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Old 09-04-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
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What fish go good with pair of Clownfish?


Hi I was wondering what fish go goo with Clownfish pair. I plan on breeding them so I don't want anything that will eat fry or that will prevent them from breeding. I have a 30 gallon reef. Thank you!
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:45 AM   #2
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Most of your omnivore fish like fire fish, chromis just some ideas out there.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:15 AM   #3
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I have a black molly and a mandarin dragonet with my clownfish and everybody gets along great so far.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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+1 on the firefish. I have a yellow watchman goby/pistol pair and Purple firefish with my clowns. Some of the smaller wrasses would be great too.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #5
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If you plan on breeding them, be aware that all the other fish you add with them will eat the fry or try to. Even the adult clowns will and can eat their own fry, particularly their first clutch. If you are serious about keeping the fry, best to set-up a second tank to rear them in.

As for keeping clown pairs w/other fish. If they are still juvenile clowns, then their are a variety of fish that can get along well w/them, but as the clowns get older they can become aggressive and mean. They really can hold their own against aggressive fish (w/a few exceptions of course, eels, lionfish, larger predators). Clowns are territorial and will become very aggressive to other critters (fish/inverts) if they have eggs. As long as you have enough space for the clowns and your other fish, then it can work out well. If it is a crowded tank your other fish may get beat up by the clowns. Don't underestimate how protective they can get.

I currently have a pair of clowns with a redspot blenny, tailspot blenny, and fang blenny. They all get along well. But, my clowns are still juveniles at 11 months old. I used to have a pair of clowns (different tank) with a huma trigger, snowflake eel, sunset wrasse, and blue tang. Again they all got along well for many years, the clowns held their own and were actually the mean ones in the tank.

I hope this helps
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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I have 2 false perc clowns in my 29 gallon tank with 1 yellow watchman goby. Perfect combination of fish I have ever had.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:54 PM   #7
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:37 PM   #8
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I currently have a pair of small clowns. Can't be more than 8 or 9 months old and recently added a fire fish. The larger of the 2 clowns chases the fire fish back to a rock as soon as it decides to come out. It's a 75G tank so I can't imagine over crowding is a problem. Does anyone else have a problem like this?
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:43 PM   #9
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I can't even put a hand or scrubber in my clown tank without them attacking. I could not imagine putting another fish in.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #10
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I haven't had any problems with mine attacking my hand. Maybe swimming over to nose around but usually leaves as quickly as he arrived. He doesn't do that to any other fish in the tank. On occasion he will bully the smaller clown around but not to the extent of chasing it around.
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I haven't had any problems with mine attacking my hand. Maybe swimming over to nose around but usually leaves as quickly as he arrived. He doesn't do that to any other fish in the tank. On occasion he will bully the smaller clown around but not to the extent of chasing it around.
Mine are about four years old, so they have claimed the tank. They flip every snail over that comes anywhere near their corner. Vicious!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:48 PM   #12
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Wow that's crazy I may actually have to look into trading mine in for something a little less aggressive and territorial. What size tank are they in?
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Wow that's crazy I may actually have to look into trading mine in for something a little less aggressive and territorial. What size tank are they in?
Just a 12 gallon nano.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #14
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Clownfish are damsels (damselfish) and they do have the territorial and aggressive behavior that the damselfish family are known for. Some species of clowns more then others, but if they have eggs, they will become extremely territorial and protective of those eggs and the space around them. The larger the tank and less crowded it is the better off the other fish will be.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:05 PM   #15
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yes i have to clowns and most of the time they are ok but somtimes they can be pricks
and chase everything. even bulldose my coral off the rocks. there are brats! lol
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