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John Freas

Help, my Clown Fish are in trouble

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I’m seriously worried about my pair of clownfish.  I got them a little over a year ago when the tank was new.  For that time they were always active, especially at dinner time.  The feeding routine hasn’t changed, nor has the food (LRS Fish Frenzy). Up until now the male would always come over and eagerly take food from my fingers.  About a week ago the female stopped coming to the feeding area and now the male has too.   I’ve been worried but hoped that they were eating food floating by, as their appetites have always been good.  Today I found the female stuck to the bottom of my Vertex fan, still alive.  I freed her, but she looks weak and I’m terribly afraid that there’s something wrong and the pair are going to die.  The only thing that changed recently was the addition of a Foxface to the tank. He leaves them alone though and I can’t think of any other reason that they would be behaving this way.

 

Any ideas are welcome.  These fish are the family favorites and losing them would be awful, especially to something like starvation.  What do you all think?  What should I do? 

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Have you checked your parameters recently? Ammonia or Nitrites? 

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How is the oxygen exchange in the tank?  Surface area have enough agitation...can you add an air stone in the tank nearest where they have been staying?

I know you have been working on deducting nitrates but it has been a gradual process over the last few months.  This should affect their appetite or swimming patterns though.

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I just checked parameters.  Ammonia and Nitrites are zero, nitrates are around 10 according to Salifert.  API looks like 10-20 and we’re due for a water change so that’s the highest they’ve been in a couple of weeks.  PH is above 8 but it always is, as that’s what comes  out of the tap.  Flow is unchanged from when we got them a year or so ago.  We added the vertex around six months ago and it’s been running fast enough to be annoying to the fish. 

She’s pale and breathing heavily.  She’s swimming but weak.

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Was the fox face quarantined? Maybe it brought in some disease or parasite? 

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She died today.  Not surprising given her condition, but I’m pretty bummed.  I notice that her gills are red, though I don’t know how to interpret that.  I’ve just dosed the tank with PraziPro.  It says to do a big water change first but I don’t have water made up and it takes time to produce fifty gallons of RO salt water and I don’t want to wait.  I figure I’ll start with this, then do a water change as soon as practical and then dose a second time.  I lost a Firefish a week ago without warning.  I didn’t make a connection until now but I’m afraid something got into the tank.  I’ve attached a photo for any post mortem that you might want to do.  I’m always open to advice especially since I don’t know what I’m dealing with.

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