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Old 01/08/2008, 10:01 PM
monti1 monti1 is offline
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Tank raised clowns

Anyone out there have any luck getting tank raised clowns to host an anenome? I have2 tank raised and a nice gbta and would love to see it happen. Any tips?

Old 01/08/2008, 11:49 PM
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Mine finally hosted in a toadstool since I dont have a anenome but I think you just have to get one and see if they want to host in it. That is the only way to find out. Mine was tank raised as well plus i just got another to try and pair them and they are both in the toadstool now so I think I have paired successfully, I don't know for sure I have that question posted in the clownfish forum
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Old 01/09/2008, 12:36 AM
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my TR GSMs hosted in about 5:10. the first five minutes in the tank they hid behind a rock and looked at me. at 5:09 she looked at the bta. at 5:10 she was in it.

well, not really that fast, but they were there in less than 24 hours.

i really have heard good things about taping a pic of clowns hosting to the tank (pic facing in...!).
Old 01/09/2008, 10:20 AM
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Just give them time. They'll usually find something to host in.

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Old 01/09/2008, 04:50 PM
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Here's my pair of tank-raised clowns in their GBTA. In fact, they're so happy that well you can see what they did.

I agree with Wolverine, sometimes it just takes a while for them to figure it out. For one thing depending on the type of clownfish, there's a good chance that a Bubble tip Anemone isn't their natural choice. My first pair of clownfish (also false perculas) completely ignored my GBTA for many months but jumped into a Heteractus Magnifica while I was still placing it in the tank. That suprised me since they were tank-raised as well so presumably would have never seen an anemone of any kind.

If you're anemone is quite small you could try feeding it so it grows a bit. I've noticed my clowns were more interested once the anemone was large enough to offer decent protection.
Old 01/09/2008, 05:01 PM
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Even wild pers/ocs don't host all that quickly sometimes. I had a pair of CB maroons host into a rose as I was taking it out of the bag - they were in the 'nem before it was out of my hand.
Old 01/09/2008, 08:33 PM
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well I guess I will wait it out and hope for the best. Thanks guys
Old 01/09/2008, 09:04 PM
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they will go in it eventually but it will probably take a long time, annoying hey.
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Old 01/10/2008, 12:08 PM
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i know this might sound crazy, it worked for me though. Find a picture of clowns in an anemone, as similar to your pair/anemone and tape it to the side of the tank where the clowns will see it. I heard this idea from a friend and thought he was just messing with me. The next day i tried it and when i got home 2 hours later they were hosting and haven't left since.
Old 01/10/2008, 12:53 PM
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My tank raised ocellaris haven't taken to my RBTA. I'm approaching the 1 month mark. I have two ocellaris, both about 1.5-2" long and an RBTA about 7-8" in diameter.
Old 01/10/2008, 04:13 PM
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My tank raised purc dove into the bta right away. But my tank rasied ocellaris...well she will host it with him from time to time, but loves the brain coral, lol. It took her months before she would get close to the bta. So I guess it just depends on the fish. Ive seen that true percs, maroons, and the tomato type clowns host easier than the ocelleris ones for some reson.
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