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Hey I'm new to the hobby and just hit 1 month but I've realized that today and yesterday after getting home one of my clownfish has been sideways most of the time I pass by and check out the tank and this an early stage of sbd of just a clownfish being a clownfish

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He hasn't been eating much the past month I've had him either my little clown is always excited anytime I get near but the bigger one never cares. I did realize when I got closer to the tank he did go back to normal swimming position I guess you would call it but any help would be great I'm not sure what to do I'll get a pic of when I get closer to the tank so you could see what I mean

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How long has he been swimming sideways?
I’ve had a clown fish do this just because he was silly and like it…but one time one of my clowns got swim bladder and started swimming sideways. It ended with him swimming upside down into a power head
I’d just keep an eye on him and if he starts looking like he can’t control the direction he’s swimming or can’t right himself when you approach then it could be swim bladder. Let us know how he’s doing!
 
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How long has he been swimming sideways?
I’ve had a clown fish do this just because he was silly and like it…but one time one of my clowns got swim bladder and started swimming sideways. It ended with him swimming upside down into a power head
I’d just keep an eye on him and if he starts looking like he can’t control the direction he’s swimming or can’t right himself when you approach then it could be swim bladder. Let us know how he’s doing!
Well he started doing this yesterday, they both swim sideways at night on the heater but lately he's been resting in the sand bed more while my smaller one stays on the heater most of the night. I'm also getting worried since his tail does stiff up a bit every once in a while and he hasn't moved as I was writing this he went all the way to the top but it seemed more like he floated and didn't really swim what products do I buy incase it is sbd so I can have them on hand for treatment
 
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Something definitely doesn’t seem right there. His tail looks chewed up - likely due to the female being aggressive.
Have you seen him eat at all?
We'll um they're the only fish in the tank and it's the bigger fish I'll post them rn and no I haven't seen him eat I've tried mysis brine and the little pellets he was kind of interested the first week and ate a bit but since then hasn't wanted to
 
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We'll um they're the only fish in the tank and it's the bigger fish I'll post them rn and no I haven't seen him eat I've tried mysis brine and the little pellets he was kind of interested the first week and ate a bit but since then hasn't wanted to
He's swimming a bit more normal as you can tell in the background but I'm still a bit concerned
 

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Yeah the other one is loves food mysis is the what I've realized he gets excited about the most what do I do to get him to eat?
I would've thought that after a while he would've just tolerated the food in order to survive but I guess a got a picky one
 
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Well he started doing this yesterday, they both swim sideways at night on the heater but lately he's been resting in the sand bed more while my smaller one stays on the heater most of the night. I'm also getting worried since his tail does stiff up a bit every once in a while and he hasn't moved as I was writing this he went all the way to the top but it seemed more like he floated and didn't really swim what products do I buy incase it is sbd so I can have them on hand for treatment
Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there’s no real treatment. Either they get better or they don’t. With my clown he swam into the power head before I could start attempting to help him but when I had a freshwater guppy get swim bladder it was suggested to try feeding peas…he wouldn’t eat them and then died the next day.
 
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Should I take out the smaller one or the bigger one? The bigger one is the one that hasn't eaten
Either way works. I’d recommend pulling the smaller (more aggressive) one in most cases, but it would be easier to monitor if the big one eats if it’s in a more controlled area.
 
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Either way works. I’d recommend pulling the smaller (more aggressive) one in most cases, but it would be easier to monitor if the big one eats if it’s in a more controlled area.
Alright I'll do that thanks for all the advice bro I appreciate it
 
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I separated them and they still won't eat I fed brine and pellets what do I do or do I leave them isolated for a while and try again in a bit?
 

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