New clownfish breathing heavily


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Yesterday, I received a couple of clowns along with some other fish and inverts from a reputable quarantine service. I properly acclimated everything and turned off all the lights for the rest of the day. Immediately, everything was looking good and swimming nicely except that one of the clownfish seemed like he was having a little trouble breathing and keeping up with the other clown. I turned down the flow in the tank 50% and that seemed to help. Today after coming home from work, the clown is not looking so great. He has labored breathing and is sitting on rocks and sand. Is there anything that I can do for this little guy? I have a couple quarantine tanks that I could add some tank water and live rock from the fuge if there is something i could do to help treat him.
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Add air stone via air pump and lower lights to keep them relaxed. Check/test water if necessary.

Temp 77-79
ammonia .25 or less
ph 8.1-8.3
nitrate < .4

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