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Seeing clownfish darting among the tentacled folds of an anemone is like watching They have to make contact to get this chemical process going. Clownfish and Sea Anemone Relationship Clownfish may venture away from the anemone to feed on zooplankton but when threatened they quickly return to the safety of. The giant Tridacna clam with wavy lips is the largest living shellfish and is the most of colors because of the symbiotic relationship with protozoa living on the lips. Clownfish live inside the sea anemone's tentacles for protection, and in return, my eyes picked up a fast moving shark that left me fixated and hypnotized. The clowns have started to hover over the sand piles and then rapidly move there . Clownfish behavior 11/14/06 Bob, Just a quick question about my a bit more aggressively to include some scarring around each of their mouths. .. in hopes that the two clowns would form some type of friendly relationship.
I found a posting on your site that discussed this but my goal is different. I want the fish OUT of my tank. Without tearing the entire tank apart, do you have a good solution to catching the clown? Thanks for your help. Have you read about the dismal survival rate of flowerpots in captivity?
Exceedingly few last more than a few months, even without a fish tearing them up. Even with the clown gone, your flowerpot is unlikely to survive. Do read up on how to maximize its chances.
As for getting the clown out, the tear-down is sometimes the only thing that works. There are fish traps commercial or jury-rigged that sometimes work. Good luck, Steve Allen. I have a terrible cold so bear with me if I sound a tad off. Recently they have both stationed themselves on the bottom of the tank right in the front. They just lay there in the sand with little movement.
They leave that area when the lights go out, only to return in the morning. The larger clown will leave his spot to feed. The smaller one is a little more reluctant. They both return to their spots in the sand after feeding. They both seem to look around their sand spots very closely.
I don't see anything there. I haven't introduce any new fish in quite some time. They all seemed to get along very well. All the water parameters are fine.
All the other fish look and act very healthy. There are great discussions on this site about clownfish breeding and an ongoing discussion by a person who is breeding clownfish on www.
I can't seem to identify them. One good way to guess is price At the store they were swimming together, and they continued to do so for a few days. After this point they began to fight. One will become dominant, grow larger and developed female reproductive organs.
The other will remain submissive, smaller and will remain male. The only other things in with them are two skunk cleaner shrimp, two turbo snails, and a pulsing xenia.
The fish look very healthy and there color is great. I am worried about the stress that the fish that is being chased is suffering. Please inform me what your suggestion is. Enjoy the process for how amazing it is! In a couple of weeks, all will be settled. I actually received two responses on my letter! Switching brands of food or trying tempting treats like frozen Mysis often help too.
Hopefully this is a good sign. The Wilkerson book is one of my favorites. It is easy to read, but packed with practical info. Did you mean the mystery crabs both of which were under the size of a quarter when I last saw them This still remains true 4 or 5 months in my tank It is possible that one or both of the mystery crabs ate my firefish about 9 months ago, as it disappeared without a trace actually, so did a peppermint shrimp but it is also possible that my anemone got them Should I be overly concerned about any of these crabs?
Perhaps I should try to catch them, if they're still alive. Their usefulness really doesn't outweigh their risks. I have seen crabs tear apart corals and anemone for food, and they are quite capable of killing fish, especially at night.
In the case of your firefish and shrimp, I would guess jumping and anemone food to be the most likely scenarios. They nestle down into a hole in a rock or crevice and wait for food to come to them. As long as you see that it is alive, there is nothing to worry about.
If it isn't getting enough food, it will move to a new spot. If you are really worried, you could target feed it small morsels of food to be sure that it is getting enough. I introduced two clarkii clowns to my 10 gallon tank one week ago. One is about 2 inches and the other about one 1. About two days ago the larger one stopped eating and hides away a lot.
Any ideas of what this behaviour could be caused by? This sounds like a very common sick clown. The best advise I can give is to quarantine if you can, and try offering live foods. Thanks for the help. For three days everything has been great and the three fish have interacted well together. Today however we noticed that the clown is sitting head ground on the sand and while he is not gasping he is breathing rapidly.
