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Old 11-04-2004, 10:37 AM   #11
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'd like an anemone host in the tank, for the clowns, but is that possible with a 29 gal tank? The folks at the LFS recommended a carpet or ritteri anemone, all supposedly fine for a 29 gal.
Neither of those anemones should be housed in a 29 gal tank. They would outgrow the smaller water volume in no time.

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Or, should I go without an anemone? I just heard (wrong, possibly) that the clowns like it....
Clowns do naturally host anemones but it is not a requirement for captive care. You've already taken the first best step in helping them which is getting a pair. Mated pairs of clowns depending on species do much better and live longer in captive care than most single clowns of certain species.

What type of lighting do you have and how long has the tank been set up?

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Mated pairs of clowns depending on species do much better and live longer in captive care than most single clowns of certain species.
What if the clown has been by itself for 5+ years? I have a false percula clown that is my oldest fish. He used to share a tank with a dog puffer and now in my reef and is doing well. I have thought of adding a smaller clown of the same species to see if they would pair up but I wonder if he is too old?

On the anemone issue, you could try toadstool leather. On Garf's website, the metion that sometimes a clown will host to some corals. Not sure if the coral would like this and I have never tried it myself though.
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What if the clown has been by itself for 5+ years? I have a false percula clown that is my oldest fish. He used to share a tank with a dog puffer and now in my reef and is doing well. I have thought of adding a smaller clown of the same species to see if they would pair up but I wonder if he is too old?
It would be a she for sure

Clowns can still have a decent longevity solo but IME they live much longer as mated pairs. I have seen firsthand ones that have been going strong for over 10 years. 5 is nothing to sneeze at either though. I have had my mated skunks for about that time.

If you did decide to add another, just be sure it's less than 1" in size if possible. It will ensure it's not sexually mature and most likely still nueter or at the very least male. The smaller clown will also appear less threatening to the incumbant female. You really shouldn't have much concern just be mindful to QT the new addition.

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I have one in a 5 gal nano that I think is too big for it. I knew it would get too big at some point but it looked smaller at the LFS It is about 1" to 1.5". Maybe I will try in a few weeks.

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What type of lighting do you have and how long has the tank been set up?
The tank has been set up for...about 5-6 months now. I just got fish two weeks ago.

I have 2x65 watt PC lighting. 130 watts total.
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The tank has been set up for...about 5-6 months now. I just got fish two weeks ago.

I have 2x65 watt PC lighting. 130 watts total.
Your lighting would be fine for a BTA (Entacmaea quadricolor), preferabley a clone but I'd wait until at least late spring early summer before getting one.

The tank is still too young coupled with the fact it's new to you as well, I would suggest a little "seasoning" in both regards before attempting an invert as sensitive as an anemone.

Even though Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea and Stichodactyla mertensii are the natural hosts; A. ocellaris will easily adopt substitues. The corals some have mentioned would be the best alternative and IME the best starting point especially when new to the hobby. Once the tank is stable and you progress, you might even find an anemone is not in the cards afterall.

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What I would do (I havent seen anyone suggest this that I can find) is add Vitamin C to the water and their food and it will help with the fishs fin and healing. I did this for a wrasse and it worked wonders...
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