How do I get my clown to host my anemone

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  1. amberj

    amberj Astrea Snail

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    I just bought a tiny baby clown the other day (false percula I believe).



    The first few days... all he did was cruise around the tank full speed non-stop.

    Today I noticed he has slowed down and looks like he is trying to "host" himself on a piece of coral. Thing is.... its not the anemone.

    I searched the forums and saw some people had stated that their clowns host to all kinds of things, clams, heaters, etc, etc....


    Is there anyway to try to get them to host with the anemone?


    and before I even try that.... he is tiny, about 0.5" long, and the anemone is about 2" across.... the anemone wont try to eat him will it?

    I usually feed the anemone with shrimp cubes using a small medicine dropper.
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  3. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    there's really no way to force him to host. My clown took interest in my frogspawn for a while but then lost interest. Sometimes they will host immediately, other times it may take while, it really depends on the fish
  4. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    there are no tricks the clown will go to it when it wants too.
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    Iraf Snowflake Eel

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    what type of anemone is it?

    tube and sometimes even carpets are known for eating fish, tubes esspecially

    if it's a bta just give it time
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    reefnut1 Spaghetti Worm

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    BTAs and Condys are not natural homes to percula clowns typically. (You did not state what kind you have.) They will use them sometimes and other times they wont. I have 2 clowns that chose a large hammer coral as home over a couple of anemones and have lived there for 2 or 3 years now. They will pick what they want.
    Enjoy them. They are a very good fish.
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    PumaKrieg Flamingo Tongue

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    There was another post recently about a trick to get a clownfish to partake to an anemome, try searching around for it a little and maybe you will be lucky.


    sorry i couldnt be any more help
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  9. missionsix

    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Try putting a picture of a clown hosting an anemone on your tank.;) Also, giving it time will help.
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    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    I have heard of people putting there clowns with the anemone in like a HOB breeder tank for an hour or so with some success, too.
  11. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    i guess you could trap a clown in a small space with it like pack attack suggested, but i would be afraid it would eat the fish(i don't know how clowns adapt to there anemones but im guessing they have to change there slime coat or secret a chemical to neutralize the stingers before they can host)
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    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That sounds like it's a bit dangerous. Could cause the clown to be eaten or stung. Could also cause stress to the anemone.
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    techno2 Stylophora

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    Try dimming the lights, soft music, and some privacy. Maybe some flowers too.


    Sorry, couldnt resist.. The booze is getting to me tonight...
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  15. amberj

    amberj Astrea Snail

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    haha @ double2mk


    As for the type of anemone: bubble tip


    Like I stated before - the clown is TINY and I dont want him to get eaten, but its just kinda funny seeing him rub up on stuff that he isnt. You can tell that is exactly what he is doing..... I'd just rather have him rubbing on the anemone as it is what he is supposed to rub on, rather than "upsetting" my other corals.
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    karcury Astrea Snail

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    Well, since it is a juvenile, perhaps if you tell it to host to anything but the anemone it will do the typical juvenile thing and rebel, thus hosting to your anemone! Just speaking from experience . . . I have two daughters. . . :)

    Actually, before my cute little clown, Katie, died from the evil Ick, she happily hosted to our torch coral! they both seemed ok with it.
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    Scubagator87 Skunk Shrimp

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    i bought an LTA for my mated pair of false percs....and they haven't even looked at it! its been months but oh well, they found a nice spot that they live in and the anemone is cool anyway. I guess wait and see. You might have more luck with the bubble tip
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    Look if it was tank bred ? then you maybe would have a easier time to get it to take toy your sofa ? But then again maybe it will choose a coral or clam ? Just let it be and give it a few weeks or a month or so.. You would fined it easier to leash train an alligator then trying to train an clown to host with any anemone.. And as I said if it was tank bred ??? Good look they mostly just swim up and down in a corner of their choosing.. But it could host on a rock ?
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    stepperbabe Astrea Snail

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    Hello, if the clown is a tank raised he was never taught by his parents to go into the anemone theirfore he may never go ,but he may its a wait & see thing ,some times if the anemone is sick or not heathly then he wont go in no way to tell, but time.Good luck
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    longballz84 Spaghetti Worm

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    maybe is you squirt food in the anenome it could make the fish venture in...

    ive heard that tank bred ones are harder to get in them, but i find it hard to believe that you can breed out such a natural inclination...IMO
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    longballz84 Spaghetti Worm

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    why are the most genius things almost common sense? that picture idea is pretty neat...