When stirred he will move away, swimming normallybut immediately returns to the exact spot. Our water salinity was at 1. All of our other chemical test show things to be normal.
Are we losing him????? Sounds like what happens so often with clowns. I think they just ship and acclimate poorly. I don't think I can offer much advice other than to provide healthy and live foods and hope for the best. I have an empty 20g tank that sits in the garage. Will total darkness for extended amounts of time weeks cause fish to go psycho?
Just about any light will do just fine for a QT. This is a very cheap way to go about getting light for the QT. I was up at last night, whipped out my Everyone was "asleep" except for the two clowns Do they ever "sleep"? They do not have eyelids, and they do not loose consciousness during the night due to sleep.
They will always be on a constant alert, but they will rest -- they will often lay in the anemone for a few seconds, or swim around it very slowly. I have a Royalus grammiticus my version of scientific naming Your faq says not to add another He's the coolest fist in the tank - along with the duskimus jawfishicus.
I have a g, 6 feet long - isn't that enough room for them to roam? I mean, c'mon - can't we all just get along? If you did, you would need to add them at the same time.
Because your tank is so long, however, it may be possible. If you did decide to get another, I would first re arrange your rockwork so that both will establish their territory again. This is likely to reduce any aggression. I would also turn the lights completely off when adding the fish.
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But as I said above, this is extremely risky. You may end up loosing the newly added fish due to aggression.
And as you likely already know, the Royal Gramma is a very aggressive fish. SO then I decide to not add any more clownfish. But then 1 day my dad brought home this huge 3. The slightly bigger small perc.
So I thought this was the end for my brave dominant small perc. Isn't all of this soooo strange?!!! DO you have any idea what this was? I know it was not ich. Fish are fish, each with their own personality which is why we keep them. The make friends and enemies just like we do. Hello, I have several marine tanks at home, all doing very well. At work, however, is another story.
We have a 12 gallon TropQuarium We also discovered a 16 inch maybe longer blue bristleworm. I'm concerned that the bristleworm who is very popular here might keep the clownfish from exploring. Should we get our fish another clownfish? Do they get lonely by themselves? I think some green Chromis may be a good start for now since you've had some other fish die. But yes, I think it pairs it will do well. I have a 75 gal bow front tank that has been established now for over 3 years.
Residing in the tank are a percula clown, maroon clown, coral beauty angel, a Pseudochromis and a black algae blenny. I also have several emerald Mithrax crabs, a boxer shrimp and an assortment of mushrooms. I recently added an anemone the pink tipped variety for the clowns.
The percula wants nothing to do with it; however, the maroon has done nothing but push this poor anemone around flipping upside down and dragging it around all day.
I have had the anemone now for 2 days and have resorted to building a make shift cage out of PVC grid in order to keep the clown away. Since adding the "cage" over the anemone the clown has done nothing but try to get at this thing. The fish in the tank are all well behaved and get along really well with each other.
I did notice that after adding the anemone to the tank "Norman" the maroon's fins appeared slightly shredded. Still he persists relentlessly after this anemone. What's a girl to do?? I know Maroon clowns have a nasty reputation but has not exhibited any except towards this anemone I spent a pretty penny on. I would like to take this cage out of the tank but am afraid of what Norman will do. Is this normal behavior?
I have read tons of articles and have not come across any of these behavior problems with host anemone and clowns before. When you say "pink tipped variety", this doesn't give me enough info to be of much help unfortunately. There are pink tipped Sebae anemones, which are difficult to care for, not favored by maroons, and not an appropriate choice for your tank.
Then there are pink tipped E. For the moment, given the description, and the behavior of the clown, I'm going to assume it's a Sebae, and advise you to return it to the store. Frankly, I can't imagine the maroon behaving this way towards a healthy bubble tip, but can't rule out some kind of strange anomalous behavior in that regard either.
