts in like straight lines.

Imagine like a zig-zag line, sometimes it goes in them kind of directions and similar. Like forward fast then turns then darts off again in real quick succession.

He has calmed down a little since about an hour ago when I put him in.
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Ok good. Glad to hear because non step circular rapid frantic swimming is sign of overwhelming stress known as the circle of death
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Try turning your lights off for an hour to give him complete darkness to calm down
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Yes I dimmed the lights really low when I put him in, but then because he was going abit crazy I turned them off completely.

My 2 chromis go straight into the rocks when the lights go off. My 2 new clowns are still out in the bottom corner now.

Do clownfish stay swimming all night or do they go into the rocks to sleep?
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My clown sleeps in the back corner face down almost in the sand. Never in the rocks where everyone else sleeps.
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