Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 02-13-2009, 03:48 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bayport, New York
Posts: 41
Can you influence a Clownfish to Host an anemone?

Hello. FOWLR I would like to eventually turn into a Reef Tank w Anemones (I some say to start out as a Reef tank others say wait until the tanks established, everyone seems to think Anemones aren't for beginners etc..). In the event I gain the experience neccesary and the tank is in proper order, How can you influence Clownfishes to host? I have a Maroon Clown. Any particular species of anemones they prefer. Lighting levels? Flow?

ronin33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 08:50 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
buddha_red's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Pasadena Texas 77504
Posts: 560
Send a message via ICQ to buddha_red
everything i have read says it is basically luck. Some have luck with bubbletip anemones

"Only mistakes happen fast in aquariums"
"The solution to pollution is dulution"
buddha_red is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 08:25 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,462
In the wild Maroon clowns prefer Entacmaea quadricolor (BTA), but clownfish may adopt other anemones or none at all in home aquariums. BTA's are considered the easiest of anemones to keep. If you want to take trial runs you can add both to a holding tank for 2wks and see if any interest is displayed.
Innovator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2009, 07:28 AM   #4
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
I had two clowns that totally ignored my BTA. Hosted two corals instead.
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2009, 12:46 AM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
Ziggy953's Avatar

POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
Posts: 9,101
You definitely want to make sure your lighting will support an anemone before getting one. There are a few tricks out there for getting clowns near the anemone. Feeding the clowns near the anemone can work (this is what I did). I've read about a guy that got one of those algae clips that looks like a clown and put it near the anemone to trick his clowns into it.

GSM clowns tend to be more prone to accepting an anemone then other types. I've seen them host in tube anemones before. I agree with innovator on his suggestions.
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2009, 08:59 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 18
In the sea, the Maroon Clownfish is only associated with the Bubble Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). An alternative anemone that Maroon Clownfish will sometimes accept is the Long Tentacle (Macrodactyla doreensis)

Free Fish Facts
stevekellner is offline   Reply With Quote

anemone, clown, clownfish

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clownfish desperate to host pinkie Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 08-03-2007 08:56 AM
A host Anemone Question thor32766 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 02-09-2006 09:26 PM
Anemone Host!!! kalani Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 08-07-2004 04:55 PM
I have a clownfish host question and its ergent GT96 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 12-07-2003 12:41 PM
Host Anemone & Ocellaris Clownfish??? ManderRN1 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 08-23-2003 06:54 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.