Ornamental Fish Q&A 01

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These captive raised Indopacific anemonefish, were cultured in a commercial fish hatchery. Occasionally, when marine fish are captive raised, or held in captivity for some time, they may experience ‘stress shock’ when netted, handled, or moved. Clinical signs of this syndrome include rapid, short movements followed almost immediately by total body stiffening (muscle tetanus). While mortality may reach 80%, some fish will fully recover within several hours.

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