Male clownfish on side

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Hello,

I have 2 ocellaris clownfish, over the last week my male clownfish has been acting funny, he will lay down on the rock on his side and get back up and swim around a little. Also a week ago I got new lights, this changed my clownfishes behavior. Before I got my new lights the female clownfish would swim around the overflow, but would really explore the whole tanks. The male on the other hand would just stay near the top of the water right next to the overflow. They would eat normally, and act normal. When I got my new lights (2 hydra 32s) The clownfish seemed to be much more active, swimming all over the tank, and not staying in one spot. But the male will sometimes just lay down on the rocks and sit there. He is eating normally and when he is not laying down he is exploring the tank. Also there is no sign of Brooklynella on the fish.

Tank info:
75 gallons
Fish:
2x ocellaris clownfish
2x firefish
1x court jester goby
1x cherub angelfish

And I might add that my clownfish have been around since my tank started (about a year ago)

Parameters:
Alk: 8.0
Nitrate: 2-3
Ammonia 0-0.1

Sorry for the bad video quality

Any suggestions would be appreciated
 
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My clown used to do that in an empty clamshell.

If it looks healthy, is eating, and not breathing rapidly I'd chalk it up to crazy clownfish behavior.

My current 10yr old+ clown pretty much stays within an 8" area of the 300g tank.
 
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My clown used to do that in an empty clamshell.

If it looks healthy, is eating, and not breathing rapidly I'd chalk it up to crazy clownfish behavior.

My current 10yr old+ clown pretty much stays within an 8" area of the 300g tank.
Thanks, I forgot to tell everyone that he is breathing heavily, but then again It could just be some wacky behavior.
 
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I have moonlight on at night maybe he just didn't get any sleep.
 

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Hello,

I have 2 ocellaris clownfish, over the last week my male clownfish has been acting funny, he will lay down on the rock on his side and get back up and swim around a little. Also a week ago I got new lights, this changed my clownfishes behavior. Before I got my new lights the female clownfish would swim around the overflow, but would really explore the whole tanks. The male on the other hand would just stay near the top of the water right next to the overflow. They would eat normally, and act normal. When I got my new lights (2 hydra 32s) The clownfish seemed to be much more active, swimming all over the tank, and not staying in one spot. But the male will sometimes just lay down on the rocks and sit there. He is eating normally and when he is not laying down he is exploring the tank. Also there is no sign of Brooklynella on the fish.

Tank info:
75 gallons
Fish:
2x ocellaris clownfish
2x firefish
1x court jester goby
1x cherub angelfish

And I might add that my clownfish have been around since my tank started (about a year ago)

Parameters:
Alk: 8.0
Nitrate: 2-3
Ammonia 0-0.1

Sorry for the bad video quality

Any suggestions would be appreciated
That aggression isn't good at all. I think the smaller clown is being submissive to the larger one. If that doesn't stop, the larger one could possibly kill it. Usually, when a person is close to the tank, clowns stop fighting to watch the person. That fact that the bullying continued while you were filming it means they are really going at it. I would separate them....

Jay
 
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It seems that the male has been more active, but sometimes when I go in the room he will be resting on a rock, not breathing heavily, and not on his side. When he sees me he gets right back up and swims around the tank. I did try releasing the female, and it was fine for about a half a day, until the male started lying down again. Also, at night usually he lays down on his side, is this because he is sleeping? Do fish sleep? In the future I may get an anemone to provide shelter, when do you think I can let the female out?

Thank you for your help.
 
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It seems that the male has been more active, but sometimes when I go in the room he will be resting on a rock, not breathing heavily, and not on his side. When he sees me he gets right back up and swims around the tank. I did try releasing the female, and it was fine for about a half a day, until the male started lying down again. Also, at night usually he lays down on his side, is this because he is sleeping? Do fish sleep? In the future I may get an anemone to provide shelter, when do you think I can let the female out?

Thank you for your help.
They do "sleep". And will do so in the craziest of positions including laying on objects or the sand
 

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