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Old 11-05-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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No coral for my clown is that ok?

I have had my ocellaris clown for 1 year. He has been hosting on my xenias for at least 11 months. Since I am moving him from my nano to my new 132g will he do ok without the xenias?

My new 132g only going to be a FOWLR tank since I am going to keep non-reef safe fish like the angels and butterflies. If I leave the xenias in there will the angels and butterlies eat it?

I moved the clown over without the xenias he seemed lost and don't know where to go. He keeps hiding in the rock works and since I am sure I have mantis and crabs in there I am worrying that they might get him. Then I put the xenias over he went back to host the xenias again and stay there since.

So my question is if I take out the xenias again will he do ok in the rock work? Will he be ok if he keeps rubbing himself against the rocks (since he is so used to rubbing himself against the xenias)? Or will the mantis or crabs get him easily?

I currently don't have any corals in there just the xenias. After I have moved the xenias I will get non-reef safe fish then.

Any suggestion or ideas will be much appreciated.
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he will be fine without corals.
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You do not have to have corals for the clown.
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But it looks like he got used to rubbing his body agaist something. If I don't give him a corals to rub on and if he rubs on the rocks that will cause injury to himself or not?
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There are many people that have clowns in a FOWLR tank. They dont have any problems. He`ll be OK.
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But they have it since it was young and never got attached to a coral. Mine has been sleeping and rubbing in coral for one year.
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He will be okay. If he finds the need to host something in order to feel safe, he will. Clowns will "host" all kinds of neat things! Like powerheads, spots in the sand bed, other equipment in the tank. I don't think the clown will rub himself on the rocks, they are smarter than that.

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Thanks for the advice turtles. I will move the xenias to my QT for a day or two see what happen.
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Our saddle back had an anenome for awhile (till it out grew the tank) he now hosts a crevice in the rock , he does rub on the rock . I have seen nothing that indicates that this is a problem for him. I have not seen any abrasions ect . He just looks pathetic when the lights come on like hey get me a host
The percs that I have host the filter intake , and power heads , there is a frogspawn in there but they dont look at it
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