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Ok - who thinks tank raised perculas will be anemone friendly? Anyone had any experience with these guys making an anemone their home - or since they have never even SEEN one before do they just ignore 'em like the other fish and live in the general tank?

I am wondering if instinct takes over here?
 

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Well, my ORA ocellaris started out ignoring everything in the tank, but soon tried hosting with my MagFloat scraper, then my Goniopora, and now my Pink Tree coral.
I think it's instinctual for them to want a host, whether or not they come directly from the ocean... the ocean-caught variety just take to a host more quickly... the tank-raised ones 'know' what they're supposed to do, but get kinda confused as how to go about it. :D
At least that's been my experience.
 

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Well my perc never had any anemones in the tank till I took interest in anemones. I bought a condy because of its colors and the way it acted then I bought this anemone that my sebae host in but my perc wants it for himself. The perc was in this tank for 4 years with only lr.
 

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OK -I'll give it a try----and post pics when "it" finally happens :)
 

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I've got a tank raised pair and they haven't showed any signs of hosting to any of the anemone's I have... Maybe one day, but not yet...
 

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aaak! Buzz Hog - how long have you had 'em?
 

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How long have you folks had your bubble tips? I thought they weren't supposed to survivie very long. Are they tank raised or wild caught? I've been looking into getting something to host a percula or ocellaris clowns (long story, see other post on this board). Have you had much success with the combination of BTAs and either true perculas or ocellaris clowns?
 

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I've never heard that BTAs do not survive long but I have had mine for a good 5-6 years. I currently have a pair of true percs in it, and before his untimely passing, my old maroon clown called it its home as well. Mine is wild caught I believe and has not divided in its years of captivity with me, even though others I hear have no problem with theirs dividing over and over again.
 

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i bought a small ORA tank raised A. Ocellaris when i setup my tank about a year and a half ago...about two months later (march 2002) i added a large magnifica anemone, and he "found" it in less than 24 hours...

he literally hasnt left since...only to eat...

HTH

brad
 

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wow bigblue - I hope I am as lucky as you....that would be my dream since clown/anemone combos are one of my favorite things in a reef......its been about 18 hours now and the percs are not interested in the LTA but I will give it time........if they don't like it - it looks really cool under its rock (if it stays there!)
 

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When I fist bought my Perc I didn't have an anenome. The fish just hung upside down in the back of the tank. Really depressed. I was thinking I needed to add Zolof to my water.
Then I bought a rose anenome. The fishes entire personality changed. He is highly defensive of the anenomes. He lunges at my hands when ever I get close to the anenomes.
As far as I can tell he didn't have an anenome at the LFS. I don't think its learned behaviour.
 

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actually just his 'butt' is under a rock (since his butt is orange I wouldn't mind if it wasn't under the rock) - the rest of hime is out in the bright light. He/She? is fully opened and really puffed out so I'll be interested to see if this is the "chosen" spot - or if there will be a 'relocation' to another area.
 
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