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Old 12-29-2004, 06:50 PM   #11
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Not sure if you are still looking for a false anenome for your clowns but I had a similar problem recently. I wanted to get an anenome for my pair of pecula clowns but had very little experience.
Having done a lot of research I decided it was better not to opt for an anemone as my inexperience and their difficulty with care would inevitably lead to its demise. I'm not one to give in so I asked around for advice.

I settled on a 7" leather coral with long polyp extensions (apologies I know they've got a technical term but I can't find my book to help me look less like a novice ).
(I already have a small 3" leather coral which they used to guard but nothing more so I was a little dubious.)
At first my bicolour blenny used it until i found him a barnacle then after about a week or so the clowns starting cuddling underneath it and against it. Once the coral was settled and got full polyp extension (~3 weeks later) the clowns fell in love and have totally adopted it as their anenome.
They defend it against any potential invaders (mainly my yellow tailed damsel) and use it a a bed! Both rub themselves all over it and collapse on it as if it were a matress. I don't think they have ever been happier.

I have no idea whether my perculas are wild bred or captive as I took the tank on from someone else. So i don't know whether they have ever seen an anenome before. but the above worked for me.
I've had hours of entertainment and joy watching the pair of them in their new home.
Good luck. Hope this is helpful.
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Old 12-29-2004, 07:09 PM   #12
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that is a great idea Liz. In an aquarium you have lots of choices for live coral (providing you have the right lighting). My clowns hang out in my torch coral, hammer coral, hairy mushrooms and toadstool just as much as they are in my rose bulb tip anenomes. Many of these coral are easy to care for and provide a great alternative to an anenome. Keep in mind that clowns do not need and anenome in an aquarium, but it is a way cool relationship to watch. Also, there is no way to predict if a clown will take to a certain coral or anenome at all.

Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
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Well I don`t think an anenome is needed with this little guy.He/she has fallen in love with the Firefish Goby He hoovers above the tunnel the Firefish hides in and follows it when it come out I think they`re real pals.
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MY LFS had an Anenome in it and it was about 1 and a half feet long I want to get one for my clown fish to "chill in" but I don't want it taking up to much space in my tank do they all get that big??? Also I saw just one clown in the Anenome will one become dominate of it and not let any others in? let me know thank you.

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