More than 2 clownfish

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  1. reefer101

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    Hi
    Is it possible to keep 3 or more clownfish in one
    tank? Ocellaris?
    Iv read on google to some its a big no no and
    some had success...what's you guys opinion?
    Thanks
     
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  3. weezle

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    I don't see the need to keep 3 one will always feel like the odd one out
    3 is a crowd
     
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    Rather not. I had 3 in a 1.5m tank and the dominant pair bullied the odd one.
     
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    Thank you people :)
     
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    And if you keep 2 pairs in one tank?
     
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    I've got 3 pairs in my tank.
     
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    depend on the tank size.

    I got a pair Ocealaris and another pair Orange Skunk clowns. Each pair on "their" side of the tank.
    Previous tank being 1.5m and 750L had a pair of Ocealaris and Clarkii clowns. Clarkii pair did show up to the Ocealaris pair hosting in the big pincushion to intimidate them.

    I think in a 1.2m or smaller, having more than one pair and different species is looking for trouble.
     
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    The dominant pair will attack the smallest one from the others.
     
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    and then when the smallest one of the other pair is dead, they will go for the remaining one.

    In the wild, you do get more than 2 clowns at times hosting the same anemone. But there if one is bullied he can swim away to another anemone further away.
     
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    I have a pair of black and white Percula clownfish who are the dominators in my tank. They are not aggressive but they are clearly the bosses and they strut their stuff with the other fish. I made the cardinal error of buying a Jumping Bean without doing my homework, a typical wow thats a stunning fish I want it type of thing. Well the second that JB was introduced the clowns went into zombie mode and stalked that JB like possessed maniacs. I wouldn't add additional clowns to an established pair.
     
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    Like these 3

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    Here the third wheel is a lot smaller and for now tolerated by the dominant pair.

    This strategy is used by clowns a lot. Where a third immature do hang around. In case something should happen to either of the dominant pair. Then he can move up the leadership rank and became the dominant male. If the female did perished the dominant male would become female and the immature the dominant male.

    In display tanks we hardly get this. In the wild the small one can escape and come back. In our tanks he can't.
     
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    What I've done when introducing my new clowns to the tank, I've put them in one of those net breeding things inside the tank for a couple of days. The other clowns and damsels do try and go for them, but they are safely behind the net.

    After 2 or 3 day I lower the breeding net so that the top opening is 3 or 4 cm under the waterline. The new clowns can you venture into the rest of the tank, but whenever someone else starts to chase them around, they can retreat into the safety of the breeding net.

    After a few days the other inhabitants are used to them and not chasing them around so much. Then they will leave the net and be OK.

    I normally do this with most fish I add, especially finicky eaters. It give them change to adapt to the tank as well as my feeding regime and when they are getting the freedom of the tank, they just become part of the system.

    This doesn't stop the odd chasing around if one enters into anothers area, but at least they know and respect the boundaries most of the time..

    Something interesting I see is that whenever I introduce new fish in this way, some of the previous fish introduced in this way will sometimes venture into net, after its been lowered. Not to fight, but almost to see whats going on.

    Just my experience.
     
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    @reefer101 What did you decide to do at the end?
     
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    Hey.
    No I just left one pair in.
    Do your 3 pairs not fight?
     
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    No they dont fight, each have sort of their own territory. Now and again they may chase one away if he/she gets too close to their anemone, but nothing more than they would do to my hand when I come too close
     
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    Obvious a big enough tank to allow for 3 territories.
     
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    Not that big, 1,5m
     
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    My tank is way too small they kill each other in no time:lol:
     
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