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Discussion in 'Just starting out (SW Beginners)' started by aquaman24, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. aquaman24

    aquaman24 New Member

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    hey everyone! i was just wondering if it would be okay for me to add another clown fish(ive had an ocellaris clown fish for about 5 months now) . would my current clown fish kill the new one or would they pair up? Thanks!!
     
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    xspeedrj New Member

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    Are you adding a larger, smaller or same size clown?
     
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    Add a juvenile of the same species & you will be fine.
     
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    im going to look for one about the same size and hopefully this will work. thanks everyone!!
     
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    +1

    Go smaller, if you get one the same size you will likely have issues. You don't want to end up with 2 females in the same tank.

    If you get a juvenile it won't have a sex yet, and if your current clown is a female, the new arrival will become a male & everyone should be happy.
     
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    thanks marine but how can i tell if my current clown fish is a male or a female?? idk if this will help but it seemed to get aggressive towards my bicolor basslet when i added him and it also does this weird dance in the sand and stirs up the sand. Thanks for all your help everyone
     
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    I'm no expert on them, the only way I know is that the larger one is always the female. That way makes it hard to ID, as size is relevant. eg, if you have a pair of them for a few years, the female will get quiet large, but the male will still be pretty big too when you compare him to a juvenile.

    As far as I know, juveniles can become male or female, males can become females, but females can't turn back into males.

    With that in mind, you can see the problem with 2 females. 2 males is ok, as they will fight a bit to decide who gets to be the girl, but sort it out eventually.

    So thats why a juvenile is best, it won't be seen as a threat to the female, so she will be more likely to accept it.
     
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    If you add a much smaller juvenile it will be more likely not to fight & succomb to the larger fishes demands. If they are the same size it is posible they will fight to one or boths death.
     
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    Hmmm I would add a juvi that is smaller than the one you have now. Not the same size, but smaller. What I am concerned about, if you add one the same size, it is a possibility that you will be adding another female along with yours (that is if yours has made the sex change).
    Ive never kept a single clown, so I would not know if you keep a single clown does it morph into a female or remain gender neutral. So I would just add a smaller one to be on the safe side of things.
     
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    Definetly get a younger/smaller one. I had two false percs, added them at the same time, they stayed about the same size. They started fighting and one actually killed the other. I thought they were spawing at first because they were acting weird and the one that died had started to hide out. Being new to sw at the time I thought they had layed eggs, and they were just protecting them. This was not the case and by the time I figured it out it was too late.
     
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    Jose Guzman New Member

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    I recently went through this. As the LFS had only one maroon clown, (had to wait 2 weeks for the next clown). The first was a female, second was a smaller more maroon colored male. She bullied him for a few hours. Fins were noticeably nipped. Slowly started to come around and now 2 weeks later they are inseparable.
     
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  12. zenzence

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    Hello All,
    I have a 32 gallon red sea max with a pair of clowns. I have been thinking about adding a third picasso clown. Is this a horrible idea? I have a feeling they are going to fight like hell??
    If this is the case what if I was to remove the dominate female and then add the picasso?


    Thanks
    Chad Zenzen
     
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