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Old 11-26-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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Clownfish mating?

I am considering getting a pair of clownfish. If I get two young clowns, is it reasonable to say that unless they are openly aggressive towards each other, that they will pair up? Is there anything I can do to mate them successfully? Would it be wise to get more than two to better the chances of a successful pair?
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Old 11-27-2004, 10:57 AM   #2
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If you get 2 small juveniles they'll grow up and change genders and become a pair. Get Clownfishes by Joyce D.Wilkerson for info on breeding, raising etc.


BTW what species are you deciding about getting?

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Old 11-27-2004, 04:27 PM   #3
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that depends...

I was thinking about getting false perculas, since my research so far has said these are the easiest to care for and the most successful. I am open to suggestion, however.
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Old 11-27-2004, 05:56 PM   #4
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My clowns are a pair, however, I have yet to see any sorta mating rituals going on. The female (the bigger of the two) is quite aggressive twoard her man. she needs to calm down!!!
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Old 11-28-2004, 12:40 AM   #5
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My clowns are a wild caught mated pair. I've yet to see mating behavior (as if I'd recognize it if I did) but the female is very protective of the male and their anemone. The female seems to feed the male by dropping food near him. The male seems kind of stupid, even for a fish. It's no wonder he's stayed smaller than her with his food finding blindness and lack of motivation. He spends most of his time in or right next to their anemone while the female explores a lot.

The shop I bought them from has a mated pair that is not for sale that regularly mates. They lay eggs right behind the anemone and the little male just hangs out by the eggs fanning them. Maybe that's why my male stays "home" all of the time and the female feeds him. I don't think mine have laid eggs but the behavior might be strongly programmed in.
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