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Old 02-12-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Clownfish behavior

Hello everyone, i added a clownfish to my 30 gallon reef about 3 weeks ago. He was the first fish in the tank, and his tankmates are 5 snails, 5 hermits, 1 cleaner shrimp, and 1 peppermint shrimp. Since i adde him he has only ever swims in the top half of the tank, he never goes down towards the bottom of the tank and odd. He likes to hang out by the powerhead in the corner, but hes not sick at all. How can i get him to go to the bottom of the tank?
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He may be trying to host a powerhead. Not un common. Don't know if you can make a fish do what you want. As long as he is healthy and eating. Maybe if you added anemone or some type of coral more appealing to them he may move.
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Ya i dont think hes hosting the powerhead though because he moves all around the tank, but only the upper half. Hes also pretty young, would that make a differance? We have a forgspawn an he could care less about it. Haha
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Each clown has different personality. Does He sleep by the powerhead?? My clowns will only stay by their brain coral they host. Don't venture far unless feeding. Age doesn't matter as far as hosting goes.
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Oh really? Well its wierd, during the day he hangs out by the powerhead, and at night he goes crazy swimming everywhere so i dont actually know where he sleeps.. I wish he would host the frogspawn! Lol
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That is odd he swims around at night aimlessly. Maybe can try to get him a partner. Maybe another clown will help him. If this clown is young you should get a larger clown. They there will be some dominance showing and larger clown will become the female.
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Ya i wanted another clown, but i am afraid of agression issues, so i decided against it. There are no other fish in the tank, so could that be why?
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Clownfish will change sex. They are all born male. Largest most dominant fish will become female. You could get a smaller clown as well and then clown in your tank will become female. Should be fine. I just don't think should get same size fish then could be aggression issues to decide which becomes female.

Although I am not positive about that. I bought my clowns as a pair. I'm sure someone will tell you best scenario for adding clown to existing clown. I would go with adding larger clown but again not sure if that is best scenario.
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There's nothing wrong with getting another clown, actually I recommend it, there will be a lil aggression but once one claims dominance they will become a bonded pair, which is a beautiful addition. But your clown should have a spot to sleep at night maybe a Conner at the top of the tank that's where one of my pairs sleep, and my other pair sleep pretty much on the sand bed.
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Really?? Okay well maybe we will try to add more fish and see if anything changes.. Haha

Not sure if we want another clown! Its only a 30 g so having 2 of the same fish seems like a waste... But they are pretty cool
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