Are maroon clownfish really that aggressive?

theyellowdartmti
  • #1
I've been reading a lot about saltwater fish lately and I've taken a liking to the maroon clown. I think it's a beautiful fish.
But... I've also read that they can be quite aggresive to smaller tankmates. Are they really as aggresive as the books say?
And if so, can someone please point out a few compatible tank mates for a maroon clown that can fit in a 30 gallon? Or should I just get a common clown with peaceful tankmates?
 
agsansoo
  • #3
Get a regular perc clown. They're very peaceful ! My maroon is a little aggressive towards smaller tank mates only.
 
theyellowdartmti
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
thanks for the help
 
leelum9
  • #5
my maroons are with chromis, scooter blennie, zebra goby, fire fish, and they have been docile towards all these fish... the only problem was an eblI angel, they clashed badly. any quick fish seems to make the clowns unmotivated to chase them... in my case at least. the goby is living under the clowns rock...comes out and visits the big clown fairly often with no more problems than a nudge from the clown
 
theyellowdartmti
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
Agsansoo, do you think I can keep a Maroon in a 28-30 gallon aquarium?
 
Tumbleweed
  • #7
That size tank will be just fine for a maron clown.
 
theyellowdartmti
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
Thanks.
Do you have experience with them?
 
sgould
  • #9
You would be fine with that tank. Clowns are not particularly active swimmers, and so do not need the same space as more active species. They tend to hang in one area and wiggle, rather than dart back and forth all over the tank. I have a yellow stripe maroon in a 55 gallon tank, but he rarely goes more than a few inches from his anemone. Before the anemone, he had a cave in the rockwork picked out and did not stray far from it either.
 
theyellowdartmti
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
Thanks guys.
The people over at reefcentral aren't saying I can, though.
I would really like Agsansoo's opinion on this.
 
sgould
  • #11
I'm sure he'll be by
 
theyellowdartmti
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
Thanks.
Not that I don't trust your advice or anything... I'd just like advice from someone who has a lot of experience with them.
 
sgould
  • #13
Thorough research is a good thing!
 
theyellowdartmti
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
bump.....C'mon Andy! (lol, jk)
 
NirvanaandTool
  • #15
Ive heard the rumors that maroons are really aggressive as well - especially when they get to be full size.
Cant really comment on any personal experiences with them though - due to hearing this info, I stayed away from maroons and went with clarkiI clowns for my main tank and a typical false perc for my second tank just to be on the safe side.
I think if you get the clown young and let it grow up with other fish around the same size or a little smaller you should be fine. Just keep an eye on its behavior.

Some tank mates for a 30 gallon could be a firefish, some sort of gobie or blenny or maybe a chromis.
 
agsansoo
  • #16
Agsansoo, do you think I can keep a Maroon in a 28-30 gallon aquarium?

Yes you can. Though get a small one around 1" to start.
 

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