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Old 05-28-2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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Black and White Clown/Long Tentacle Anemone

HEy guys, its been a while since ive been on here due to knee surgery but im back now and wanted to share a little. I bought a black and white clown and a long tentacle anemone and wanted to know about how long before the clown even gets close to the anemone. This little guy has been a mess since i put him in my tank and i dont know what to do. I bought him friday and the anemone this morning. Any ideas? Also, i bought a Ricordea Mushroom and wanted to know if this thing grows spreads quickly?
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There is no guarantee the clown will host it. He may decide to host a corner, sand, corals, phs.
What do you mean he was a mess?
How old is your tank?
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Just as said, there is no guaranty that the clown will host the anemone. I had mine for 6 months and it hosted everything but the anemone until one day I noticed that it was all over it like white on rice. I wouldn't sweat it, if it happens it happens...

One word of caution though. As with any anemone, tank conditions should be very stable to house them. If the aquarium is new (less than 9 months), it is not a good idea to have one. Clowns do not need an anemone to be clowns.....
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I agree that it might not happen. My two clowns totally ignored my BTA and hosted a pagoda cup and a bubble coral. Ended up getting rid of the BTA. Here is my gold stripe maroon with the bubble coral.
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There is no guarantee the clown will host it. He may decide to host a corner, sand, corals, phs.
What do you mean he was a mess?
How old is your tank?
He was swimming up and down for 2 days in the same place. My tank has been running since March. Water is very stable.
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My tank has been running since March. Water is very stable.
Well honestly thats pushing it for an anemone. There is much more going on than you can test for as far as water quality goes. New tanks just need time for all the processes to stabilize. I would say a minimum of 6 months is best before adding delicate animals such as anemones, etc. Some people would say closer to a year. I'm not saying your LTA is doomed, but your situation is less than optimal at this point.

What are your parameters? Posting numbers for SG, NO3, Ca, Alk, PH, temperature would be best, and any others you have or I forgot heh.

What wattage lighting do you have?
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My tank has been running since March. Water is very stable.
Well honestly thats pushing it for an anemone. There is much more going on than you can test for as far as water quality goes. New tanks just need time for all the processes to stabilize. I would say a minimum of 6 months is best before adding delicate animals such as anemones, etc. Some people would say closer to a year. I'm not saying your LTA is doomed, but your situation is less than optimal at this point.

What are your parameters? Posting numbers for SG, NO3, Ca, Alk, PH, temperature would be best, and any others you have or I forgot heh.

What wattage lighting do you have?
SG= 1.025, NO3 = 0, Ca=460, Alk=12, PH=8.1, Temp=74.6
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Is that the normal temperature of the tank? Most sw or reef aquaria need to be housed in the range of 78 - 82. I'm not sure if thats whats bothering the clown, but I would try to raise the temperature up over the next couple of days.
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what type clown is it and what anemone. Clowns only like to host with certain anemones, they might not be compatable.
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what type clown is it and what anemone. Clowns only like to host with certain anemones, they might not be compatable.
He already said it's a black and white clown, which is a breed of percula (not found in nature) and a long tentacle anemone. Also like everyone said before the clown could possibly never host any type of anemone. MY ocellaris clowns happened to host a bta after 3 months of being together and my tomato clowns host mushrooms from the caribbean (there are no clownfish in the caribbean). So they will host pretty much what ever they want to.

Like asked before: What lighting do you have on you tank? and how big is the tank? The tank has only been set up for 3 months?

And depending on your light ricordeas dont really grow "fast" I have moderate light (6.5 wpg) with several different ricordea and it took me 6 months to get one new ricordea yuma.... and it's about -- in diameter. My floridias havent split at all. The new ricordea yuma was natural. I've also cut them to make more.
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