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Old 12-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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I already have a pair, one is large about 2in the other is tiny like 1in... both are normal clowns, but I was wanting another pair or a trio, with a designer morph (black or naked) anyone know if this is possible? Ive gone scuba diving and seen groups of 10-20 perculas and false percs (occelaris) clustering around anemones and other reef structures and I was wondering if this is possible in a tank, especially a 40g, my water is darn near perfect, only thing are the phosphates are sometimes in the .5 range, and my calcium ranges from 300-400. everything else thats bad is 0, ph 8.5, specific gravity 1.023. other fish, a fairy wrasse, and a watchman goby.
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to clarify I don't want 10 or 30 clowns only one more or two...
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Not advisable. You can't compare what works in the wide open sea to a small confined space like a 40 gallon tank. Only 1 pair of clownfish to a tank.
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Thanks for the input, anyone else want to chime in? Kinda random but how do the lfs do it? They keep like 15 clowns in like a 20g how's that work? Just wondering
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:04 AM   #5
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The reason LFS have 15 clowns in such a small tank is because they are selling them. Multiple clowns is still not advisable. I can guarantee TOS will agree with my statement that more than 1 pair of clowns in a 40 gallon tank is not recommended.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #6
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if its because they fight as to why you dont put more than 2 together normally the put loads together then there is far too many to fight with so they dont bother, but wont work in a community tank as they will end up stressed and fight more as they get older.
thats my thoughts... could be wrong
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You'd be surprised at the aggression these guys can have for one another, even when there are 20-30 clowns in the tank, as one matures and starts to become dominate it can single out and take down submissive ones in a few minutes.
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saying that, I have seen clown trios and four lots that get along fine in a little harem, BUT those fish are added at the same time the tank is generally 100+ gallons and is the exception not the rule.
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Yeah - let's not forget they can bite and bite hard enough to draw blood if you're not careful near their host anemone/coral. Don't let the cute Nemo fool you....
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