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Old 10-14-2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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clownfish coexistence

i have a large ocellaris who is about 4 years old, and i assume female since she never had any other clownfish tank mates. right now she is housed in my 44g corner tank with only a pseudochromis.
my issue is i really want a pair of clowns. i am going to be upgrading to a 55g, and obviously my current ocellaris will be going into it, but i was wondering if it would be possible (or advisable) to add an additional pair? ive been dying to get a black onyx pair, but they are mucho $$ and i would hate for something to happen to them, or to my curent clown (i'm very attached- shes my baby!) any ideas?

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Old 10-14-2005, 12:39 PM   #2
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Black Onyx percs are actually just percs (in black clothes) and too closely related to the Oc you have now. I wouldn't be inclined to put a pair of percs into the tank as I'm all but positive that your current Oc would kill the female from the pairing. I would be more inclined to add a very small juvi/male Oc to your current environment in hopes of forming the pairing that way. I think a 44 is too small for 2 pairs of clowns territorially speaking.

Good luck on the intro. I was nervous about adding a juvi to my maroon (typically much more hostile fish) but the pairing went swimmingly! I couldn't have been happier with the result. I actually have a younger second maroon female in another tank and tried to offer her a mate as well. Unfortunately she thought I was offering lunch and tried vehimently to kill it. That poor fish has been banished to the sump until either he grows some or we find a new home for him! I think the older ones actually pair more easily as they are further from the dominance/transformation issue. JMO though.

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