yellow tail aggression towards two ocellaris clowns

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  1. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    I cycled my tank using a yellow tail damsel, I now have just added two ocellaris clown fish. I have just put them in about a half hour ago and after 5 min. I saw the yellow tail being aggressive towards the two clowns. He didn't bite them but did dart at them. I have turned the light outs and only have the moon lights on now and the two clowns seem to be better right now. The damsel is off to his sleeping place under the hob filter. My question is from your experience, will the aggression lessen over the next couple of days or will it not let up? If it won't let up, what are any tricks to catching the yellow tail, he is really fast and quick? I would rather trade him in then the two clowns. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  3. wareagle35031

    wareagle35031 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    ohh yeah those fish are bast###s, mean fish. I would get him out or add fish at night or something.
  4. gazog

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    I would add something that will eat the little fishy! oh wait that wont work because the clowns are small too!

    Seriously, he will be that way with most anything you add, so if your going to keep him than get used to it. If you can remove him from the tank without to much trouble the do it.

    He might give it up but chances are he wont. can you rearrange it so he cant sleep in his usual place or change the tank around enough to make it look unfamiliar to it? That might upset him enough where he will leave them alone. you can try and use a fish trap, there are plans here on 3reef and elsewhere..
  5. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    thanks for you responses, I have removed him, it actually wasn't as hard as i thought it would be. I turned the lights out and he went to his usual sleeping place, i put the net behind him and coaxed him into it, he is now in the quarantine tank. I think I may have to return him to the lfs for something else. I am sad that it may have to come to this, i really liked him and had hoped that he wouldn't be aggressive, but I like the clowns more. lesson learned.
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    ImprovMaster Astrea Snail

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    yea im having the same problem.
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My yellow tail darts at fish too but it's never physically attacked them. That's not to say that yours wouldn't have eventually but I've never had aggression issues with yellow tailed damsels besides an ocassional chasing away from its territory.
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  9. gazog

    gazog Kole Tang

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    I have one in my 20 long along with a pair of ocellaris clowns and a small firefish. He has been in there since I set up the tank and I have no issues either. He is a real good bluffer, gets all puffy and stuff but has never physically (at least that I know) attacked anyone.

    The black domino in my 10G another story entirely! he attacks even the feather caulerpa (Caulerpa sertularioides) thats is in that tank if he doesn't like the looks of it. I have come home to piles find of it floating in the corners of the tank, like he mowed the lawn, LOL. I have even seen him go after the emerald crab that I have in that tank and he is huge, at least compared to the damsel right now. But my wife wanted him so I bought it.
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    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    No need - keep him in the qt for a week then when you add him back to the main display he'll be a pussy cat
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    Good example as to why I don't and wouldn't used Damsels or any other fish for cycling a tank...SInce they are the first fish, they would rule the tank. I wouldn't even risk putting him back in, once he is use to the tank he will more then likely start to play bully in the tank. Must my 2 cents...
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    jcdillin Spaghetti Worm

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    I had the same problem with my domino I took him out of the tank for 2 weeks put him back and now everyone bosses him around. My coral beauty loves to kick his butt back in line whenever he even starts to look aggressive.
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    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    :( Hummm, thought I posted response already...guess not...

    Common problem with Damsels....

    In most cases it will adjust to other fish pretty quickly.

    In my case, two exsisting percs in Nano gave new jewel damsel a hard time for first couple of days...now best of friends. Damsel can even approach their anem with out clowns getting pissed.

    Yellow Tails are beautiful, active fish. But best added last, and as juveniles if possible...

    I would like tank full of them...
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  15. GuitarMan89

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    maybe i will try to let the clowns adjust, then add the damsel back into the display, I will see how things go
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    Phayes Aiptasia Anemone

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    I have never had a problem with my blue damsel, despite being the first resident in the tank. My three clowns (yes, thats right, i have three and they get along well together), my yellow tang, and my damsel will all hang out together wherever they go in the tank. But in terms of aggressive behavior, he is definitely the weakest link (he's a jam tart).
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    2 clownfish one orange one black are fish i added to my tank 2 months after i added my yellow tail & neon velvet damsel, they would swim together at first kind of like back up watching out for each other, the neon did not really do a lot other than back into them on occassion, very weird, the blue on the other hand would dart over to them and do a kind of flicking motion with spikes on end like a cats fur, never really touching though, both damsels and clowns swam together for a few days, now the clowns have settled into their new home and come out there shell, the damsels know better to even go by them now, they give them as good as they get, but in all they all live in harmony and just swim peacefully past each other now, i did not move rock work or anything, just give it time, now the 3 striped damsel now thats another story, supposed to be the most aggressive?...good luck with them ...