Sometimes fish just do weird things. I would be willing to bet though that if you purchase a rose Bubbletip anemone assuming you have enough lightor the green variety, you will cease to have problems with your clown. As for me, I think I need an aggression counselor for my maroon clown fish! I have a gold-striped maroon clown pair and the female has become overly aggressive with my corals. She has nipped several polyps out of my Alveopora and she has destroyed a few hairy mushrooms.
She does not appear to be interested in eating corals; she just likes to rip the polyps out and spit them on the sand. I would almost say she appears angry as she watches the coral for a second, then quickly takes a firm bite out of it. Could it be that the female clown is angry that she does not have an anemone? What are your thoughts? My clown fish is doing well. The only behaviour I seem to be worried about is that he tends to like stay next to the glass and swim up and down the corners of the aquarium.
A very typical Clownfish behavior, actually! As long as he is eating, chances are there is little to worry about. Its like he wants to get out. If your tank can support another couple of clownfish, I'd give him some buddies and watch his behavior change! I had heard that the male clown fish can turn into the female to take care of the baby fish, is this true? Here again, sex change is socially controlled.
A male changes into a female only when his female partner is removed and he is joined by a smaller fish. This is called protandrous hermaphroditism. It is so full of information. I really appreciate it. I have a question about my Clarkii clowns. We have a 55 gal. The clarkii's were added together 3 weeks ago one is significantly larger than the other but both are under 2 inches to the tank with 2 thriving pacific cleaner shrimp, Yellow Tang, Kole Tang, 2 damsels, feather duster and a couple other small inverts.
And, although your question doesn't address this at all, I also hope that you have plans to move the tangs at least to a larger system in the near future assuming they're thriving and growing well.
I am not familiar with the common name "Kole" tang, either, I'll suggest you search Surgeonfishes and tangs at fishbase. Recently the larger one began to go behind and under a niche in back of the live rock near the coral bottom. Is this "burrowing" behind the rock an indication that something is wrong? You make no mention of hosting clowns have been known to host just about anything, not just anemonesbut this does sound like hosting, with the smaller male of the two playing lookout.
I don't believe they're ready to breed just yet, but it would be the next logical step. Watch closely their interaction with the damsels, the most closely related animals, also the ones most likely to have tiffs with the clowns regarding whose flat is whose.
When they start harassing the damsels is when you'll know for sure. If it gets really bad you may have to remove the other fish to a larger system, my recommendationleaving the 55 to the clowns, or you'll have to move the clowns. Your system will soon be rather crowded once those clowns begin to really grow.
Their intolerance is legendary, watch your arm-hairs! Your insight would be appreciated!!! It doesn't sound like illness at all, just fish doing the best they can in a system that's a bit snug for everyone. Just watch closely, I think you'll know if or when it's time to make a change. And yes, this does come under the umbrella of normal behavior. I was kinda suspicious BUT I have seen the submission dance, both of them actually, I've seen the quiver and the one where the male ducks to side and kissed the females cheek spines.
I know that 2 females are notorious for locking jaws and I have yet to see this happen. Very likely they are still either sexually undifferentiated if under two inches in overall length IF the system is large enough Much more to state Atlantic Anemones are not a good choice to house with Premnas The big one lunges at the little one and the little one turns on its side and twitches.
They don't beat each other up and are always swimming near each other. I was just wondering why they have been doing this. It sounded like breeding behavior but I am not sure. If it is, Is there anything I can do to help them out. They have been in quarantine for about month. I have a 20 gallon tank I have had for awhile, should I set that up or should I leave them in the quarantine?
Will moving them disturb them? What you are witnessing is the female larger one asserting her place of dominance over the male. The twitching is the male acknowledging her position. Hi, I have 2 clownfish and have noticed they have behaving weird.
