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Old 11-01-2003, 05:29 PM   #1
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My clown fish is biting me!

I am sure just like you I need to do at least an hour of algae scraping a week in my reef tank. Just today, my percula clown started biting my hand! At first it was funny, but towards the end I could not even put in my hand without him attacking it! Has this happened to anyone else? How am I going to clean my tank?
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iv been bitten but not by my clowns when i had them, they only seemed interested in seeing if i had food for tehm, try and algae scraped with along handle or a magnet.
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It's all fun and games until someone loses a hand.

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Old 11-01-2003, 05:59 PM   #4
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I do have a long handle but my canopy is so high that my hand still has to go in!
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arm length rubber gloves, its good not too have your hands in the water any ways.
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My little clown does the same thing. He isn't as big as a button, but he attacks my hand like he means to kill me. It's pretty funny...might not be so funny with a larger clown though. Protecting his territory I guess.
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lol...sorry, but killer clowns? I have to tell julius (my true perc) about this one...
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Old 11-02-2003, 12:28 AM   #8
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I know it really is ridiculous!!!! I will get some rubber gloves though!
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Old 11-02-2003, 04:09 PM   #9
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When I had mated cinnamon clowns it was one of the reasons I purchased a long handled scraper. The female (4") actually bit hard enough to break the skin. She used to pick up anything that was placed near the anemone and drop it on the other side of the tank as well... 8O

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Does your clown have a host anemone? This usually makes them very territorial and aggresive.

I've otherwise never seen too many aquarium based marine fish be really aggresive towards hands and fingers. I've had fresh water African Chiclids that *would* visciously attack anything placed in the tank, including golf balls, tongs, and prying hands.
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