Clownfish eating torch coral?

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  1. jeffers0n

    jeffers0n Feather Duster

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    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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  3. BlueWaters10

    BlueWaters10 Skunk Shrimp

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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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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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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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  5. jeffers0n

    jeffers0n Feather Duster

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    Do you think if i put an anenome in my reef tank, he will host that instead of my coral.
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    What type of clown and nem? If not a natural pair, or a tank raised clown it's anyones guess.


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    jeffers0n Feather Duster

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