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Old 06-06-2011, 09:54 AM
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Unhappy Clownfish eating torch coral?

I put in a nice torch a yesterday, and i woke up this morning to find my clown fish swimming viciously through it. I thought cool, he hosted it, but as i looked closer, i saw he was biting the little bubble tips off, i think he even ate one. I have moved the coral to my bros tank for now. Any ideas on how to stop him?
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Move one of them out of the tank. Or you could build a small divider out of plexiglas.
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Clownfish mouth their host. They do to anemones as well. Theory is that it some how aids in preventing the clownfish from being severly stung by the host, but who knows. Anyway it's common.

The corals or the fish will probably have to be relocated. The affections of a clownfish are sometimes too much for a Euphyllia, causes stress to the coral leading to it's demise.
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Clownfish mouth their host. They do to anemones as well. Theory is that it some how aids in preventing the clownfish from being severly stung by the host, but who knows. Anyway it's common.

The corals or the fish will probably have to be relocated. The affections of a clownfish are sometimes too much for a Euphyllia, causes stress to the coral leading to it's demise.
Do you think if i put an anenome in my reef tank, he will host that instead of my coral.
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Do you think if i put an anenome in my reef tank, he will host that instead of my coral.
What type of clown and nem? If not a natural pair, or a tank raised clown it's anyones guess.


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It's a maroon clown and I'm thinking about a bubble tip anemone.
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It's a maroon clown and I'm thinking about a bubble tip anemone.

That's a natural mix, but a Maroon is very agressive and will likely kill a small BTA. The BTA would need to be several times larger than the clown and introduced cautiously.

Here is another reefers experiece, this is unfortunately not an uncommon outcome:
My first Rose BTA
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