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Old 03-17-2004, 03:30 PM   #1
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Fight Broke Out!!!

I had anticipated this problem and was expecting some sort of confrontation, but hoping for the best. My plan was to buy 2 Maroon Clowns both at 1.5" and see if they would pair. I bought the fish from the same LFS out of two tanks from different parents as told by the LFS and confirmed by ORA, we called them from the store. I had been observing the fish for about 4 weeks at the LFS, monitoring the behavior, health, and diet. They were both in great and eating well. So I bought them took them home acclimated them to a 3hr drip into the QT. During acclimation I put them together hoping all would be fine and it was. They checked eachother together and than swam side by side in the bucket. There were a few instances of hostility when on would sneak up on the other the two fish would bang sides, this was not enough to really worry about so I thought. They were placed into the QT and seemed fine the mild hostility stoped and they both ate for me. I monitored for about another hour until my tank lights shut off still fine. In the morning when I awoke one was dead and the others pectoral and caudal fin were torn. I immediately tested my water SG 1.024, Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrate .10ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, ph 8.2, POH 0ppm, and temp at 82F degrees.
The alive clown is doing great and has already started healing. I still want to keep two maroons in hopes that they will pair. obviously I need to monitor more closely. 8O

Any suggestions on adding another maroon? Procedure? Should I divide the 10 gal. QT with plexi glass so that they are separated but can become aquainted? I ordered this book from amazon.com Joyce D. Wilkerson book.. Clownfishes and have not yet received it.

Thanks for your help,
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Old 03-18-2004, 01:51 PM   #2
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Sorry for your loss
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Old 03-18-2004, 06:41 PM   #3
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I will hopefully be picking up the other maroon this weekend. And I will try the introduction again. I was just wondering what you guys suggest as far as procedure. What has worked with your new introductions, and what has failed? I don't want the second attempt to be a failure as well, i probably wont sleep at all this weekend.

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Sorry for your loss
Thanks, he had unusual banding and decorative spots on his tail, he was my favorite of the two. I was pretty disappointed. I have pics of them swimming together in the acclimation bucket if I can figure out how to convert my images on my computer to format this site.

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I would re arrange the tank, then turn the lights out 10 min before you put the new one in. then wait 10 min after before turning on the light. If it's aggresion that might help.
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Old 03-19-2004, 11:55 AM   #6
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i would also get one that's bigger or smaller than the one u have, not the same size
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A link to pair up clownfish from another forum.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=215098<br%20/>
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:57 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about the loss.

Good link above. I think the specimen container is the best bet with a slow acclimation process. When you bought your Maroons were there multiples in one tank? If so, just curious why you took two similar sized ones from different tanks? Not familiar with ORA?

Anyway, when I bought my pair of Maroons they were in the same tank at the LFS and one was slightly bigger and displaying what I thought might be pairing behavior, so I put them on hold. I watched them for about a week before I brought them home. 3 months later no issues the smaller male is definately submissive to the larger female, but no major battles and they swim together all the time.

I think the real key for you will be to buy a juvenal that is smaller than the one you have.

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Old 03-19-2004, 11:06 PM   #9
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I really know nothing about sw but I know clowns are tricky since they pair up for life... I don't know how picky they are about choosing a mate, but I'm pretty sure if one has paired up before, it might not want to again... like if one you bought had his eye on a girl in the tank he was in, he might not be happy with someone you picked for him... just a though anyway...
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just curious why you took two similar sized ones from different tanks?
I wanted to be sure the two clowns had different parents, even though inbredding is not a big deal in the animal world. I wanted to avoid genetic complications for the possibility of breeding later on.

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