one of my clowns escaped :-(
Hey Everyone --
Well, we woke up this morning to find one of the clowns on the floor, and quite stiff. Now, I've read on this forum that clowns tend to jump, and so I've always been very careful to keep the egg crate in place, so all I can think of is that he either (somehow) made it through the 1/2" grating, or around the filter intake, where there is a little bit more room cut out.
Anyway, this leads to two questions:
1- is there anything else to do to keep them in? I'm not using the wooden canopy because the Orbit light fixture is too big, but I think I might modify it to make it fit over the lights. I think I'll also get some new egg crate and make the fit a little tighter around where the plumping protrudes. Any other suggestions?
2- We like having the two clowns -- they were always together (I got them at the same time). What would be the best way to add a replacement? I know they like to be in pairs, so will just adding another be OK, or will the older one (which is pretty big now) pick a fight? Also, does the new one need to be the same kind (false perc)? Or could I replace him with a maroon (for example), or some other variety?
As always, thanks for the sage advice.
base with 120# LR
CurrentUSA ORBIT 4x65W PC
Fluval 304 for carbon and LR
couple of MaxiJet-900 PHs
Calcium and Corbonate supplements 2x/week
2 percula clowns | 1 kole tang
1 royal gramma | 1 lawnmower blenny
1 cleaner shrimp | 1 fire shrimp
2 emerald crabs | bunch of snails and hermits
1 curlyQ anemone | 1 flower anemone
a boatload of fire worms and brittle/banded stars
... and now 100% mantis free!