Tomato clowns

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  1. gaboon

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    Got 2 tomato clowns today, 2 days in a row I gave into temptation, yesterday was the hermit which apparently has an appetite for corals and today the clowns. I wanted the Perculars but they didn't have. Anyway I'm loving these, just had the lights on for the shot, they off now to help them settle in. I got frozen food for them, LFS said its better while they still small.

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    Awesome ;)
    What LFS did you get them from? VIP?
     
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    The psychos' of the clown world, careful with anything else you put in;)
     
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    LFS told me they only aggressive to their own kind. Will they go for anything?
     
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    Fish being agressive depends on quite a lot of things, tank size/territory/similar species/fish looking at them funny (sorry):whistling:

    Most will be ok though, just keep an eye on them when introducing new fish.
     
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    I will do! Thanks. When should I start feeding them. Got frozen brine shrimp, every 3 days or so?
     
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    Brine shrimp isn't very nutritius, get some decent flake or some krill pacifica
     
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    Talking about clowns, my dude really battles to swim around. Are they naturally bad swimmers or have I got to much flow (4 x Seio M1100 in 400l)
     
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    The clown is a decent swimmer, as we calculated your tank is on the high scale, perhaps stop one to see how he gets on.
     
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    Clowns have a rather odd way of sort of plopping around the tank, looking as if they can't swim properly, stick a net in there and watch them swim like there's no tomorrow:biggrin:
     
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    I noticed that, like little bullets!
     
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    My Tomato Clowns leave the rest of the tankmates alone. The female does not leave me alone when I get close to their anemone, though. She's pulled a little bit of blood three times already. But that's probably because they're an established pair.
     
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    No - Tomato clowns together with Clarkii Clowns are seen as some of the most agressive little fish you can find. There have been a biggish female tomato clown in a LFS tank - and at first, when I walked past the tank, the fish attacked - I found it just TOO FUNNY (LOL!)

    BUT, I had 2 clarkkii's and HAVE 2 tomato's - the female clarkii was extremely aggresive - she would attack ANY other fish that came close to the current anemone she is in (she "took over 3 out of my 4 anemone's" - only left my magnifica alone, because my occelaris clowns chased her away - she did try though).... She also attacked any newcomers to the TANK!

    Beginning December I had an outbreak of marine ich in my tank, and unfortunately this little clarkii died - as did my occelaris clowns. My two tomato's took over the magnifica anemone. And now they are quite agressive towards the clarkii - BUT not towards anything else in my tank.

    The remaining clarkii is now also indeed attacking anything that comes close to the anemone he is living in at the moment, though....
     
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    Strange, my Tomato Clowns allow my other fish to swim past and around the anemone, right up to it. They don't chase them away (well, not vehemently in any case) - except when they had eggs, of course.
     
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    How much of a frozen cube should I feed them? I'm worried about starving the fish or overloading the tank. The largest clown is just over cm in length.
     
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    Hi Gaboon - you should try to only feed frozen meaty foods once or twice per week. Rather try and get them to take flakes, or perhaps the tiny pellets....
     
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