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Old 02-08-2011, 12:42 AM   #1
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Question How can I encourage my two Ocellaris clownfish to breed?

I've had these guys for just under a year now and I have not seen any signs of... "intimacy".
Why? Are they too young still? Is it because I don't have an anenome in my tank? Is an anenome absolutely necessary aren't there other ways to encourage breeding?
If an anenome is what they want I am more than happy to give them their very own personal 10G tank! But don't anenomes get very big...?
Hmm and while I'm at this question spree, how long does it take O. clownfish to reach maximum size?
If someone could take the time to answer all or any of my questions I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:22 AM   #2
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I would also like to know, I have a pair of clowns that are about 1.5 inches long and they have started doing the mating dance with each other (the male goes next to the female and shakes on his side) and seem to follow each other everywhere, I'm hoping they will breed once they hit maturity though I'm not sure when that is. From what I have read, an anemone will not increase the chances. Anyone?

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i have heard folks having luck by playing some romantic music, and putting a little crushed up viagra in the water...









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Old 02-08-2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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anemones can help but are not as important the only way they will help is by making the clowns feel alot safer. if ur clowns are mature and a mated pair in an evironment that they feel safe and happy in then they will mate. however if your clowns are in a tank or there own then there would be no need for an anemone. i no that most fish will spawn on a full moon. however i do not no if this is the same for clowns as they lay eggs and dont spawn like most fish do. it can sometimes take about 3 years before your clowns mate and then there first batch may not be successfull so be patient and it may happen one day. hope this helps
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Sometimes feeding more can help. I believe fish are usually less likely to breed if they feel that their nutrition is not enough to support the high energy cost of continutally spawning. Also like aaron said they need to be in an environment where they feel safe/comfortable. No threatening tank mates.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:52 PM   #6
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thats a good one i never thought of food.
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You can also look at the marine ornamental fish and invert breeding forums. There are a ton of people who breed clowns there and they may have some other ideas. They have a few experts on the subject there as well as a lot of good information you willl need to make a serious attempt at raising them.
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Theirs a couple of things you can do to help start breeding
1 feed alot more than normal,whilst still keeping water quality good
2 drop salinity to about 1.020
3 stop cleaning 3 sides of the aquarium glass
4 raise the tank temp to 80

This is all done to try and mimic spring,more fresh water entering the sea,more food and warmer

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Keep in mind that even if you get them to breed, feeding fish that small presents a whole 'nother set of issues.... and likely a tank for that matter to raise the food.
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