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Old 12-06-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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Will a clownfish host a Neon Green Hammer

I recently got one of these at a frag fest and can't find any info on them so I was wondering a couple things about them
Will a clownfish host in them?
What is the max size for growing?
How fast do they grow? Where do you place it in the tank?(bottom top)
What requirements does it require?(lighting currents etc.)
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Clownfish can host anything. I've heard stories about clownfish hosting a powerhead. So, it may not be that likely but I would not say that it is impossible.

Personally, I have had a clownfish host in gonipora.

Don't give them too much current and mid lighting. They can be very aggressive, so give some space between them and any nearby corals. You will know when you see the long sweeper tentacles coming off the head and the nearby corals shrinking back or getting damaged.

It's a branching coral. Given time it can get quite large. You can always frag pieces off by breaking the dead coral structure. Leave about two inches between where you cut and any live tissue.
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Take a look at the Hammer stats and photo. If you have a hammer coral, chances are that clown fish will host it.
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Not all Hammers (actually, Anchor) are branching. Some are termed "walls" which describes the skeleton nicely. It should be obvious which you have by looking at the skeleton. In my opinion, the branching type are more hardy - if a head gets damaged you can just snap it off. With a wall type, if there is tissue damage, it can rapidly just progress right down the entire "wall" of tissue and you'll lose the entire coral.

Often times, clowns hosting LPS kind of dooms the LPS. Depends on the coral and the clown, but many times the clown just "loves" the coral to death by not letting it expand or by constantly irritating or damaging it. Just something to watch for... not that you can do anything about it!
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Very well put Kurt! I agree
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Not all Hammers (actually, Anchor) are branching. Some are termed "walls" which describes the skeleton nicely.
I have both kinds in my tank. The "walled" one that Kurt was talking about is the one that my tomato clown hosted. He died recently at 12 yrs old but he loved his hammer coral.

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Old 12-08-2010, 09:53 PM   #7
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Do you think I could feed it blood worms instead of brine shrimp?
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You don't need to feed the coral anything. It will get what it needs from the water column and the light.
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:45 PM   #9
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Okay on liveaquaria it said to feed it.
Although nobody never answered how fast they grow?
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a new head every month or two under optimum conditions i guess. it's skeleton is built from it pulling calcium from the water column. not enough calcium= slower growing.
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