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Old 03-18-2005, 12:42 PM   #1
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Adding clowns to clowns? help!

Ok I have a few questions, I have 4 clowns, normal nemos. I also have an eibl, coral beauty , 3 purple firefish, 3 pearly(yellowhead) jawfish, and a blue tang. I was in my LFS the other day and I saw a maroon clown, or a little darker with a gole stripe, a gold stripe marron clown they called it. now he is a little smalle rthen my 4 clowns now, is that bad to add? or shoul dhe be larger then my clowns and i should add a pair or just leave it?

I have all 4 about the same size one is starting to get a little bigger btu I wanted to do it before it was to long. I have a 110 tank so plenty of room, just wanting to know if I can add 1 or 2 gold stripe to the tank and not have a problem.

I just want to add maybe them and 2 mandarins and I am done with the tank besides some corals and stuff.

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Looking forward to hearing if it is a good idea, bad idea and if people have done it before.

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Old 03-18-2005, 02:55 PM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge, tomato clowns are very teritorial, especially if you have carpet coral... and you can not have more than one of them in a tank unless the tank is huge. If you add it to you tank, more than likely, it will end up fighting with the other clowns....
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:58 PM   #3
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gold striped maroon clownfish are very aggressive. They also are slightly different than normal clowns in that you usually have to buy a known mated pair. They will be extremely territorial and may consider the whole tank their territory. I have heard of mixing clowns but never a maroon. Very chancy IMO. Check them out at www.drsfostersmith.com.
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:58 PM   #4
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Old 03-19-2005, 01:11 AM   #5
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Well he is alot smaller then any of the 4 clowns I have, and I put him in and so far the clowms are like not really interested, I will see in the morning what happens.

I dont have anenomes, not a fan really :|

they live in my toads and green hairy mushrooms.

I used to have a tank and when I put my gold stripe in with the other 3 they were fine, but the first 4 have been in there for some time. I will post pics of them tomorrow if i can

thanks for your help!
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Old 03-19-2005, 01:42 AM   #6
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so you have 14 fish in a 110. many of whom get aggressive twoard their own kind?

First, me thinks your way overstocked. Carefully check all of your parameters and watch for spikes.

second, I would reccommend that you research any and all future purchases so that you know exactlly what your getting into before you do it. the key to success in this hobby is research and above all, paitence.

third, a gold stripe Maroon clown will get to be 6 inches long. so it will very soon dominate your tank. Plus, they dislike other clowns.

here is a little more info on the fish: http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=107
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also, mandrins do not do well in tanks that have not been aged for a year and do not have at least 120 lbs of Live Rock per fish. Mandins need to eat copopods living in the rocks to survive.

for two mandrins, you would need to have about 240 lbs of live rock in a tank that is at least a year old and is full of a large copopod population. a fuge for raising copopods is also a must.

98% of all Mandrins die of starvation in the home aquarium.

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, I am just trying to help.

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yea im pretty sure you might want to leave the maroon out of your tank as they are pretty aggressive towards all clowns and are territorial.[
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sounds like he already added it. Why ask for help and then totally ignore the good advice given? Oh well it's your money you are wasting.
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And by the way I noticed you said one of your clowns was getting bigger. That is going to be the female. Now you will have 3 males and a female. None of the others will turn female unless the female dies. Then the biggest male will morph to a female. You will never have two pair from 4 that were always together.
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