Urgent help needed clown fish with mouth open

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  1. Fraser W

    Fraser W Swazi Reefer

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    hi all

    on saturday afternoon i came home to find my female clown fish swimming around with her mouth open very wide looking like she was breathing hard, male and other fish seem fine corals all fine too.. i checked my sump and saw that the water level was very low, so i suspected that maybe the salinity was the cause, i slowly added water back up to the correct level and check the salinity was at 1026

    today the mouth is still open and she still is not eating she tried to nibble on a bit piece of flake but ended up spitting it out i do bi weekly water changes so this weekend was my no water change weekend

    has anybody encountered a similar problem could it be one of those "isopods" caught in her throat or do you suggest i just do a big water change

    thanks fraser w
     
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    A water change will do nothing but waste time and money, sounds like she might have got hurt from a fight etc. have you got a pic?

    Can you catch the fish? If so , float a clear tub/container will drilled holes so that you can keep her separated and watch she eats, she also won't get distracted by other fish
     
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    I found this on the Web for you...hopefully it could steer you in the right direction after eliminating some symptoms..with the hard breathing I'll say that it could be a parasitic attack..?
    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1966798
     
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    How long have you had the fish?
     
  6. Irma

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    I had the same thing happen to my clownfish. It recovered on it's own. I think that one of my corals stung it on the mouth. I have frogspawn, torches and leather corals.
    The clownfish's lips turned white and it also tried to eat and would spit the food out. It did manage to eat a little and then recovered after a couple of days.
    This might not be the case for your fish though.
     
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  7. zakiyya

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    i have a similiar issue though i added in another clown and 2 black clowns on Sunday so hoping they will all become friends soon.
     
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