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Old 09-04-2008, 11:32 AM   #1
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Clown Territory

My question is about my Gold Banded Maroon Clown "Mator".

I introduced him to the tank at the same time as my Trigger and Coral Beauty so that all would get along. Even though all my fish are labeled as agressive, no issues so far. Even though there is plenty of rock with caves and tunnels, Mator took a spot in the upper right hand corner of the tank where the heater was. After a month, I decided to rearrange things to try to get him out of the corner. I moved the heater to the left side corner and rearranged the rock which added yet another tunnel. After a day or two, he made his way over to the upper left side corner of the tank where the heater is and has made the spot between the powerhead and heater his territory ever since. He does come out here and there, especially during feeding. As you might have seen from a previous post, I got a bubble tip anemone to hopfully get him out of the corner. So far, he has shown now interest. I know how much he dislikes my magfloat (he attacks it whenever it gets moved tot he left side of the tank) so I actually put it in his spot....still nothing. Any ideas? Or should i just chalk it up as that being his territory for good?
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Clownfish are funny that way. I'd say you tried what you could and you may just have to deal with his decision. That doesn't mean he'll stay there though. I've had mine change homes at whim. Give him some time and see what happens. Good luck.
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I agree with Cindy, they will hang out where they feel comfortable. Mine ignored my expensive RBTA for a long time. I had a disaster where I had to put all my fish into my frag system, in the end I had 4 clowns hosting the same RBTA. The two in the frag system hosted BTAs before and mine saw them doing it and went nuts. Go figure...Clowns are funny people....
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Although I love the way my trigger's looks and personality, I would have to say that my GBMC is my fave when he comes out.
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They are also one of my favorite fish. I like to say, clowns are clowns.
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:27 PM   #6
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Mine is pretty nasty though attitude wise. doesnt even let the trigger push him around. Scares the crap out of me when i have to put my hand in the tank and it makes a b-line to get a piece of me. My wife thinks its funny.
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GSM`s are the most aggressive of the clownfish IMO. I have one with a tomato clown and they fight all the time. Not to the death as I`ve had them for over 8 yrs now.
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I agree, when I had a tank full of damsels, they didn't even mess with him.
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Goldstripe maroon, are def the most aggressive IMO as well, Iv had one in a tank with an undulated T. before and he held is own for about two years, and then the trigger got too big. They are crazy!
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Yep...my trigger is insane as well. Lately, he has been invading the clown's side of the tank but they have yet to scrap in front of anybody. My trigger goes over there and sort of does this dance sort of thing from the bottom to the top of the tank and just keeps doing it for an hour at a time. He zips back and forth like he's exercising. He's just as much of a clown as Mator is.
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