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Old 02-25-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Just tore apart my tank to catch 2 BULLIES!!

I've had enough of the darn 3 stripe damsel and clarkii clown!!! They are two big bullies!!! Not only does the 3 stripe pick at my xenia, but yesterday I brought home a BEAUTIFUL coral beauty, and both of them were picking on him!!! So bad I'm not sure if he's gonna make it. So I tore apart all the rocks and after an hour caught the two!! The added stress probably didn't help the CB, but at least he's not getting picked on. I'm going to add some fresh saltwater and leave the tank alone for a while to let him relax. Hopefully all goes well! I was getting tired of my rock scape anyway!! When all is normal I gotta get a pic of this CB! The name is soo fitting!
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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What did you do with the other 2?
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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I have a trap in my tank right now trying to catch Anthia that is getting bullied. I went the tear apart the tank route. Pain in *** not to mention messy.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:44 AM   #4
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I have them in a tote right now.... not sure what to do with them!
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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The CB didn't make it...... I'm so upset. At least I got the culprits out
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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Take them to a lfs and donate them or see if they will give you credit for a trade
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:22 AM   #7
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Make sure when you're introducing fish to introduce community fish -> semi aggressive -> more aggressive. They were just protecting their territory. How long have they been in the tank?

Sorry for your loss... I had similar issues with my two clowns bullying.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #8
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2 years! I really like the 3 stripe damsel, one of my first fish. but lately he's been a terror! The other night I watched him bulldoze my finger leather coral that was wedged in the LR!! he hit it so hard with his little head it fell onto the sandbed! The coral is 10 times the size of the fish!
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:39 AM   #9
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Yup, your system is that damsel's reef! I might introduce a similar semi aggressive fish with other community fish (at the same time) to curb the damsel from bullying so much. My mated clowns were in ny 125 by themselves for a couple of years. Anything I added got bullied, but I introduced a yellow tang with a couple of community fish- and this disrupted the pecking order in a positive way. The tang was now the boss and so the clowns didn't bother the others any longer.
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The only Damsels, I would put in a community setting, would be blue/green Chromis. All others seem to get really nasty, as they get bigger. Started my tank w/ 10 yellow tails & 2 Seargent Majors. At 3 1/2 inches the MJors were like Pirhana! Took hours to get them out of a 135 reef!! Never again!
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