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Also you might check out http: The WetWebMedia web site has two faq's on breeding clowns, http: I have had my 30g tank established for about 3 mos. I bought post tank cycle a pair of true perculas locally.4.5yrs of success! How we did it for the BRS Clownfish Harem tank. - BRStv Tank Trials
They were always together, slept together, swam together, so I am assuming they were a pair. Soon after their move to my tank I, regretfully, rushed out to get the Percs an anemone. Which, btw, the flash light at night trick worked for them. They had a home and she ruled it with an iron fist.
After some time and without the appropriate conditions, their anemone died. I tried a plastic one, but I could not stand the sight of it, plus it was hard and it didn't seem the same. Now, they do not have anything to "host. They may have switched. Just like Nicky Hilton's marriage, fish relationships don't always last. Before putting it back in, re-arrange the LR. Pairing is going to be more likely if the fish added second is significantly larger than the first, so that dominance is not subject to question by the smaller one.
This may require returning one in trade for a bigger one. My apologies for such a long email. I hope I have not messed up my fishes minds.
I have had this tank for 8 months. I have one firefish which has done great for 6 months. Two weeks ago I add two false clowns. They were doing great until three days ago. The male seemed to be attracted to some green algae at the bottom of the tank, rubbing all over it, chasing the female away.
Well, three days ago he was swimming head down tail up! He still eats but never swims any where else around the tank. He has also gotten to where he will lie down on his side without moving his fins the only way to tell if he is still alive is by his gills moving. Now the firefish is staying over with him and doesn't seem to eat much. Before then the firefish had made a home in a cave in the live rock. The female clown is still doing great!
Water parameters are all great, no other signs of disease! I'm not sure there's much you can "do" besides make certain the water quality stays tip top at this point. It is very possible this fish has some internal issues that will either work out or not. Do look for other signs, but as long as it eats there is some hope.
I just bought a pair of Percula clowns. After acclimating them for about an hour with occasional additions of tank water to the floating bag etc.
Then, I attempted to do a "fresh water dip" I prepared dechlorinated water with about the same pH and temperature 8. Upon being introduced to the water, the fish curled up and sunk to the bottom. Later I found another page that says the fishes reaction to the dip was normal.
You should see the way a Centropyge Angel or wrasse responds to this kind of process! It can really unnerve you, but most fishes will pull through fine. In fact, in about some-odd years of freshwater dipping, I can categorically state that I've never lost a single fish to the process.
I hope that you placed the fish in your quarantine tank after the dip? Do embrace the quarantine technique if you haven't already. Now one of them is swimming very strangely. He is always leaning to the side a little and flailing around quite a lot for the amount of forward propulsion he gets.
Also, his tail is always higher than his head. It really, really seems like something is wrong. The other one seems fine and is snacking on algae. However, Clownfishes have a rather unusual swimming technique. They are not great swimmers, but they don't need to be, either! As long as the fish is breathing normally, eating, and otherwise appears disease free, I wouldn't be too concerned here.
Should I be worried? Did I damage him somehow in the dip or is this just another one of those crazy clown behaviors I hear about. Size 55 gal Age 6 weeks clowns are first post cycling fish Inhabitants: If it encounters any difficulties, feel free to contact us again!
It is a bottomless pit of information that I couldn't not live without, kudos to you and the rest of the staff for the outstanding service you provide to the public. By the way, that not the most fun way to lose a pet.
It's like watching someone older deteriorate in front of you.
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But, for the 19 months I had the Octopus he was the most engaging aquatic life I've owner, bar none. I too, have fallen for the hobby, head over heels, starting with one tank 3 years ago and now have five over 29gal. And with the passing of this Octo I was left with a species tank open. Being a species tank, and having a fairly small bioload, the water was immaculate 8. There was already 2 starfish in there Chocolate and Atlantic Serpent I watched the water for about 2 weeks after introduction of the new occupants to make sure there wasn't any drastic change in the water quality or a mini-cycle.
