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Old 01-21-2005, 03:55 AM   #1
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How to make my clownfish merge with the anenome

I have a wild clownfish thats been in my tank for 2 weeks and today i introduced the anenome. The fish doesn't want anything to do with it. If i put them both in a confined space will this force him to enter the anenome and see what he's missing?
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I'm pretty sure it is impossible to force a clown to take to an anenome. I've heard of clowns never taking to one no matter the circumstances/efforts of the fishkeeper.
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what kind of clownfish, and what kind of anemone?
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:36 AM   #4
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Patience.... it can takes weeks to months. It was a first date after all and clowns do have their morals. Besides, what would the other fish say if the clown jumped into the anemone on the very first date?
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hahaha JG, that was hilarious. well i was mildly successful. the anemone is a rose bulb anemone, and the clown fish is an oscelaris. what i did was put the anemone in a tall drinking cup and i let it sit there until it fully opened up. i sprinkled some food into it. then i put the clown into the cup. i then used a turkey baster to slowly decrease the water in the cup. the clown began to dive into the anemone and then come out. it would go and wiggle briefly and then come out. this is all i was looking for, i just wanted the clown to know what i feels like to be in it. after that i placed them both back in the tank. sometimes the clown comes and bumps into the anemone and leaves but its obvious he just isn't ready yet.
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You sound like quite the little match maker! You'll have to let us know how your little experiment works out.
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That must of been very stressful to the clown.
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he didn't seem to mind
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The clown bumping it is a good sign that it will be hosted in the near future.

As for the anemone and clown drinking glass idea, I would not suggest that. A clown has to touch it for a few days or a certain amount of time to build up the slime coat resistance it needs in order to live in the anemone. You could probably really hurt the clown by doing this.
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I've read that it is not uncommon for clowns to be consumed by their host anemone in the wild after being away too long hunting etc. and darting back into it. The slime coat has worn off of the clown and the anemone recognizes it for what it is-an easy meal! I would not recommend anyone trying this in the future-you may end up just feeding the anemone your fish.
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