Saddle Back Clowns and my Gonipora

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  1. SeanR

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    Hey guys and gals.
    Well I have finally finished quarantining my first lot of fish and added them to my DT. After a few hours my saddle back clowns started hosting my gonipora.

    So I guess my question is, is it a good or bad thing.
    I have researched it and have come up with mixed reviews.
    So anyone else had this before.


    Regards
    Sean
     
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  3. tekkengal

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    Which type of goniopora?
    The normal stokesi may be a bit more sensitive and the clowns may damage the coral's tissue. The other types (tenuidens; stutchburyi etc) may be a bit tougher and tolerate the clowns more.

    One of my occelaris clowns is hosting in my purple&yellow goni (i think a tenuiden) with no ill effects on the coral.
     
  4. Snoek

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    It happened to me 2. I am glad to say they moved to my nenies and elegance once I moved the goni a few times.
     
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    Bad thing.
    Saddle backs are bigger than Ocealaris. Goni could tolerate the smaller clowns, but would easily be loved to death by larger clowns. Especially if you have a pair hosting.

    Same for anemones. If the clowns are bigger than the anemone, the clowns could irritate the anemone to the point of death. Anemone needs to be bigger than the clowns. Clowns should sit within the anemone tentacles, should not sit on top of the anemone.
     
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  6. Zandy

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    From my experience goniopora is quite delicate and by the clowns hosting it it could cause some damage. I would suggest to try and put a "gage like" item over the goniopora in order for the clows to try and find alternative place to host. Perhaps an upside down cut bottle of 2L Coke with holes in them for flow will do the trick. Just until the clowns has managed to find alternative accomodation ;)
     
  7. SeanR

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    My saddle backs arent massive yet but I understand what you guys are trying to say. My goni is quite big so a coke bottle wont work. Also dnt like the idea of covering it. MMM what to do what to do.

    I reckon I would either have to sell it or swop it for something else.

    Any suggestions?

    Also I have another goni that they havent discovered yet, will it be an issue aswell.
     
  8. Zandy

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    Agggg i will gladly accept the goniopora as a donation or swop... I would keep the other and see how they react to it first it does not mean that they will host that one too
     
  9. SeanR

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    @Zandy
    If you stayed closer I would have tajen you up on your offer.

    Any Cape Town guys keen on buying or swopping for an elegance or something like that.
     
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  10. Zandy

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    @SeanR .... just joking i gave up on Goniopora's although i love them. Maybe try and move the coral around to another location (not too much flow) and see if perhaps the clowns will get interested in something else instead
     
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    Maybe I should try swopping my elegance and goni round
     
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    @Nemeziz_za likes Gonis and may be interested.
    The clowns of mine (that you have) loved my Goni and hosted happily without any damage for months....
     
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    Hi SeanR, @LouiseS is right, I do have a soft spot for Gonipora.

    If you interested you could pop round and see if I have anything you'd be interested in.

    I have quiet a few SPS frags at the moment and will be fragging a few leathers soon.

    Let me know if you interested.

    Ciao
     
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