Clown Fish

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  1. Goby

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    looking to get some clowns for my tank. the thing is ek soek nie die ordinary ocellaris clowns nie. laat my te veel aan nemo dink :p. i have been looking at the tomato clown (and u may think wow if that's extraordinary) but at least its a bit different than nemo.

    Now i have read up on the clown and everywhere they say " like any other clown it is best kept singly unless a pair is introduced together. It may attack other clownfishes and nip at passive tank-mates who wonder near its host anemone or territory.

    My question, will it be save to introduce 2 tomato's at the same time? or will they fight till death? this will be the only clowns i'll ever keep
     
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    You can buy a clown now, and another later (keep to small ones), or add them together. The one will bully the other, but that is fine. It is supposed to happen.

    and yes.
    Clowns are funny.
     
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    what if the one clown is about double the size as the other one?
     
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    Then rule of thumb (Not guarenteed), the bigger one is a female, and the smaller one may be male or un-sexed.
    Or.
    The bigger one and teh smaller one are both un-sexed, and most likely, the bigger one will bully the smaller one and become teh female.

    The problem is with two big ones.. They MAY both be female.
    Two small ones: One will become dominant and become a female and teh other will be smaller and become the male.
    One Big and one small: The big one may already be a female, so she will bully the other and teh other will become a male, or, it is a big male and in time, the smaller one will probably be un-sexed and become the female...
    Chances of having one that is twice the size of a sell-able sized other and both being male is very slim in my humble opinion.
     
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    Great!!, thanks for your input FDB.
     
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    Yes, the real problem comes if you have two large, adult fish. Then there is a possibility that they are both female. Clownfish are all born male, and can only make a gender change to female.
     
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    ps: IMHO it is best to introduce them both at the same time. Second best would be to introduce the smaller one first. Then the smaller one doesnt have to contend with the stress of a bully fish that is well acquainted with its environment..
     
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    "Clownfish are all born male, and can only make a gender change to female."
    huh?
    You sure?
    I thought they are born a-sexual and then become either male or female..
     
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    @FDB - Yes, I'm pretty sure clownfish are protandrous, sequential hermaphrodites.
    Protandrous means they are all born male, and sequential hermaphroditism means its a one way change :p
     
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    To confirm what was mentioned earlier, If a pair of young males is introduced together, after time & development into adulthood the most dominant & thus usually the larger of the two will become the female.
     

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