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Old 09-06-2005, 11:11 AM   #1
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Ive had my 29gal reef tank setup now for 18 months, I have a pair of coral banded shrimp, and a pair of clowns for over a year now no other fish have been in the tank since the setup. Yesterday I added a firefish and the clowns were all over the new fish. I watched them for about a hour the clowns never left the new fish alone. The firefish went under the rock work to be safe. Later that evening I put some food on the tank and the clown went after the firefish again..I turned the lights out and this morning I woke up and the coral banded shrimp were eating the remains of the firefish...
My question is do you think I will always have a problem adding fish to my tank.?
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I think before I put new fish in there I would take out the rock and then the clowns. Put the clowns in QT and then rearrange the rock, put in the new fish and then after about a week I'd put the clowns back. You might have better success though with a larger fish rather than something as tiny as a firefish.

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Old 09-06-2005, 11:35 AM   #3
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Well the firefish was about the same size as the clowns....maybe if I would have bought a pair of firefish this may have not happened....I will have to setup a qt tank before the next purchase
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What kind of clowns? Some are meaner than others, I believe.
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I think these clowns have paired up and will resent ANY new fish put into the tank. Unfortunately, the tank is really not big enough for a new fish to establish a spot far enough away from the clowns.
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So you think the clowns will be the only fish I can put in the tank.?
The firefish was the first fish Ive put in since I put the clowns in over a year ago
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I put the clowns in over a year ago
Oh yeah. They're probably good and situated in "their" home by now, and as Hara suggested, in such a small home.
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If you would get any other fish they would have to be bigger than the clowns. That'll intimidate them to the point they won't mess with the newcomer. But you are really lacking room for any significant sized fish.

From personal experience my clowns always check out any new editions that come into my tank. It's always inverts; so they leave them alone.
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Good question Ray (Austinsdad)...

What kind of clowns are they?
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