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What a pain, My black ice snowflake clowns in my frag tank have started fighting. they have been in the tank for 13 months and i have noticed the smaller clown get bigger. he is now nearly the size of the female and has started attacking her. (i think she is female maybe they're both still juvenile) she has a few nips out of a couple of her fins. I'm not sure whether to put a divider in and feed the female more than the male so she can stock up a bit and become the bigger of the 2. Or maybe to leave them to fight it out. (he isn't going crazy yet) That or final option is to get rid of one. (they're both amazing and at £200 for the pair don't really want to lose either of them.)


Im going to move the rock structure about in the morning to completely change their habitat in the hope they stat to establish together again.

can't believe it they have always got on so well !!! I'm proper annoyed and really don't want one of them 2 die (especially the one getting attacked as the colours on her are AMAZING !!)

any thoughts ?

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Reply #1

A couple you've not mentioned I can think of:
Breeder net, so they can see each other, but can't attack.
Drop one in your other tank for a bit, and move it back in a few days.


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Egg crate divider or gutter mesh divider, this will only keep them appart, the size thing is a lil worrying though, i don't know how you'd make one grow faster than the other.
You could keep the dividers in until one is bigger.
I should really sort this out!!

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Ok i have made a clear acrylic divider. the clowns are now separated. I plan to put higher flow and feeding for the one which was bigger and will feed the other less. Hopefully this will allow the "female" to get stronger and reinstate her place. Will take the divider out in a few days and let them spend a bit of time together. If they start fighting will keep an eye and as soon as it starts getting out of hand ill split them up. I'll repeat this process until either they start getting on or i need to get rid of one and buy a smaller one. trouble is they cost me £200 for the pair and i will do well to get a small one that good and get much financial gain on one clown fish. so is not going to be cheap to do. either way the female one is my favourite as she has the nicest colours so needs must !!

Bloody fish !!!

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Has this worked out? or did you have to buy another?
I should really sort this out!!

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I still have them both and they're doing fine. And both happy in the same tank....

Sadly there is a Perspex divide in the middle with holes in to keep them apart. Every time I try introduce them together they go for each other like crazy. I need to get another tank and buy 2 smaller ones... Don't think I will be allowed. So may need to rid one and buy a smaller :(

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The alternative is to find another pair which you really like and chop yours in against them?
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #7

nah, im not getting rid of the female. I'm too attached. I'll get some photos of her tomorrow, Really lovely colour. I'll grab some pics of them for you guys to see, Can;t believe i paid £200 for them. :(

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well. it has been a very long process. of splitting up and putting together again. Over feeding the female so she is bigger etc. and i am happy to say..... They're getting on again and back together with no divide. :)

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got to love my babies. such lovely colours :)

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That's great news!  Well done you.
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they're cracking, great news on the reunion
I should really sort this out!!

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Thanks chaps :). They're still happy swimming together. You have no idea how delighted I am. Missus nearly made me bin the second tank. She is now looking at new homes for them in the front room :) I'm well happy!!!

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