How to stop a clown hosting?

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  1. LouiseS

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    Never thought I would be asking this but how can I stop my true perc clowns hosting in my green goniopora? The poor goni was doing fantastically and now it is being continually flattened :eek:
     
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  3. Rossi

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    Tagging for this! Maybe adding a nennie for them, then they host nennie and not the goni
     
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    If the goniopora is small enough, you could cover it with a bottom of a coke bottle (or something similar) with holes in it for feeding and flow, but it would keep out your clowns.

    If covered long enough, the clowns might find something else to keep them occupied?
    This is just my thoughts, have not had the need to try it in practice :)

    Edit: It might also help to post a pic of placement, so all the clever DIY guys can help you with a solution
     
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  5. crispin

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    adding a nennie is unlikley to help.

    if the gonni is getting heavily rubbed it will start to loose tissue and most likley die. if you realy want to keep the goni you can cover it with a mess like structure (not a coke bottle as it needs flow around the coral) that is wide enough to let water pass through it but not the clowns.

    else a possibly easier thing to do is light your sump and let the goni recover in there for a while and add a soft coral like a pincusion or some leather, xenia etc which the clowns can host it. Replace the goni's positio witha soft coral and it should get the clowns to host in there.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Photos of goni below - too big for A coke bottle but could make a plan... Will have to take fts tomorrow as all lights already out.
     
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    Oops double post and no photos! Will try again. @Rossi - I did think of this but as I have an enormous carpet nenni for the pair of clarkii's this really isn't an option (unless I get a bigger tank!)
     
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  8. LouiseS

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    Caught in the act

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    we love them, thats why they called clowns
     
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    They will not stop.
    Nature, born in. Especially wild caught ones.

    Tank bred are more likely to not host at all.

    Best is to remove the Gonia and let the clowns find something else. They host in anything if they want to, pulsing zena, Pin cushions, hairy mushrooms, sinularia. These are normally ok with a clown clowning around. Frogspawn and Hammerheads do not like it that much.

    Also the object of their affection must be at least double their size. Even with an anemone, too small an anemone and they could bother it so much that it struggles to survive.
     
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    @LouiseS that goni will jsut have to come live in my tank then :p
     
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    second dibs after @HenkHugo :biggrin:
    On a seriuos note, yes it's going to hard. I have a goni, but because I have a big tank, with lots of zoas and four RBTA's, the clowns see to leave mine alone. Now and again, I will find one inside it, during the day, when the arms are full extended.
     
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    lol:D
     
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    Or you can swop out the clowns with mine ,they dnt host lol....I have a lovely healthy pair of a black n white and common clown.... I have a rbta and they wnt host lol.....
     
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    :lol: you edited your post, but I saw what you wrote! :p
     
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    Well the FTS - planning and strategizing a coral shuffle :p

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    I still think it needs to move in with me....
     
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    @HenkHugo : :tt2: thanks to @crispin & @RiaanP (thank guys!) I have a number of option to try out before I sell up!

    Will keep you posted though....
     
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    pfffffffffffft! :p
     
  20. LouiseS

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    Okay Henk now I feel bad (NOT) so will offer you loads of free Xenia... Keen?
     
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    ummmmm no no no - keep that alllllll to your self
     
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