Urgent help needed Clownfish behaviour

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  1. VicZA

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    Hi All,

    I purchased two True Percula clowns on Wednesday. These are tank bread and are quite small. I put them into my new display tank (first and only fish) that same evening and I have been feeding them on crushed flakes, crushed pellets and mysis. They get fed twice a day and seem to eat quite well (even though they don't eat too much because they are small).

    However, they have remained near the bottom right corner of the tank where there is quite a strong flow for pretty much all the time. Today I noticed that the on in particular actually lies on the sand and basically (it looks like) it rests on the ground, sometimes breathing quite hard.

    Could there be something wrong or it this just "clowning" around ?

    Thanks
    Vic
     
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  3. VicZA

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    I have a video that made of the fish (10Meg) if someone wants that to help see what could be wrong based on it's behaviour
     
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    Here is a pic of the clown on the sand. Then he gets up, swims about and settles again.

    Clown on sand 01.jpg
     
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    It might be too much ammonia. With frequent feeding and a relatively new tank the ammonia buildup could be the issue. When I first started with freshwater tanks and did a complete water change and tank scrubbing I had similar response from the fish (I was uninformed and used to think algae was bad). That substrate looks sparkling to me, how old is the tank?
     
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    Tank cycled for 4 weeks ... at week 2 it got an injection of "special blend". It does have quite alot of algae growing on the rocks and substrate. Now that the lights are off, they are both sitting in that area. It really does look as if they are "resting" ... quite strange.

    I am going to get myself an ammonia test kit tomorrow and check the levels.

    What is the remedy if the ammonia is too high ?
     
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    Your tank still young in it cycled period. I would say you could have wait 2 weeks or more before adding fish. Whats you nitrate and nitrite levels. Your ph and kh. Readings. Did you test for it.
     
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    I would definitely recommend getting a test kit and checking all the parameters. While you are at the LFS, you could get a bag of activated carbon and ammonia absorbing stones. Rinse them in RO water and toss them in the return compartment of your sump. This will help as a short term fix. I checked your build thread but could not see anything about live rock and the sump is pretty clean, so maybe there is not enough media for the denitrifying bacteria to live on?
     
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    I do have live rock in my tank - it's about 50% live rock, 50% dry rock. Will investigate the activated carbon at the LFS (but our LFS is poor) - else I will get in Joburg on the weekend.

    The fish seem fine though. They swim in the strong stream mostly but feed ok and their color is good. Going to check as many parameters as I can today - will report back here.
     
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    Hi. When I bought my clowns they had pretty much the same behaviour as you are describing now for about 2 to 3 days and then they started swimming around. Maybe they are just getting used to their environment? I thought mine were dying but maybe just a little bit stressed?
     
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    Was the live rock fresh fresh as in directly from another tank to yours within an hour. If not there would also have been some die-off on the rocks. This will cause the longest cycle of all as the now dead rock needs to cure/cycle until all the dead organic tissue is eaten/absorbed and the bacterial colony has stabilized.
     
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    Can't you guys see.....
    The poor fish is tired from swimming alll day...
    So his just relaxing for a bit...
     
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    I honestly think that is the case ... or just a lazy fish

    Just checked the ammonia using a Salifert NH4 Profi Test (did it twice) and the results are on the extreme left - i.e. <0.25 which is fine (right?)

    Also, the one that "rests" the most (they both do it to some extent) is actually the one that has the biggest appetite.
     
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    Perhaps just hosting around that spot. They will often host in an anemone, pin cushion or zoas eventually once you have those. Quite a few host against glass for some time though.
     
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    Yeah looks like it
     
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    Have you tested for ammonia? Your tank has not cycled for long enough!
     
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    As per post above:
    Just checked the ammonia using a Salifert NH4 Profi Test (did it twice) and the results are on the extreme left - i.e. <0.25 which is fine (right?)
     
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    ammonia should be 0 ALWAYS. That sand looks way too new to have cycled already!

    i remember 8 years ago, they recommended cycling for 2-3 months?

    they still doing the same thing ?
     
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    He sead its <0.25! LOL!!!!!!!!!! You dont get any thing lower than that if you Use Salifert Test kits!
     
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    Yes!!
     
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    sorry read it as 2.5 LOL
     
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