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post #11 of 17 Old 11-20-2006, 02:18 PM
I know, I've never heard someone suggest that species for a 10 gallon before, seeing how big mine has gotten. I can see why they don't.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-20-2006, 02:35 PM
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Just a quick note: The reason I quoted a bubble tip is because of the type of clownfish that was mentioned. Different clowns grow to different sizes, and vary in aggression levels. The ocellaris is known to be one of the smallest species of clownfish, and it's host anemone tends to be a bubble tip.
The different species of clown have specific preferences in anemone species, and not all will work with just any anemone.
Something else to consider is whether the fish are wild caught or captive bred. Captive bred clowns don't always understand the use of an anemone, as this is a learned trait in the wild. Using an anemone is not strictly instinctual for them.
I hope this helps to clarify the information I posted earlier.

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Juneau, WI
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post #13 of 17 Old 11-20-2006, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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i have 1 clown but want one more. 2 dove snails 1 starfish and 3 blue legged hermit crabs.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-20-2006, 07:43 PM
How about a nice piece of frogspawn, hammer, or GSP coral instead? The needs are a lot less and the growth can be controlled through fragging. Clowns will host in them as well. It would be better to host them in a frilly mushroom or GSP (green star polyps) as clowns can kill Euphyllia (hammers Frogspawn, torch) corals by rubbing their thin skin over the skeletons. This will introduce infections. However I've seen them host for years in corals like that with no ill effects.

I would stay away from a small BTA with clowns. the Ocel are the most docile but I've seen many anemones killed by their greedy and needy clowns. A small BTA stuck in a 10g might not be able to retreat from an over eager host.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-20-2006, 07:52 PM
What I love about my pair of gold striped clowns and there anemone is they will feed the anemone first before they eat. I guess its there way of paying rent.
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post #16 of 17 Old 11-20-2006, 10:55 PM
My maroons will pull out whatever I feed my anemones. They feel as though the food is the intruder. I've heard it from many owners beside myself. I envy you USMC. I have another friend that his clowns do the same. They feed the anemone first.
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-21-2006, 06:49 AM
I don't know how it happened, I had the first clown since before he was able to swim on his own(LOL). Then the 2nd one had a rough ride with getting the mess beat out of him for a while. After a few weeks the bigger one stopped then invited him to his anemone. Now you can't separate them.
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