Clownfish sudden death

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Hi,

Been a while since my last post as I’ve been plodding along nicely and almost reached the 2 year mark with my first fish and coral tank. Thanks to all the initial help and advice received from this forum when starting out. So thanks again for all the help.

I’ve had my first real problem over the last month. I’ve had an outbreak of Vermeted snails so decided to disturb my aquascape in order to pull the rocks out of the tank and manually remove as many snails as possible. I did this in two sessions with each rock being out of the water for no more than 25 mins each.

Tank was doing fine prior to this decision to tackle the vermeted snails which were more of an eye sore than anything else. They weren’t bothering my corals and the tank seemed fine.

After removing more rock yesterday to cut off some more snails I have  had a blue Cromis die and then tonight I noticed my clownfish acting really strange.

I’ve had her since starting my tank and she has appeared healthy and happy until this evening. I first noticed her lying on the power head which I took for her sleeping. But I then noticed her darting around the tank bumping into the walls and jump net almost as if she was “sleep swimming”. She then just started floating around the tank until settling on the bottom. 20 mins later she was dead.

Would the whole disturbance of the rock have caused what seems to be a complete out of the blue death???

Apologies for the long post but needed to put it all into context.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

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Reply #1

I'd put money on it being ammonia, having spiked when a load of detritus was released. Have you tested the water?
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Hi, thanks for the reply.

That was my initial thought so I tested the water and all fine. Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, pH 8.0, nitrate 10. Temp was 25.4 and salinity 1.026 where it always is.

Also, I have a orange spot gobby, a starry Blenny and CUC and they seem to have suffered no ill affects at all.

Their wouldn’t have been any significant die off of anything in the rock during the tine it was out of the water would it???

It was quite distressing to watch to be honest. The clown was farting round the tank as if he had no idea where he was and wash smashing into the glass and rocks. Never seen anything like that before.

Does ammonia poisoning have that affect on the fish???

Thanks again for the response.

Geraint

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Reply #3

Perhaps a worm, or seizure? Realistically, you're never going to know, but if everything else is ok, then you can be confident it's not something you did.
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A worm??

Seizure could fit. She seemed to be uncontrollably shooting around the tank. Almost like she was having a fit. Strange.

What type of worm could have caused her death??

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Worm in the brain. Not a pleasant thought  :scared:
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Reply #6

Just a mystery sometimes. I lost some shrimp after too much rummaging with rocks  pulling them out of the sand releasing black gunk when I first started. Which would be in line with HK FUEY’s comment.

My cleaner wrasse had the same behaviour as your clown. Went from looking perfectly heathy and happy one day then that night laid on its side, then went bonkers smashing into the sand then just died. Never knew what happened.?? Still puzzled as I don’t have an anemone, yet the wrasse acted as if it was in agony as if stung. Water parameters were all good and no other problems since.
Sorry for you loss.


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