Once again I'm freaking out, clownfish acting weird!

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Looks like a clown doing clown things like hanging out in random areas. Sometimes they will seemingly choose the corner of a tank as a host for a bit.

The behavior seems normal but the skin looks abnormal.
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Also, does anyone else think the lips appear abnormally white, puffy, and flaky almost? Could this be fungal?
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These videos are super helpful, this does not look like a dying fish. I don't have the knowledge base to tell you what all the things on the body and mouth region are, that I pointed out, but this is definitely not a lethargic fish so burdened with disease that it has one fin in fishy heaven (at least in the immediate future).
 

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Can you confirm if what I pointed out along the body are actually on the fish or is from the glass? It is a little difficult to differentiate because there are some parts of that region of the glass that give a hazy appearance to the fish.
 
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Can you confirm if what I pointed out along the body are actually on the fish or is from the glass? It is a little difficult to differentiate because there are some parts of that region of the glass that give a hazy appearance to the fish.
Yes. Those are spots on the fish. I need to clean my glass!
 
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The other option is that the pair bond has broken down. The fish with the normal dorsal fin makes frequent rushes at the other one. If it is doing that with you standing right there, imagine what its doing when you leave the room. I would put up your phone to video the pair and then leave the room. Review the video to ensure they aren't grappling.

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The other option is that the pair bond has broken down. The fish with the normal dorsal fin makes frequent rushes at the other one. If it is doing that with you standing right there, imagine what its doing when you leave the room. I would put up your phone to video the pair and then leave the room. Review the video to ensure they aren't grappling.

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Will do. Thank you sir
 
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The other option is that the pair bond has broken down. The fish with the normal dorsal fin makes frequent rushes at the other one. If it is doing that with you standing right there, imagine what its doing when you leave the room. I would put up your phone to video the pair and then leave the room. Review the video to ensure they aren't grappling.

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Saying that the bond is broken, where does that leave me? Do I need to get rid of one of the fish? It still has white spots.
 

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Clowns just get weirder and weirder.
When I first started reefing I learned they pair up and you can only have the single pair in a tank (Not always true I later found out, but seems to be the norm). Now I find they can have domestics and break up LOL

Hope you're able to help your fish! (sorry I don't have any valuable input)
 
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Clowns just get weirder and weirder.
When I first started reefing I learned they pair up and you can only have the single pair in a tank (Not always true I later found out, but seems to be the norm). Now I find they can have domestics and break up LOL

Hope you're able to help your fish! (sorry I don't have any valuable input)
Haha. Maybe I should call the police and file a report
 
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Well as of now, I'm recording the fish while not in the room. Whenever I sneak a peek around the corner they do not seem to be too interested in each other, only when I'm standing at the tank. I feel I'm more lost at this point than I was last night. Saying one is bullying the other- do I pick my least favorite and remove it? The fish still has white spots, regardless of the possible bullying. But she is eating and seems slightly better than yesterday. So idk if I should still treat for brook...and if I do, it doesn't sound like the methylene blue that my lfs gave me is the best option. Regardless of what happens to the fish and if it gets better or worse, I'll be investing in a proper qt setup this weekend. Now just to figure out if I should use it or not. I'm sure I will but still... no freakin idea what the fish has! Well at the very least, I've learned a very valuable lesson this week
 
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Saying that the bond is broken, where does that leave me? Do I need to get rid of one of the fish? It still has white spots.
You should try the phone trick first, it is only a hypothesis.
If they are making contact with one another, then yes, they should be isolated.
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Can't get a very long video as my phone is low on storage...I did sit way across the room for about 30 mins and honestly I don't see much aggression. It does seem the roles have reversed and the smaller one is being a bit more dominate. But she isn't on the sand bed anymore. She seems to be swimming quite normal. But there's still the white spots. I may try removing and treating her with formalin and fw dip tomorrow evening.
 
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Can't get a very long video as my phone is low on storage...I did sit way across the room for about 30 mins and honestly I don't see much aggression. It does seem the roles have reversed and the smaller one is being a bit more dominate. But she isn't on the sand bed anymore. She seems to be swimming quite normal. But there's still the white spots. I may try removing and treating her with formalin and fw dip tomorrow evening.
Finally had time to sit down a read through some of Humblefish's threads... I'll be getting metroplex and focus tomorrow and setting up a qt tank. Wondering if qt'ing 2 clowns, a cardinal, and a mandarin together in a 20g high is feasible. I do have other tanks but I'll have to buy more heaters
 
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Finally had time to sit down a read through some of Humblefish's threads... I'll be getting metroplex and focus tomorrow and setting up a qt tank. Wondering if qt'ing 2 clowns, a cardinal, and a mandarin together in a 20g high is feasible. I do have other tanks but I'll have to buy more heaters

Before you dose metroplex and Focus, you need to understand that the dosage for that isn't controlled and almost always is wrong (on the low side). Even their own instructions don't match - at one point they say 5:1 and on the bottle it says 1:1

Metronidazole needs to be dosed at 5000 ppm in food, and at that level it is very bitter and many fish will not eat it.

Take a look at this article first:


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Before you dose metroplex and Focus, you need to understand that the dosage for that isn't controlled and almost always is wrong (on the low side). Even their own instructions don't match - at one point they say 5:1 and on the bottle it says 1:1

Metronidazole needs to be dosed at 5000 ppm in food, and at that level it is very bitter and many fish will not eat it.

Take a look at this article first:


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I'm way out of my league with this whole thing... maybe prayer will work. Ha
 

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