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Old 09-07-2012, 07:42 PM   #1 
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Can someone help?

I realized today, under some terrible conditions, that the tank light on my Marineland Crrescent 3 is beyond too strong for Sir Bubbles. Once it's on, he has a terrible fit in which he throws himself against the tank until it's off. Then he stays in an almost coma like state in a corner. He even went so far as to hide UNDER his bridge so get away from it. I don't know what to do to help since the light isn't exactly a bulb...

Any help? :<
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #2 
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Floating plants will help diffuse the light or you can use some foil over the light to help too....
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:45 PM   #3 
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maybe with time he will get more used to it? im not too sure i havent had this problem but floating plants would deftinately work. maybe you can get some duckweed?
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #4 
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Do you know what kind of foil and if I should put it diretly on the light?

I'd use the floating plants, but they run at about $5 for a small netful here.
Also, I really don't want the risk of snails.


It honestly hurt watching him in pain like that. I mean, at one point I was 100% sure he was dead because of how still he was after a fit.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #5 
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The good thing about floating plants like duckweed and frogbit is that they proliferate really quickly, so one bunch is really all you need and soon enough your tank will be totally covered in them. I would send you some for free but I just got mine started.

Otherwise, maybe you could make some kind of canopy over 1/2 or 2/4 of the tank that blocks the light for Sir Bubbles.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #6 
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I can try.
I have some plastic mesh leftover from the dividers so I can try that...

I do believe I'm getting some duckweed from Ao since the first bunch died.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #7 
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After the bacteria coat the inside wall of the tank he'll no longer ATTACK HIS REFLECTION non-stop. He's hiding from his reflection when the light is off. Its a problem with really clear acrylic aquariums, the inside surface is exceptionally reflective.

Try giving him some open-topped ornament that he can swim up out of and back down into that he can feel is HIS... it may help him realize its just his reflection. Males are harder to teach that than females.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #8 
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You don't have to use live plants as floating. Most fake plants (not silk) can be separated into smaller pieces that will float just fine.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:27 PM   #9 
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The Marineland has the light that sticks up over the top of the tank, right? you could try wrapping a piece of plain printer paper or wax paper around the lamp if you don't want plants (or as a temporary fix until you can get some). I used to do that with my camera's flashbulb so it wasn't so harsh, seems like it would work the same here.
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