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Old 06-17-2005, 08:50 PM   #1
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clown fishes attacking each other

Need Help. I recently bought a 36 gallon fish tank aprox. a month ago. with it i had a clown fish orange with three white stripes, sorry don't know the exact name of it. today i bought a new clown fish a little bit smaller than the other one. but, now the clown fish that's been their for a month is attacking the new one. what should i do? will the attacking finally stop. i was afraid that they would kill each other so i decided to turn off the light but this can't last for ever please help.

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Old 06-18-2005, 12:33 AM   #2
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Are the fish the same species?? (do they look the same). The fish that has been there for a month has established territories. From your discription the clowns that you have are probably amphiprion ocellaris (commonly known as ocellaris clowns, false perculia clowns or *nemo* clowns). If they are the same species the fighting should die down after a little while (maybe 2-3 days) and the larger clown will always be the dominant individual. The reason for this is that all clown fish are born males, they will form pairs and the most dominant one of the two will become female and begin to grow larger. The male will simply stop growing. If they are of different species it would probably be best to return the one you just got to avoid a war that will ultimatley end wih the larger one killing the smaller one.

Leave them be for a little while and see how they go.
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i'll see how things turn out thanks for the help
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:42 AM   #4
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