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mollies 08-02-2009 10:42 PM

clown fish breeding?
Could you put more then one orange clown in a 40 gallon? I want to try and breed them. How do you sex them? Any help would be nice.

onefish2fish 08-02-2009 10:58 PM

orange clown isnt very specific as more then 1 clown can go into a 40 gallon but of the same species. its prob. best to get 2 small clowns and have them form a pair. the one thats more dominant will become the female.

mollies 08-03-2009 11:42 AM

So there is no male or female? I have the nemo clown. dont know specific name. I want to rais them. For my own personal use. Would they fight if I put another one in my tank? How long dos it take them to breed?

onefish2fish 08-03-2009 01:09 PM

your going to want to find out if you have a percula or ocellaris clown. BOTH can look exactly like nemo and you want to accurately identify which you have or else the fish def. wont breed and are almost guarenteed to fight/kill eachother.
the ultimate best bet would to be to just buy an actual breeding pair from the start and sell/trade in the fish you have now. be careful if your doing this as people sell these fish as "PAIRS" and as "BREEDING PAIRS" as it isnt hard to get 2 of these fish to pair up but can take some time to get them to breed while paired up. If looking to buy a breeding pair of clowns, ask to see their eggs as proof of them being in breeding condition.
If you buy two small clowns of the same breed then eventually the larger, more dominant clown will transform into a female. Your then going to have to wait until your clowns grow and sexually mature. Your going to want to offer a very large mixture of foods and live foods from time to time.
Usually clowns will breed on their own in tanks but the other fish usually eat all the babies or they get sucked into powerheads and skimmers. For this reason if you want a max yield, setting up a fry tank may be best with a sponge filter.

mollies 08-03-2009 02:38 PM

it is a percula. i researched them and found that they are the better ones to breed. They usualy have up to 60 fry.

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