Adding A Second Clown Fish
Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:01 PM
I'm thinking the best thing to do would be to buy the other clown and put them both in the new tank at the same time. However I'm going to have a LOT of stuff to move on that day and no time to go to the LFS (45 minute drive each way) to get a second one. So do you think that getting a smaller one and introducing him the next day would be ok? Or should I just leave it with one?
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:38 AM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 07:51 AM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:39 PM
It should be fine to introduce the smaller one on the second day. Perculas and ocellarises are some of the least aggressive and easiest to pair clowns.
If the single one you have is a female, and it is most likely the case, then they can be extremely difficult to pair. I had zero luck pairing mine -- started as 2, it killed off the other, then proceeded to kill off every single clown I added.
Your plan to add both to a new tank will have much greater chance for success. Buy the other one a week before, add it to a small QT (even set up a 5gal bucket with a small power head, and change the water every few days keeping a close eye on salinity) setup. Then when the new tank is up and running, add both clowns together. And hope.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 07:20 PM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 08:42 PM
Actually, they are all born male (being as they are protandrous hermaphrodites) and once a female dies the dominant male becomes female.
If you buy a small one from a group of clowns it will be a juvenile that is neither male nor female.
Posted 30 September 2008 - 03:56 AM
Posted 30 September 2008 - 02:12 PM
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