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Old 10-09-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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ok, I was under the impression that clowns hosted anenomies because the clowns are basically immune to the sting while their predators or not, and thus the clown gains some protection from predators by being friendly with the anemone, correct?

So why would a clown form a relationship with another piece of coral, like a leather or a zoo? What benefit do they get? and what benefit does the coral get from the clown?
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So why would a clown form a relationship with another piece of coral, like a leather or a zoo?
Just to stake territory for their own. Basically it's just somewhere to get "comfortable".
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Most likely none. Clowns can be rough and over time stress and/or kill some of the more delicate corals.
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I agree with MT79 that it`s a territorial thing. As I stated earlier today on another post I have a tomato clown that host a pagoda Cup and a Gold stripe maroon that host a bubble coral. In the meantime my BTA sits unattended.
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I could be wrong, but I think I read that the wild caught clowns have a better chance of hosting an anenomie, as opposed to the tank raised ones, that have probably never seen one......
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You might be right about the tank raised one but both my clowns are from the wild and wont host my BTA.
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You might be right about the tank raised one but both my clowns are from the wild and wont host my BTA.
Oh yeah, I forgot to add....clowns will be clowns, they do host what they want! LOL!
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Oh yeah, I forgot to add....clowns will be clowns, they do host what they want! LOL!
Like mine that hosts a crevice in a piece of LR. LOL.
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Mine used to host the corner of the tank, swimming in place, facing up...
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"host" means what exactly?

I've come to think mine "sleeps" behind the skimmer return box,but perhaps he's "hosting"?

Its only a lights out thing...both the yellow and kole tang get so deep in the rocks I can't find em..but the clown is always behind the box after night fall.Is he "hosting It" or just crashing?

If he is just "sleeping" whats the difference?

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Hosting is more like where they feel comfortable and hang out during the day. Yours is just finding a nice spot to sleep.
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