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Old 06-08-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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How many clownfish can you put in a 90 gallon?


Hey guys, quick question. I love clownfish. I want to have as many as possible. The orange color and movement makes me happy...



So how many can you put in one tank, ocellaris to be specific. I am hoping more than 10? Right now I have 1 clownfish. So thats it. Thanks!
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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You could do 5 pairs in a 90 gallon tank.Occelaris do not get very big.So you can.There are a lot of cool more exotic clownfish out there, try ibluewater.com they have the coolest by far.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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Well, could I go more than 10? I want as many as I can without overstalking my tank.
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I have seen a 100g tank with about 15-20 medium sized....

as long as you can keep your water quality up, they should do fine, as long as you buy them from a single batch.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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this would be cool, i love clowns too and IMO a mix of black and orange would be really neat! id bet you could keep 12 or 14 IF your water quality is kept at a good level. it would be cool to have a couple big nems too so they can all share homes
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:37 PM   #6
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would it be possible to have 12-15 with an anemone if my water quality is good enough?
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:53 PM   #7
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with a single anemone? they might compete for it...i think a couple of different types of anemones would be ok for them and look really good!
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12-15 I think could work for awhile, not sure about 12-15 full grown fish would do...

also yes on 2 anemones, or one huge anemone...

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Old 06-09-2011, 08:30 AM   #9
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IMHO, one pair in a 90 is max for most systems. Mobarts pic, posted above, is a unique situation. All of the perculas came from one clutch of eggs. They were raised together and placed into a large tank with to many anemones to count. This gave the clowns a huge amount of territory to go around, and cut down on aggression. Mobart placed the clowns natural host on one side of the tank and the quadricolors on the other. The dominant pair resides in their natural host while the other live in the BTA's. Even with all the precautions taken, some of the original clowns have simply disappeared.

In most systems, a mature pair of clowns will not tolerate other.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:33 PM   #10
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So to sum up: Juveniles, maybe. Chances are increased if the same batch of eggs. Mature adults...not such a good idea. I had a mated pair of false percs with a carpet anemone and they wouldn't tolerate a single skunk clown (hosted a toadstool...go figure. he had a BTA, numerous frogspawn and a hammer coral to choose from). The tank is175g. I had to move the skunk clown to my 55g FOWLR for his own safety.
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So i hope it is possible to get 10-12 clownfish from the same batch of eggs? My lfs recently hatched a bunch, I was thinking if I could take 10-12 from the same group cause they don't show that much aggression to me. But what do I do with the clownfish thats already in my tank?
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:11 PM   #12
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The ONLY way you could have possibly have more than 1 pair in a tank this size is if they are all from the same mother and they have all been raised together. There also can't be a dominant female chosen yet, so the clowns must be small juveniles! You would also need a nem for each pair, and a natural host nem such as a mag for the dominant pair in the tank.
I would never attempt more than 1 pair, they will fight.
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^haha, at my lfs it looks just like that, so if I took fish from that same bunch, not much aggression right?
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:23 PM   #15
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+1 EC & richkor

10+ adult clowns together I'm not sure about, and definitely a no no if they are not from the same batch/clutch.

I have seen many tanks where breeders have large numbers of Clown fish from the same clutch, but the thing is, they only keep them in there long enough to grow to marketable size, not adulthood.

so how many tanks are there that have a large group of adult clowns raised from a single clutch? I think that answer will lead you to the answer of how many adult clowns you can keep in a 90g tank...
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