Sick Clownfish?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Euphyllia, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    I was looking at my female clownfish a few minutes ago and she was lying in the anemone. She seems to be breathing heavily. She's very drowsy looking and swims slowly. Is she sick? What do those symptoms sound like?
  2. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    She's also not eating... :(
  3. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    She's dieing and she looks like she's in pain. I was told to put them in a bag and put it in the freezer to slowly slow their heart rate down and put them to sleep... is that the best option? She's lying in the back on the tank on some rocks barely breathing. :|
  4. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    Sorry to hear that, Matthew.
  5. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    I guess she could just be old. I thought they were around 2 years guessing from age but she could have been old. I looked at Joyce Wilkerson's book in the disease section and it didn't seem to match any of the diseases.
  6. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    You did do a quick ammonia and nitrite test, no?

    And yes, I've always used the freezer method to euthanize(sp?) my fish.

    My condolences. It's bad enough to lose an animal you're in charge of...but even worse to see it suffering. :((

  7. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    She's lying on her side on the sand, still breathing. Should I get her out and use the freezer method? Just want to double check before I do so. :(
    No ammonia or nitrites. The rest of the fish are fine as well as the corals.
  8. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    When I went to get the net and get her out she got up and started swimming for a bit. Maybe it's a sign...
    My mom keeps thinking that she's "egg locked" because that is what happened with my favorite guppy and then it exploded... :(
  9. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    I don't know. Perhaps someone with more clown experience will chime in....

  10. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Clowns are TOUGH! Are the rest of your fish alright? While it's possible that she's egg-bound or has some other random problem, it's maybe more likely that there's a problem with water quality. If you've got a buddy with a thriving tank who's willing to drop her in the fuge for a few days, it's worth a shot rather than hitting the freezer. I've seen fish that were all but dead bounce back quickly in the right conditions.
  11. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    I don't have anyone that I know with a salt water tank other than the BAR members. I guess I could ask around on BAR if anyone is willing. I'm just afraid she won't make it another day.
  12. Roc

    Roc Guest

    How long has the fish had these issues? I ask cuz your 1st post was at like 11 AM and you said you just noticed it and 40 mins later you were talking about killing her................
  13. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    Well it looked like she was going to die very soon and it looks the same way now... the fish has had the issues since this morning I guess.
  14. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    IDK... maybe she had one of those 24 hour viruses, but she bounced back. Not completely, but she's definitely getting there!
  15. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Aren't you glad you didn't kill her :)
  16. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Fish feel no pain.
    After decades of torturing them none would ever talk.
  17. sid700

    sid700 Supporting Member

    Yeah, I heard even after hours of waterboarding - not a pip. ;) .
  18. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    Yup! :)
  19. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Hey Matthew, your mom doesn't put you in the freezer every time you're not feeling well, y'know :D
  20. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    My mom did :(

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