Anemones for Clownfish

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So i'm a beginner, and i'm planning on having a fish only tank as i'm not bothered on keeping corals. I'm keen on getting clownfish, and despite my fish only system, i'd like an anemone for these clowns. Is this a safe decision? As i believe the clownfish will likely defend any threats posed to the anemone and keep it safe, but i need advice as to whether this is wise.

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Reply #1

Hi, welcome to ReefBase.

Anemones are very delicate animals, and a tank that doesn't keep corals is likely going to be one that's not up to keeping an anemone.

They need perfect conditions and very powerful lighting and those aren't things you'd typically expect in a fish only system.
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Welcome to the forum.


Clownfish do not need a nem to host ,they will host a great many soft and LPS corals happily.


By introduceing a Nem you no longer have a fish only system so have to keep salinity and other values the same as you would in a reef tank.


A Nem does not need anything to defend it ,only a few fish have the mucus that protects them from its stinging cells.


One other thought is that once a Nem is removed from the wild, the Clowns Damsels etc that had thier home there are now homeless and defenceless. It is thought that Nems are basicaly immortal . Many species on sale are very hard to keep in captivity even by experts. You can purchase tank split bubble tips which is imo a moraly better choice.


They are not an invert for a newly set up tank ,if not happy they will wander round the tank till they find a PH to sacrifice themselves on .


You dont mention what size tank or method you are going to use or the lighting.
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Reply #3

Yes they will host other corals mine hosted my LPS hammer coral and Gonipora however they can be rough with corals and ripped a Gonipora and wall hammer to shreds my tank now has no clownfish in it.

As said a mature and we'll balanced system is needed for one or you will find it soon declines

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Reply #4

I'm told clowns will be hosted by some toadstools, that might be a better choice? They seem basically bulletproof from what I gather.

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BTW there is no guarantee they will be hosted by an anemone (or anything else). Mine has made a powerhead his home despite there being various hammers etc he could use.

Edit: bulletproof compared to nems & LPS corals. They still need reef salinity, decent light etc!
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Reply #5

if it looks fluffy, a clown will try and it call it home. Mine seem to enjoy hovering about the plate's and one dives in and out the zoas! someone i know has one that loves his palys. So much so, that she will go for anything that gets close to them!

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If you go with a host anemone make  sure your SG is right.  I had success with bubble tip anemone under  T5s and Haddon 's carpet anemone under metal halide lighting as well as a magnificent  sea anemone.  All were hosted by maroon clowns.   The common clowns I tried  would not host the anemones but preference soft corals.  Word of warning the Haddon 's carpets did eat some of my fish.  (small rabid fish and a small regal tang ).   Place them where you want them but they will move if not happy.

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Tee hee....guessed that. Good advice Andy .
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Also, if you do buy a nem, cover up your powerheads!


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