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Old 06-09-2004, 09:19 PM   #11
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I think having tank raised clowns host in an anemone is just a matter of luck. My LFS, as well as many on this site, say not to expect it to happen. However, I had a tank raised ocellaris pair with my Rose BTA after only three days in the tank, so it can happen. I do think it is rather uncommon. On a sad note...when I recently upgraded my tank I put my fish in a rubbermade tub with a power head. The sponge cover of the power head fell off and my beautiful little clown was sucked up and killed. I still feel terrible about this. I replace him with a pair of true percs that are wild caught. They have been in the display tank for almost a week and have no interest in my anemone. Ya just never know.
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Old 06-10-2004, 01:24 AM   #12
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I'm pretty sure that the anemone is a sebae because it looks just like it. My one percula actually does go inside of it at night and in the daytime now. So I'm sure that the anemone will host perculas. Right? The other one just hovers over it still and just touches it with its fins, but doesn't go inside.

As for the grouper and tang, hopefully by the time the tang gets bigger I should have a bigger tank. And when the grouper gets too big, I'll probably sell it and get a smaller one.

The guy at the fish store told me how he can get a clown into an anemone. He said he would catch them in a net and put it over the anemone. That's how he would introduce the clown to the anemone and give him a chance to build up the slime to protect it from the anemone's sting. And he would do this over a couple of days. I don't know if this is true, but does it work?
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Old 06-10-2004, 06:12 AM   #13
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I believe the fish coat themselves in slime from the base of the anemone, not the tentacles. Until the fish is coated, the anemone will know its there and sting. I don't have one, so I'm far from experienced with them, but thats what I have read. GL tho'.
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If it is a sebae, they are considered a hosting anemone. As for the clown, give it time and see what happens. I would avoid netting the fish and placing it over the anemone. This will just cause extra stress on them. Let them find each other naturally. You need to take measures to keep this thing alive now. You do not have near enough light for a sebae. They require 5-6 watts per gal. of light. CF lighting will work but I suggest you take the hood off of your tank so you get better penetration. MH would be best for this type of anemone. They also require perfect water conditions. Again, how old is your tank and what are your water parameters? Things like temp, Ph, SG, ALK, Amonia, Nitrite, Nitrate all need to be perfect to keep this animal. And remember, most on this site do not advocate keeping anemones in tanks that are less then one year old. They do require mature and well established tanks. Good Luck and let us know how things are going...Lando
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My temperature right now is around 78-80. The pH is about 8.2, 0 Ammonia, Nitrates around 20ppm, 0 nitrites. SG about 1.021-1.022. My levels in my tank have not jumped around since I started it in March.
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Old 06-11-2004, 02:34 PM   #16
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honestly, your tank is too young for an anemone. You will want ot try to get those nitates down a little. Also, try raising your SG to about 1.024. Any thoughts on the light upgrade yet?
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I have 2 tank raised clowns for the last 3 months, and neither of them are the least bit interested in the anemone(s). I would love to be able to watch that special bond they have with their host, but I love to watch them anyway. If they never take to it, it's OK.

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Oh, I just ordered a 72 watt 50/50. It should be coming soon.
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Nice job on the light. It should be much happier. Good luck and post some pics some time.
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