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Old 01-24-2006, 10:47 PM   #1
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Clownfish choices?

Which is the best type of clownfish for a beginner? I was thinking of the clarkii clownfish because I have heard they are the most easy to acclimate to an aquarium. How much more delicate is the common clownfish?In the tank there will be 2 cleaner shrimp, 5 hermit crabs, a lemon goby,and 2 midas blennies. The tank is a 45gal with skimmer and LR.

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Old 01-25-2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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Most O. Clowns are tank raised and do very well in the aquarium because it has never been in the wild with anemones.

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I agree a captive bred occelaris clown is probably the hardiest and in my opinion, best for a beginner. Your other tank inhabitants shouldn't be a problem mixing with a clownfish.
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If you don't mind me, I would like to suggest maroon clowns. I had a false perc and it died in 3 months. I now have a maroon clown and is been healthy and eating for 8 months now. I like maroons.
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I had bad luck with a Sebae and Perc Clown. My Tomato clown was the answer for me. The key is just to be sure that you will be happy with the clown long term.

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I agree with Fluff and the others the the False Percula tank raised clown is the best all around choice.
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One of my first fish in my tank was a maroon, I've had him for over a year now, however he's getting pretty big, and he's very aggresive (espesially towards me)!
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I have a pair of Ocelleris Clowns (false perc) and they have been troopers for me. THey were the first fish i got and have been through all the trial and error portions of my latest stab at this hobby. My O. Clowns even survived a lympho attack and have since fully recovered. I got them when they were really small about 6 months ago with one being slightly larger than the other. They have since paired up and the one is huge compared to the other. Hopefully they will mate. I would suggest O. clowns because they are super hardy, easy on the wild reefs, and generally a gorgeous specimen. They do awesome for beginners.
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I had Pec. clowns (two) Both died, however my yellow tang survived whatever ailment they had (I'd had them approx 6 weeks, without problems...
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Is it better to have TWO Clowns if you have an anemone? I've a tank raised clown now for about 8 weeks w/o a problem. He doesn't seem to care for the anemone much.

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