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Old 01-14-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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Clownfish lying down???


Hey so yesterday i was looking at my tank as i always do when i get home from work and i noticed that one of my young clowns (most likely the female) would swim up to a thick patch of cyano on the sandbed underneath a rock and she would just plop down onto her side and lay there for like a good 5-10 seconds moving nothing but the one fin that she isnt laying on and her gills, then she would pop up and swim over to the male (who was always close by when she did this) and she would twitch at him and he would slightly twitch back and then they would go back to just swimmin around then they would come back and she would lay there almost motionless again till she popped up and twitched at him lol. Is this normal? Also, i cleaned al the cyano up and havent seen her do it again anywhere else
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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its a mating thing just like when a women lays on the bed........well kids are watching so shhhhh
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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i think they are mating, clown eggs happen to be red, and she know the red cyano bacteria is good camo for the eggs. I think.

are they doing what in this video?
this video is EC's. and ec i hope you dont mind me sharing it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtctS...er_profilepage
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:55 PM   #4
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i will find mine twitching next to eachother and sometimes in the morning laying down as well pretty normal if you ask me
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:05 AM   #5
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laying down in the sand after the light have been off for a long time means they were sleeping most tank bred clownfish do that and the wild one dont they still move around but i think what u have is a like a mating ritual. how long have u had them together maybe if all the water params are right u are about to experience some breeding which is awesome.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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Cool, it sort of looked like the video that dmora posted of ec's clowns but mine only twitch for a few seconds and then stop and just keep swimming around. Also, they have only been together for about a month and a half maybe, since december 5th i think and when i got them they were so small, like id say probably just a little under 3/4 of an inch in length, the female(much more dominant one) is now about an 1 1/4 inches in length and the male(submissive) is about an inch. Everything in my tank seems to be growing at an alarming rate lol especially my inverts, makes me wonder how fast the coral frags i get in the future will grow as well , but is it likely they will mate this young? It would be extremely ironic if they did mate this young because when i bought them i wanted them to become a mating pair and so i named them Adam and Eve lol
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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Sounds like Eve is trying to find a nice hosting spot. I'm guessing you have no anenome? Clowns will host in all sorts of things, maybe even soft cyano. If your tank is too young to keep nems, try hammer, torch or frogspawn coral for the clown to host in.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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Yeah i always see them 2 of them what looks to be like hosting all of my power equipment lol like my protein skimmer and powerheads. Really they will host corals? i didnt know that but i guess if they will host a protein skimmer they would have no problem hosting something that looks like an anemone lol cool i might just do that. How young is too young to keep anemones btw?
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:29 PM   #9
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Clowns will host in corals. But it can often be too rough on the coral, and it's not ideal for the clowns, either. Clowns have a natural defense against nem stings, but not against corals and sometimes you'll see little black spots on the clowns. Like you said, they'll choose all sorts of places, good and bad.

A big fuzzy mushroom might be the best to try in a young tank. Mushroom "corals" are (I've read) actually in the anenome family, but much much easier to keep.

I hear a general rule that a tank should be a year old before ready for nems. Like any general rule, I'm sure there could be all sorts of exceptions. The big things to consider are your water parameters (nems need consistency) and lighting (nems need lots of light).
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:36 PM   #10
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hm yeah my tank might still be a bit young for a nem, i was planning on getting it at around 6 months of age, is this still too young for corals?
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