clownfish acting strange

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by jamestown478, May 4, 2011.

  1. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    I have been noticing lately that one of my clowns, the female has been acting strangely. I have been noticing her laying on the bottom either upright or on her side and sometimes she won't move or swim away unless I stick my net in there to motivate her. The water paramaters are all normal. I did have an outbreak of some green moss looking algae on my live rock recently. Should I be worried about the fish?
     
    jamestown478, May 4, 2011
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. jamestown478

    Nanna Reef Freak

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    East Bernard, TX
    I'm sorry to hear your clown isn't behaving normally. Unfortunately I don't have the knowledge to answer you question but I just wanted to let you know I'm pulling for her. I love clowns, they were my first fish, so hopefully she's trying to lay eggs or something else exciting.
     
    Nanna, May 4, 2011
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    I am hoping she is trying to lay eggs. I have had this pair for close to a year now and would hate to lose her.
     
    jamestown478, May 4, 2011
    #3
  4. jamestown478

    cthegame

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2007
    Messages:
    8,704
    Likes Received:
    641
    Location:
    California
    not strange at all, pretty normal behavior for clowns. Mine have done all kinds of weird things including taking naps on their sides.

    I wouldnt worry about it unless you notice she is not eating, breathing fast or cant keep her balance.
     
    cthegame, May 4, 2011
    #4
  5. jamestown478

    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2008
    Messages:
    10,440
    Likes Received:
    975
    Location:
    VA USA
    +1 game....Mine used to wedge himself under my goby and play dead.
     
    wontonflip, May 4, 2011
    #5
  6. jamestown478

    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2010
    Messages:
    2,886
    Likes Received:
    380
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yep, my clowns sit on their side right in the top of the water near the overflow. They still eat, and are breathing fine, and eventually they start to wander around the tank, but they spend most of thier time in this odd position

    I think your clown is just acting like a clown
     
    Northstar24, May 4, 2011
    #6
  7. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    ok good that is a huge relief
     
    jamestown478, May 4, 2011
    #7
  8. jamestown478

    Supurderek

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Elk Grove, CA USA
    +2 game. I have seen clownfish in my friend's aquarium do that over the past year. As long as water parameters are good you are fine. :D
     
    Supurderek, May 4, 2011
    #8
  9. jamestown478

    meshman10 "YA CANT FIX STUPID"

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    cape coral fl.
    AWWWW!!! he's just clowning around...
     
    meshman10, May 5, 2011
    #9
  10. jamestown478

    sen5241b

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Messages:
    5,029
    Likes Received:
    387
    Location:
    Arlington VA
    I saw a clown act the same way and then I noticed that the heater was broke and it was quite cold.
     
    sen5241b, May 5, 2011
    #10
  11. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    my heater is working and tank is up to temp.
     
    jamestown478, May 5, 2011
    #11
  12. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    ugh now he keeps hanging around the bottom and when he does move around he doesn't move very far and he swims on his side and does backflips.
     
    jamestown478, May 28, 2011
    #12
  13. jamestown478

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Is he scratching on the rock or sand? You don't see spots on his body?
     
    Bifferwine, May 28, 2011
    #13
  14. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    he seems to just lay there kinda like he wants to eat the sand lol. I don't see any spots on his body. He also seems to be breathing a little harder than normal.
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2011
    jamestown478, May 28, 2011
    #14
  15. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    well she ended up dieing tonight :(
     
    jamestown478, May 29, 2011
    #15
  16. jamestown478

    Nanna Reef Freak

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    East Bernard, TX
    Sorry to hear the news about your clown. How is her partner doing?
     
    Nanna, May 29, 2011
    #16
  17. jamestown478

    reeftanker84

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    668
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    south point,ohio
    awww poor fishy,i wonder if fish get eggbound? i know lots of other egg laying animals do
     
    reeftanker84, May 29, 2011
    #17
  18. jamestown478

    jamestown478

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    wisconsin, usa
    partner seems to be doing fine. If I got another clown do you think they will pair up? How long should I wait before getting a new one?
     
    jamestown478, May 29, 2011
    #18
  19. jamestown478

    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2010
    Messages:
    8,985
    Likes Received:
    1,470
    Location:
    Englewood, CO
    I don't see it being a problem for fish... generally with the other animals (birds, for example) that get egg bound, it usually a calcium-related thing. I wouldn't think fish would have the same problem since they don't lay hard-shelled eggs.
     
    ErinCahir, May 29, 2011
    #19
  20. jamestown478

    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2008
    Messages:
    10,440
    Likes Received:
    975
    Location:
    VA USA
    I wouldn't add any more fish in your 8g...what are your parameters? Maybe your tank doesn't have enough water movement? The pic you have in your build thread doesn't show any powerheads. Maybe it's lack of oxygen? Could be stray voltage, too.
     
    wontonflip, May 29, 2011
    #20
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.