What clown fish can you house together? Question

Discussion in 'Clownfish' started by Harrison, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Harrison

    HarrisonValued MemberMember

    ive got a 160L tank about 40g ish, can i house different species of clownfish if i have multiple anemones ??
  2. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    Many types of clowns do not host in anenomes regaurdless. I have heard of some people with larger tanks getting away with two types but I wouldn't even try in a 40. I'd just get a pair of perculas or something.
  3. OP

    HarrisonValued MemberMember

    do i have to get a pair or can i have afew? what other fish would u recommend?

  4. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    In a 40 gallon tank I would only get one pair personally. That's just not enough space for multiple pairs IMO.
  5. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

  6. OP

    HarrisonValued MemberMember

    okay cheers :) whats imo mean?
  7. OP

    HarrisonValued MemberMember

    What would be enough space for multiple pairs??
  8. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    IMO means "In My Opinion"

    I wouldn't keep multiple clownfish pairs in the same tank.
  9. ryanr

    ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Ahhh, the problem with stocking marine - multiples of a species.

    Harrison - I found this when researching my livestock, and with most species it's advised to only get one specimen. Be they Tangs, Angels, Gobies.

    The problem with marine is that the tank is an ocean, like the Great Barrier Reef, a 2000km (~1400 miles) tank, so it's possible for multiples to get along.

    Many marine species are territorial, and don't "play nice with others of the same type".

    Clownfish are no different, and can be aggressive towards others of the same type. The exception is what we call "mated pairs". Two fish that have bonded together and are happy with each others company.

    I hope that kind of makes sense.

    PS - I believe that in clowns that have been tank-bred, the aggression is somewhat less, but I have no proof of this yet?
  10. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    when i had my nano reef tank i had a pair of clowns and they would attack my hand every time i was messing with the tank that was my clue that i shouldn't put anything with them. They are very active, fun to watch!!!!

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