Which coral for regal to play in?

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  1. flamming angel

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    Hello ppl

    My small regal is troubling my kenya tree. He wants to play in it and then it closes up. Which/ what can i get for him to play in. I dont want to get an anemone as my clown wont let him play in there.

    Is there anything that i can get.

    thanks
     
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  3. Pistolshrimp

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    are you talking about a regal tang? it wont be able to 'play' in an anemone, it will get eaten, in the wild the small regals live in the branches of acropora corals, but ive never seen them do anything like that in captivity, how big is this fish?
     
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    Sorry yes its a regal tang. Oh i didnt no he will get eat i had a huge 1 before this and he used to play in one.

    Thanks for the advice. His about like 3cm.
     
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    what do you mean when you say it played in an anemone?
     
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    he used to just lie in it just as a clown would. kinda weird but he loved it.
     
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    i find that hard to believe, you sure it was an anemone? and was it healthy? they can lose their sting when they are not healthy, they possess some of the most potent stings in our tank no fish that does not host in them ( like amphiprion sp, eg clowns) will be able to touch it without being eaten or hurt badly, oh i forgot to add, sometimes the anemone can even eat its host fish if the fish was careless in introducing itself into the anemone
     
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    Maybe it was not healthy cos i did lose it after a week. The power went out for a good few hours and didnt have a back up. Ah now i see why thanks pistol all makes so much more sense.
     
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    oh i forgot to add, sometimes the anemone can even eat its host fish if the fish was careless in introducing itself into the anemone[/QUOTE]

    SHIT so if my nenie was very hungry would or could it eat one of my clowns if it was small enough like 3cm hey
     
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    Interesting...I have personally never heard of a Regal hosting in anything nor a nennie eating a clownfish maybe other fishes....Unless its a carpet though
     
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    this thread borders on confusing.....lol
     
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    Yup young regal tangs can become very problematic. As pistolshrimp says they live in SPS coral heads, sometimes fire coral heads. The young regals tend to want to take refuge in sinularia species in aquarium environments. This causes the coral to close and sulk. What i do is get a piece of Indonesian blue LR with lots of fingers and crannies and place it near the back of the tank. The regal normally immediately takes up residence there.

    An interesting thought crossed my mind regarding the regal playing in an anemone. Regals live in fire coral as do damsels and to some extent anthias. If the damsels and regal are immune to the fire coral and a damsel can live in an anemone it might be possible that a regal can. I dont know, just a thought.
     
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    some interesting facts nemo. thanks
     
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    i think if the fish were weak it would succumb to the sting of a healthy hungary anemone, but i have seen fish such as jumping bean swim in amongst the tentacles of large newly imported (perhaps fatigued from travel) radianthus andmone..

    sometimes being touched by the tentacle without harm to the fish..

    i have even witnesses fish seeking aid from anemones when they have illness to try sting parasites off of their bodies.. or perhapos this was a 'put me out of my misery" move.

    the ocean is full of strange unexplained occurences..

    but not too much on a regal tang.. interesting..
     
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