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Old 02-10-2005, 11:40 AM   #1
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hi all
got a question
does any one out there know
if clownfish will host an artificial coral
(plastic anemone)
some of them look very lifelike
soft rubber/silicone/etc
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:52 AM   #2
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I've not heard of anyone having success with fake anemone's.
Also, many tank raised, captive bred clowns won't even host a live anemone.
A clown doesn't need an anemone host to be happy and healthy.

But it might be an interesting experiment IF the fake one is really cheap.
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:57 AM   #3
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The only issue I have with fake stuff, is the cleaning needed to keep'm looking good.

Otherwise, think of the clown's broken little heart when the fake anenome doesn't take his food offering.

If you do try it, let us know how they make out.
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I've also never seen a fake anemone that looked remotely realistic. then again I live in the mid-west, in a conservative, land-locked state (i.e. I lead a semi-sheltered existence)
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Old 02-10-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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i might try this out
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Old 02-10-2005, 12:26 PM   #6
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Also, many tank raised, captive bred clowns won't even host a live anemone.
A clown doesn't need an anemone host to be happy and healthy.
Actually, this raises a question. Who is hosting whom? Isn't it the anemone that is "hosting" the clownfish? Why does the jargon have the clownfish "hosting" the anemone?

I mean, if someone comes to MY house, I'm the host, right? My guests don't host me, I host them.

Anyone care to explain this? :|
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Do your guests feed you and defend you (answer the door and turn away anyone else) when they come to your house? Ok, so I'm not the one to explain it, but just throwing that question into the mix.
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I had an Ocellerus Clownfish take up residence in a fake cup coral(I agree, the anemone hosts the clownfish). I currently have a fake bubble tip anemone from Nature's Image in my fish only tank. When it finishes cycling (day 5, I've got an ammonia reading of .5 and a nitrite reading of .1) I'll let y'all know where or if the clownfish takes up residence.
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My TR clowns have started to try to host all sorts of things, rocks, heaters, sand, etc. I am going to try putting in a silk ocean plant for now and see how they take to that. Untill I can afford the lighting upgrade, there isnt much more i can do.

I think clowns like the softness of an anenome as much as the looks. A TR Clown has never seen an anemoe, so they may respond very well to the softness.

we will see.
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