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  1. cizanie

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    how many clownfish can be kept together?
     
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    That depends on your tank size, and whether the clowns pair off or not.
    Generally it is only 1 clown pair per tank, but I do know of systems that have more pairs, But then they are kept in bigger systems with plenty of space.
    There should be enough hiding places and plenty of swimming space so that single clowns do not invade the other's territories.
     
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    Also bear in mind, that clowns are part of the damsel family, so you should be careful of adding other damsels to your system as they "can" be very territorial and aggressive towards other damsels and even other species.
     
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    i've got a 500L tank and i saw the clown only tank at 2oceans aquarium in ct and loved it. don't know if you have seen it, there are well over a 100.
     
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    I would not keep more than 2 pairs. Provided that they have enough swimming space and hiding places. But that is my personal opinion, others may differ.

    And no, I have not yet been to the 2Oceans :(
     
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    amazing clown tank, you go in and stand up in the middle.
    I would imagine species specific, from small will work.
    But generally 1 pair per tank, so not sure how 2Oceans have succeeded.

    IMG_0193.jpg
     
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    I agree @red pepper, the only way I can think is that they change them often
     
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    Two oceans succeed cause of the sheer number. If you spend some time at the tank and watch, you will notice fighting. There just so many that the bullying gets shared and no one gets singled out.
     
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    If ime corect there is also no corals to host in and therefor no "home" to defend.
     
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    nice pic, thats the one, i loved it. yes your right there are no corals. theres a sign which said that they are using the "dome" that you climb into as theit host. they are lying on it and som get confused and uses the sandbed for it. they are so cute
     
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    We have 167 clowns in the 'nemo exhibit'. Theyre all tank bred and behave strangely because they believe the actual tank is an anemone.

    Occellaris clownfish are pretty much peaceful and you can keep several together, more aggressive clowns like tomato or maroons are sometimes pure evil, i remember when i started out, I had a tomato clown and introduced a little tiny baby occellaris. The tomato bit its head off, i shit you not.

    If you have an anemone, a pair will dominate it and defend it with their lives. If they pair is occellaris and you introduce more baby occelaris, the babies will hover somewhere and watch the pair in the nennie waiting for their turn :) This is what happened to me anyways.
     
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    thanks for the info deadmeat2016
     
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    Depends on the species.
    In my 750L I got one pair of Ocealaris and one pair Clarkii
    Although the Clarkii is a lot bigger than the Ocealaris, they leave each other alone. The Ocealaris stick to one spot in the tank around a pincushion, where the Clarkii ventures everywhere, but they do have their favourite Sinularia at the other side of the tank.
     
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    The only limitations to how many clowns you can have is enough biological activity to take care of their waste, no less then say 5 to 8 or there will be infighting. You see when there are so many, no one can focus on any one individual.
    Just make sure your aquarium can handle the waste and the feeding needed for that many clowns. Also try to establish your bio community to the strength need for that many fish before hand remotely and put at least 6 to 10 in all at once, they will accept each other that way as they can’t focus on just one.
    I have done it with percs and latezonatus,it works fine, just make sure the aquarium can handle the load in every aspect!
    For this sort of thing I always set up a remote plastic tub off my sump and run 20 or so hardy fish in it and take out one as I add one to the display aquarium, until all the strong cycling speices are out from the plastic tub and all clowns are in the display aquarium.
    Also either have no anemones or no less then three.
    Oh and I have done it with these all together aswell,3 latezonatus,1 clarkii,4 ocelaris,2 perc,1 skunk,1 akindynos,2 Melanopus and two more, but I forget their latin names, it was all good.
     
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    fantastic, i was thinking of getting 10 clowns.
     
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    Think tank size would also be a serious limitation. Clowns are territorial and each one requires a certain amount of space to call home.

    Highly doubt ten will work in that size tank.
     
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    how much water does that clownfish tank at 2oceans take?
     
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    The tank size will ad to the potential stress, a little for sure, so that’s one of many reasons why the biological side of things has to be spot on or the stress will kill them.
    It is something that can be done, but if not done right, the stress will adversely affect them.
    One thing if you just want them and them alone once you have a stable biological set up, run a copper chloride treatment at low levels always as a fish only aquarium and there is far less chance of deaths.
    Great bio combined with a skimmer, high oxygen levels and continual low treatment levels ready to raise if parasites appear,will work well for fish only.
    There are many ways to do it, but none will work with out stable-substantial bio communities in play.
     
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    ummm.....alot lol but we have a constant inflow of clean heated seawater for them so there isnt really filtration
     
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