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Old 02-03-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Received two black and white ocellaris today and they are MUCH smaller than I was expecting. I already had two regular ocellaris (one small and one large) and was planning on sticking with ocellaris clowns because of their peaceful reputation. Unfortunately, the newbies are smaller than the kids in the hood and the smaller original ocellaris is bullying the two new guys. The large one is indifferent and has totally ignored them. It doesn't appear too bad thus far, but I was wondering how much to tolerate before taking action. Any hints?
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:23 PM   #2
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You really shouldn't have more than 2 clowns per tank as they are very territorial. They may seem peaceful but they are just a Damselfish with a nasty attitude. I'd recommend getting rid of them or putting them in a different tank.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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stupid question... sorry for hijacking the thread but at the lfs ... how do all those clowns live together without killing each other?


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They have a hierarchy system in the wild where they all "work together" to stay alive and reproduce <--layman's explanation
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:46 PM   #5
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so is it possible to recreate something like this in a home aquarium?

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:53 PM   #6
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You can, but usually difficult just because of the territorial disputes. Most clowns and within any hierarchy (anthias, fairy wrasses, etc) can and will change sexes depending on specific cues internally and their surroundings, which means challenging for dominance most of the time. The ocean behavior system is different than that in our aquariums.
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stupid question... sorry for hijacking the thread but at the lfs ... how do all those clowns live together without killing each other?


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seemed like a really smart question to me.

On another note, we turned the flourescent tubes off and left the lunar lights on and it took it down a notch. Hopefully they're buddies tomorrow morning.
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Plan A is called net the bully, using a 4 inch net when "he" is chasing the other clowns, try catching him. If you do, then leave the net in the tank to put him into solitary confinement for a few minutes. If you don't then leave the net on top of tank where he can see it and you can quickly take up the chase again.

Plan B use a section of lighting grid to section one end of your tank.
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what size tank do you have??? they will robably be fine after a few days
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tank is 4', 120 gallon.
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