Marine Wipeout

Thought it was about time this got blogged!

So I got back from my Japan trip of 2 weeks, and then off to Sydney for about another week. All up about 3 weeks. Didn’t think that would stress out the tank too much? Wrong… the ecosystem must’ve be overloaded with Nitrates by the end of it, and the Mono Sebae and Royal Dottypack passed!

The clown was showing very poor behaviour and was very sluggish. He also wouldn’t eat. Any fish keepers out there would know that the fish has pretty much had it at this point. I could tell it in his eyes that he was in bad shape. It also looked like his skin had algae on the surface.

Drastic action was required.

Quickly drained out the water (almost 80% in fact). Topped it back up with freshly made salt water. Netted the clown and bathed him in freshwater which removed all the algae like material from his skin. Popped him back into the main tank.

He still looked stressed and sluggish, but come the next day, he was back to his usual self again! Quite a turn around, and I dare say only a clown could take such stress. Quite a tough little guy!

PS. Since then, I’ve been trying to sort out the balance of my marine tank and have since introduced live rock. Due to the ammonia spike created with live rock, the clown has been relocated to a quarantine tank. He’ll have to live there for a while! Will keep an eyeout on the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels and do water changes as required. It just has a filter (with some filter media from the established tank) and a heater in a 20L plastic tub. If there is any issues with this, someone please make a comment on my blog now!

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