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Old 04-18-2009, 06:58 PM
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Default dodgy looking clowns

i recently purchased a pair of clown fish (percula clown) and both was the perfect, helthy looking fish, full of colour and very active.
but now they have started to get greyish,black blotches all over there body and dont no what it is.i have looked on several web sites and asked my local fish store but cannot find an answer. the fish are still active and eating well so should i be worried (i have tried to take a photo but they are to quick for my camera)
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What are "all of your water parameters"?.....How long has the tank been running and are you certain that it is cycled (no ammonia)?.....How big is the tank and how is it set up?...What else is in the tank?
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:56 AM
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im not sure what my water parameters are as i dont check them myself as im new to this hobby and carnt seem to get my head round all the differant test results. ie nitrates nitrites ect, i take a sample to my local fish store on a regular bassis, i only check my salt levals and they are at 26.
i had my water tested 2 days ago as i purchased a star fish and an enenamy and it came back perfect (they wont sell livestock without testing your water first)
i have a 180L 35gal tank with a skimmer with built in uv light, eheim professional 2 external filter and a wave machine and it has been up and running for about 2 months.i only put water live sand then live rock in then left it for a month. then my cleaning crew (3 hermit crabs 2 cleaner shrimp 1 blood red shrimp). 2 weeks ago i put 2 clowns in and this week i put a blennie in a star fish and a enenamy in
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:33 AM
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Not knowing the ph, specific gravity, temperature, ammonia level, nitrite level, and nitrate level, I would not even try a guess as to what is wrong and what to do........It is cruelty to the creatures in a tank that is not tested regularly....If you are not willing to do the testing and regular maintenance on a marine tank you should not have one!

I recommend that you research the care and maintenance of marine aquariums and the requirements for every creature you put in your tank.

I also recommend you return all the creatures you now have until you are prepared to keep them.

Sorry to lay it on you hard, but I hate the thought of all the thousands of marine creatures that are being needlessly killed every day.
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Not knowing the ph, specific gravity, temperature, ammonia level, nitrite level, and nitrate level, I would not even try a guess as to what is wrong and what to do........It is cruelty to the creatures in a tank that is not tested regularly....If you are not willing to do the testing and regular maintenance on a marine tank you should not have one!

I recommend that you research the care and maintenance of marine aquariums and the requirements for every creature you put in your tank.

I also recommend you return all the creatures you now have until you are prepared to keep them.

Sorry to lay it on you hard, but I hate the thought of all the thousands of marine creatures that are being needlessly killed every day.

sorry dano but i think you missred my last post. all because i dont test my water doesnt mean its miss treating my fish in any way
i go to my local fish store every week to get my water tested and so far it has always come back fine.
if i didnt get it tested then that would be cruel
i believe once a week to be ample when it comes to getting water tested and will go down today to get the exact ph,specific gravity, amonia level, nitrite level, and nitrate level
 


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