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Old 01-31-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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adding second clownfish?


so im adding a new clownfish to my tank (occ.clown)tiny so his chance of being a male is pretty high but is there any foolproof way to make this work i have a t bone percula in my tank already for about 8 months so it has to be a female by now and its a 55 gallon tank i just dont want to put the new clown in and have it get battered by the perc
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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as long as the new one is a perc as well, and it is still small it should be ok....

I am going to do the same thing soon
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:27 PM   #3
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well i was talking to blue zoo on the phone and they said you can easily get away with doing occ. clowns as well because of how similar they are
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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Please let us know how this comes out. I want to add a small clown to my larger female (resident).

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:07 AM   #5
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I JUST did this! Lol. I've gotta perc. Clown that's been in a well established tank for 3/4 months, and just moved him to a new bigger tank, and has been in there for about 6 weeks. He (actually...maybe she?) is about 1&1/2 to 2" and I just added another perc. Clown, about a week ago. Maybe 1"? There was a little aggression for the first day or 2, but they are getting along great now! Just had to give them a little time to work it out I'm hoping that when the smaller matures, they'll pair up. We'll just have to see I guess.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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I wanted to add a second clown and who I got it from was positive I needed to add a clownfish that was bigger than the established one due to it would be bigger and could hold it's own if the other one was aggressive. Well the new one died from being picked on so much =( Then I read this post...Was the fish guy incorrect? Or is there a equal chance with both sizes?
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:25 AM   #7
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I'm pretty sure it depends on the fish itself. It could be that the clown that's already been there has it's territory already set up. If yours is already sexually matured and you added another That's a little bigger, they could both be females and that might cause some aggression. I'd honestly do a smaller one like I did, and see if they'll learn to get along. If not it just might be the one in your tank is way territorial. Maybe changing your aquascape around to "erase" the territories could help alot
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:32 AM   #8
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i dont mean to jack this thread, but what about a tomato to tomato? I have 1.5" and want a mate for him.....
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #9
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I recently added a new small clown fish about two weeks ago. My other clown I'd say is about full size. Within 10 minutes of adding the new clown it was as if they were already best friends. So I'm not sure if the size of the new clown really has anything to do with it.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:22 AM   #10
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I wanted to add a second clown and who I got it from was positive I needed to add a clownfish that was bigger than the established one due to it would be bigger and could hold it's own if the other one was aggressive. Well the new one died from being picked on so much =( Then I read this post...Was the fish guy incorrect? Or is there a equal chance with both sizes?
The best chance for success and less aggression is to add a smaller clown to the already established one. Mainly because the one that's in there thinks it's her tank, adding another large one takes the chance of both being females and can often end up bad, for both fish.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:24 AM   #11
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i dont mean to jack this thread, but what about a tomato to tomato? I have 1.5" and want a mate for him.....
Once agian, sorry to jack....
tomato clowns are the same. Best to add a smaller one to the one that is already in the tank. But since tomatoes are more aggressive species when mature, i would do it sooner than later.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:26 AM   #12
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If adding a new clownfish, ALWAYS get the smallest one you can get. Even better to get one from a breeder that hasn't been separated from the others. This will all but guarantee that you get a male.

If the one you already have has been by itself for more than 30 days, there is a very good chance that it will be female.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:02 AM   #13
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Thats kinda what I thought, adding a smaller one, but i didn't argue cause I thought he had the right idea. Also one of the first fish I ever got was a blue tang ,1 1/2 inches in size now, and it has never been aggressive with anything including the clown which was added after it. But as soon as I added that second clown it went nuts. Like I said, about 4 fish had been added after the tang and this is the first that a got it aggressive. Would it just be because it was another clownfish?
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #14
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Please let us know how this comes out. I want to add a small clown to my larger female (resident).

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well i ordered "him" hopefully a him today but he wont come out until monday so with mixing percs and occ. well see how it goes she chased chromis around that were double her size so im curious to see how this plays out
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If adding a new clownfish, ALWAYS get the smallest one you can get. Even better to get one from a breeder that hasn't been separated from the others. This will all but guarantee that you get a male.

If the one you already have has been by itself for more than 30 days, there is a very good chance that it will be female.
where do i get one from a breeder?

I usably just go in the shop a few days after the order comes in, or order it direct and just be there when it comes in...
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