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Old 12-07-2003, 08:36 AM   #1
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I have a clownfish host question and its ergent

I have a 105 gallon reef tank with Gorgonians, an organ pipe, a leather, and a 1 foot tall colt and has "arms" or branches that are about 7 inches long. I have 2 yellow tailed damesels, 2 tomato clownfish, 1 percula clown fish, and a skunk clownfish. As you can tell I love clownfish ( mostly because I have never had one die before ) well I wana get a black percula soon but after that I am done with fish. Anyways...... My percula loved my colt it wouldnt leave in unless I fed him. Well then I get a skunk clown and it loves the colt too and it kicks the other one out of it and recently I have found nibbles out of the percula so I wana get another host for it so that they dont fight anymore. Well my question is, is that is there any corals/anemones that are pretty easy to keep that are possible hosts for my clownfish. Please write back soon. Thanks Bye

p.s. I know acouple host anemones- bubble, saddle, carpet, but I have heard the are very hard to keep and I dont wana spend 100.00 on a coral and then it die in a couple of days. If this isnt true please tell me and write back on anyother possible host corals/anemones that you may know of.
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what about a large hairy mushroom?
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I would stay clear of anemones if I were you and stick with regular corals. Why not just add more colt corals if they all love them so much?
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The problem is not the lack of available hosts. In fact, once a clown adopts a host it becomes more aggressive than without one. Instead of being a free swimming animal it now has a particular territory that must be defended. That combined with the multiple species of clowns is a double whammy. When younger, the different clown types will tollerate each other for a time but as they age this fighting will increase in ferocity to the point where they will eventually need to be seperated if they do not kill each other first.

I would no suggest adding the additional black perc and would also suggest you scale back the to just one species. Since the tomato clowns are already paired (?), I would opt for those and remove the rest. It may not seem like it now but this problem will not go away. It will only get worse...

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