Confident everything was OK, I added 2 Skunk Clowns, not a pair, but just two random ones, one significantly larger than the other hoping for an eventually pairing.
Which I know is a crap shoot. From their introduction acclimated via drip over hour and a half the clowns huddled in a top corner against a powerhead.
I never say them leave that corner, only huddling up there almost parallel to the water line on there sides. No real rapid breathing or any markings on them, just not eating and seemingly stressed. I checked the water, all parameters in line, same as above. A week later I went and purchased another set of Skunk Clowns, this time a mated pair. They took up the same characteristic huddling again the powerhead in the top back corner, but at least they have been alive a week and are eating, but still refuse to come down.
Otherwise I don't know why clowns do that, but trying Calfo's flashlight trick may help. He shines a flashlight onto the anemone for about an hour in the middle of the night. The clowns get use to just seeing it and eventually take home in it. He has shown no aggression towards them, though I realize they are timid clowns by nature. The lobster digs all day and night, but doesn't seem to bother anyone, including the cleaner shrimp.
I decided to find a dither fish to maybe help break the ice. I intended to get a Coral Beauty, so there would be a 3rd fish in there to help calm them down. But, impulse took over and I left with the Potter's Angel in the cube next to the Coral Beauty at the store. Once I got home and look on here I realized how fragile they were in comparison to the other Angels I've owned.
He immediately headed for the cave the lobster dug and got chased out by a snapping lobster, though half-heartedly. He continued to flutter in front of the cave instead of in the open water or by the clowns for the next 4 hours.
I left the lights on overnight as a precaution. The second night last night I decided to turn the lights off and just go with moon lights. I woke up this morning and the Potter could not be found. He turned up sleeping with the lobster in his cave!? The sea anemone protects the anemonefish from predators, as well as providing food through the scraps left from the anemone's meals and occasional dead anemone tentacles, and functions as a safe nest site. In return, the anemonefish defends the anemone from its predators and parasites.
Aeration of the host anemone tentacles allows for benefits to the metabolism of both partners, mainly by increasing anemone body size and both anemonefish and anemone respiration. The mucus coating of the fish may be based on sugars rather than proteins.
This would mean that anemones fail to recognize the fish as a potential food source and do not fire their nematocystsor sting organelles. The coevolution of certain species of anemonefish with specific anemone host species may have allowed the fish to evolve an immunity to the nematocysts and toxins of their hosts. Amphiprion percula may develop resistance to the toxin from Heteractis magnificabut it is not totally protected, since it was shown experimentally to die when its skin, devoid of mucus, was exposed to the nematocysts of its host.
The largest and most aggressive female is found at the top. Only two anemonefish, a male and a female, in a group reproduce — through external fertilization. Anemonefish are sequential hermaphroditesmeaning they develop into males first, and when they mature, they become females. If the female anemonefish is removed from the group, such as by death, one of the largest and most dominant males becomes a female.
The remaining males move up a rank in the hierarchy. Anemonefish lay eggs on any flat surface close to their host anemones. In the wild, anemonefish spawn around the time of the full moon. Depending on the species, they can lay hundreds or thousands of eggs. The male parent guards the eggs until they hatch about 6—10 days later, typically two hours after dusk.
Anemonefish colonies usually consist of the reproductive male and female and a few juveniles, which help tend the colony. However, if the largest female dies, the social hierarchy shifts with the breeding male exhibiting protandrous sex reversal to become the breeding female.
The largest juvenile then becomes the new breeding male after a period of rapid growth. This strategy prevents conflict by reducing competition between the males for one female. For example, by purposefully modifying their growth rate to remain small and submissive, the juveniles in a colony present no threat to the fitness of the adult male, thereby protecting themselves from being evicted by the dominant fish.
Rates of spawning for anemonefish peak around the first and third quarters of the moon.