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Old 09-19-2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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Man-Eating Clownfish

So...I have had an Ocellaris clown for two years. Now that I have several corals I find myself putting my hand in the tank on a daily basis moving things around a bit and adjusting flow.

Whenever I do this my clownfish will bite my hand the entire time, once every five seconds or so. It doesn't hurt really, but when he gets a hold of my knuckle by surprise I flinch and that's not a good thing considering I've nearly dropped a rock on my plate coral as a result.

Any ways to curb his aggression? I pulled out a bit of algae over a week so, which he sleeps in.

Not that big of a deal really, but just curious. Feels like being pinched sometimes hehe.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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You might wanna buy yourself a nice long pair of gloves/arm sleeves, if the problem persists that is. They're on sale now on fostersandsmith.com, though I'd imagine you could probably find something cheaper at a hardware store or something.

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...71&pcatid=3871
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Eh, seeing as he goes straight after my hand I think I can just scoop him up in the net and hold him prisoner until work is done. If it seems to stress him a lot I may get gloves but I prefer bare hands as do most.
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but I prefer bare hands as do most.
Totally feel you there. Good luck with that fish! Hopefully he's not developing too much of a taste for human flesh lol
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My 8 inch magnificent foxface has learned hand = food...so now even if I don't have food in my hand she will still bite my fingers....unfortunately there is no way to untrain this bad behavior that I know of...
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:35 AM   #6
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My tomato clown likes to snap and that guy has teeth!!!
So considering that he is a little piggy I put food in the tank before I put my hand in there keeps him well preoccupied
My boyfriend bought me those aquarium tongues, but I rather use my hand (better control)
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I have 2bettas and one likes to bite\nibble on my fingers when i move stuff around its quite funny to watch i hope to get clownfish ..... Any pointers ?
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Glad it wasn't my hawkfish doing it; that guy could probably leave blood.
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lol my hawkfish got me once.
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Glad it wasn't my hawkfish doing it; that guy could probably leave blood.
Mine is really mellow. Hopefully he stays that way... LOL
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