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Hi

Just wondering if anyone could help.

After my family nagging to me they want clown fish with anemone  in the tank I decided to give in. What I struggle with is what are the best candidates.
It has to be oceallaris or percula.

Which one is better suited for anemone?

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Reply #1

the best clown to host a nem seem to be clarki's. Percula etc will host in time. (some take ages) my personal experience my clowns took 3/4 months to host. they wont leave it now. I would say go for a good size bubble tip as they are the easier nem and won't grow too massive. i just bought a rose BTA for my frag tank which has a very young pair of black ice snowflakes. Hopefully they will host the nem in time.

on another note don't try to force it. i've heard of people having their clowns killed by trying to force them and a nem to get on. ultimately the clowns need to want to host the nem and the nem wants them to host it. Easiest way is to buy a nem which has clowns already hosting it.

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Reply #2

Yeah Clarkii clownfish are pretty much guaranteed to host pretty much anything.

If you buy either percula or ocellaris, they'll be tank bred, and won't show much interest. You might be able to get them to go in the anemone in time, but it's not guaranteed. I've got two big bubble tips, and had two large H.Magnifica anemones and while my Clarkiis dived in straight away, my two ocellaris haven't so much as sniffed an anemone.

You're best buying a clown / anemone "package". Look for someone selling two clowns with their anemone they already host.

There's a chart of which clowns are most likely to host which anemones.

http://www.fishlore.com/clownfishanemonechart.htm

As you see, little A.Clarkii buggers host every anemone, but some clowns are fussier.

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Yeah I know clarkii are the best unfortunately I can't convince my girlfriend and her mum. Fussy bitches lol.

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Yeah I know clarkii are the best unfortunately I can't convince my girlfriend and her mum. Fussy bitches lol.

Tell them you're compromising having the clowns (and paying for something you don't really want!), the least they could do is let you choose the breed.
P.s I'm not responsible for the fall out of the conversation should you have it! Lol.
I might be back....

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Ha ha

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Clowns will get there in the end. There instinct will soon set in. I was gutted when my clowns wouldn't host. Then over night they wouldn't leave it alone. My BTA is huge though so hard for my clowns to miss it !!

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Reply #7

I had clowns before and they took about 2 months to get into my BTA. I was just wondering if there are species that do it better so to speak. I'll have a look at that clarkii.

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