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Clownfish help

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The smaller of my two clownfish seems to be losing colour and it's tail fin looks shredded? It's only the two clowns in a 450l tank.Just finished testing the water and everything is fine? The bigger clown is fine and they are both eating as normal. Could it be the bigger one bullying it or could it be some sort of fin rot? Couple of pics attached.

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Does the skin look clear? Does it have a dusty appearance to it?


How long have they been in the tank?
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i know that its not the same but one of four tropical tank Zebra Danio had the same thing and we put it down to being bullied but it shown it was growing back within a month or two.could be down to being bullied or it might of got caught in a wavemaker just a guess or as you said fin rot

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Thanks for the quick replies. Skin looks fine everywhere else it just looks really faded towards the tail fin and the fin itself looks like it's been in a paper shredder!

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How long have they been in the tank for Chris ?

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I've had them for about two months in total I think. Moved them from the 180l to the 450l about two weeks ago. Never had any problems with them before now.

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What are your test results?

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Salifert kits showing no ammonia or phosphates. Test strips showing no nitrate and ph is around 8?

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I was looking at your rocks,are they ocean rocks? The stuff on them looks rather like the stuff you get in a very new tank ,test strips realy arnt good enough,ive as an experiment used API strips alongside Salifert kits,there is a noticeable difference ,the test strips reading low .
It can be bullying ,have you seen any? Its also possible its bacterial damage due to water conditions,or damage from bullying has allowed an infection in.
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Yeah this tank is relatively new, as I said a few posts up it's been up and running for about two weeks. I had to do quite a quick change over as I couldn't have both tanks running at once. It's Marco rock. I have about half and half of this and live rock from my old tank. It's not the API test strips Im using, they are Tetra and I use the Salifert kits for ammonia and phosphates along with these strips.


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Sorry to say Tetra are not even as good as API. I would very much like to be proved wrong but id say thats bacterial damage and infection due to the system not copeing.
The smaller weaker fish will always sucumb first. I repeat,I hope I am wrong .
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System not coping with what though? There's two clown fish in 450 litres. I test the water regularly and did a 20% water change on Saturday because I realise the swap over was quite quick so have stayed on top of it. I get you have a problem with test strips but I think if there was enough of anything  to be causing a problem it would at least show as there being some in the water?

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Its just my opinion Chris,you dont have to agree with it. ;)



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Not disagreeing with you at all I just don't understand what you mean? In what way would the system not be coping?

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Well hun you can certainly disagree with me ,I dont have a problem,its what being in a forum is about ,differing opinions without behaving like UKIP  MEPs lol


OK ,its possible that with a lot of new salt water plus a water change,plus a change of enviroment,plus all the little parameters that we cant test for,it sometimes tips a little fish over the edge. Coupled with that growth on the rocks,theres some excess nutrients in ther feeding it.


We bought some new Discus they went into a established system but still there was a little cloudyness in the pectoral fins for about a week .


I am not getting at you sweetie just trying to help. I dont know it all and I never will.some one will come along tell you something different,because thats what they think,and thats fine too ;)


I just hope he gets better.
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