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Old 09/04/2018, 03:35 AM   #1
Chad_P
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Clownfish biting carpet anemone mouth

Have a haddoni carpet that I picked up from LFS last Tue. Acclimated well and settled in nicely. I was out of town this past weekend and noticed it seems to have gotten slightly smaller. I did turn down lighting at request of my LFS to help it acclimate) and notice today the clowns are fairly rough with the mouth. I see them shoving themselves in the mouth and biting.

Tank is 6 months old
Alk 7.8
Ca 432
Nitrate 5ppm
Phosphate 0.05 ppm
Temp 78
Salinity 1.025
3 radion Xr30 running ab+ program staring this week. 75% max but in a 4 week acclimation mode as we speak.

I was thinking maybe itís pooping and fish are just going after it but not sure. Here are some pics. Hard to get good pic because itís partially shaded. Havenít been able to feed it yet, when I put food on it the clownfish move it around but doesnít seem to give me much of a feeding response.



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Old 09/04/2018, 04:54 AM   #2
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In my experience, when the clownfish did this, they were attempting to help rid dead zooxanthellae in the anemone. I always had to increase the flow a bit to help it expell. If I didnt, the mouth just became looser and looser, until I had to pull it and quarantine it...or worse.


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Old 09/04/2018, 09:30 AM   #3
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In my experience, when the clownfish did this, they were attempting to help rid dead zooxanthellae in the anemone. I always had to increase the flow a bit to help it expell. If I didnt, the mouth just became looser and looser, until I had to pull it and quarantine it...or worse.


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I fear youíre right. This morning it started deflating more. Likely gonna have to pull this and treat with Cipro. Sorry for the crappy pic lights were just coming on



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Old 09/14/2018, 03:40 PM   #4
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That mouth is not normal, not looking good. , as far as clowns behavior goes, they’re natural symbiotes and will only care for their carpet. However, they’re not marine experts, so observe and take action to treat and help that anemone.

The light seems very very strong to me.


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