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Old 07-24-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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Killer Clownfish! What to Do?

I use to have a 20 gallon tank and got 2 Ocellaris Clownfish as my first fish. Any fish I tried to add after that my Clownfish would harass to death. They killed a total of 3 fish that way in the 20 gallon. I now upgraded to an 80 gallon tank and added my Clownfish and then 4 Chromis. The Clownfish now harassed 2 of the Chromis to death by chasing and nipping at them. I'm getting ready to add some expensive fish now but I'm nervous as to the Clownfish harassing the new fish that I get to death. What can I do?
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Take them back to you lfs. I had two clowns last year and couldn't believe how agressive they were. After talking to people in the know I found out they were maroon clowns. Possibly that's what you have. Are their white stripes thin as compared to the wider stripes you see on clown fish. If they are thin they're maroon clowns and the harrassment won't stop.
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They have wide white stripes. Examining them more they do have some light tint of black on them, so they could actually be True Perculas which liveaquaria has as semi-aggressive. I have had them for a year so I am attached to them but I can't risk them killing more expensive fish that I will add to the tank. I have to call around some lfs and see if they will take them as the lfs I bought them from has closed down.
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clown fish are related to damsels. in a small tank it's very easy to see aggression from them.
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Also maybe get rid of just one so they cant gang up on the other fish.
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I have a large, killer tomato clown, so I know where you're coming from. His agressive attitude reduced greatly when we put him in a 150 gallon tank with other aggresive fish of similar or greater size.
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I think you'll find someone who will take them. Also, perhaps if you separated them. Leaving only one in the tank when you add the new fish or even better, QT both of them while your new fish acclimate to your tank. A week or two. Then reintroduce them to the new fish and keep a sharp eye on them.
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I don't really have room to setup a QT tank. Plus my wife will kill me if she saw another fish tank in the house.lol Although I might be able to get away with a 10 gallon QT. Would that be big enough for the clowns and how sure is everyone that when I put these clowns back in they won't go after the new fish? My other option Im thinking of is giving these guys away and then adding to new clowns at the end of stocking my tank. Would that solve my problem?
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You may want to get a 10 gallon t ank. Put the clowns in it. Rearrange the tank( rock work) add new fish then add the clowns back in. This will change the territory andpossibly the territory behaviour of the clowns. Will be like a new home to them.
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