I think my clown jumped

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So I've had my new tank running for almost 2 months and had a pair of clown fish in my tank that were already paired for years from a friend. since I put them in they were always together but this past week the male would be on one side of the tank and female on the other. so yesterday I come home and can't find the male clown anywhere I think he jumped and my dog ate him he is no where to be found. I've read that they Typically don't jump unless provoked so I'm wondering if I should check for something wrong.
Temp 79
PH 8.2
Ammonia between 0 and .25 can't tell
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 40 ppm

Also would it be a good idea if I got another clown fish if the one I have has been paired for years to another
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Sorry to hear about your clownfish . Hmm. Have you checked around your rock work? Also, what's the tank size? There shouldn't be ammonia in the tank if the tank is cycled, unless something was disturbed and caused a small spike.


 
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Well I was told by my lfs the ammonia is because of the poor water quality in california because of the drought and shouldn't worry about it to much I searched high and low in rocks didn't wanna take them all out of fear he might be hiding and crush him but when I feed them that little dude would be the first one oat the top of tank so when it was feeding time he wasn't there. That's when I first noticed him gone when I was going to feed them
 
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I got a yellow tang for about 3 weeks but he's not aggressive at all to the clowns he's also pretty small about the size of the female clown
 

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The yellow tang will need a bigger Tank. They swim a lot so they need a 55 gallon minimum. You don't have a lid on the tank? If not, it could be that your clownfish jumped. I've never had any fish jump before. My clownfish is really active and I have a lid on my tank.


 
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Yea that's what the what the guy at the fish store told me when I asked him about it he said when it gets bigger it will need a bigger tank but for the size of the fish my tank is fine for now and I plan on getting a bigger tank once I move out of my apartment into a bigger place. So you think it could have just jumped for no reason or should I worry about my other fish I plan on getting a lid for it now to prevent this from happening again but if it jumped because of something I want to fix that as well
 

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He could've jumped on accident. Yes get a lid on the tank, it will prevent any other fish from jumping out of the tank. Also, how is the other clownfish doing?


 
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It's been hanging around the tang a lot well from what I seen this morning there swimming together but she looks health
 
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since they have been together so long will she get depressed or if I try to introduce another clown would that be a bad idea
 

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Well that's good that the other fish are doing good. I think the clownfish jumping was an accident . I would get another clown .


 
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That's what I was hoping it was an accident now I gotta get a lod and figure out how to pair mine with new clown
 

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Agree, need to move that tang asap. And check the rockwork.

I've never had a clown jump. What is your saltinity? Are the other fish fine and eating? Any critters in the tank like inverts? If you get a new clown make sure it is smaller than your current clown.
 
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I'll have to wait to get home for salinity but I never top off with salt water so I'm sure it's pretty consistent
4 blue leg hermits
4 different snails
1 sand star fish
As far as the other fish they look healthy to me eat regularly
I do have a lot of caves but I can see in all of them without moving rocks
 

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I was just wondering if maybe you had an invert that might startle the clown at night but doesn't appear to be the case.

You should be able to pair a new clown, but like i said get a smaller one to assure it takes on the correct roll sex wise.
 
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So I really don't need to do anything to pair them just get smaller Clown they do it themselves
 
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