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  • #16
    Honestly, pulling a anemone off a rock might not be a good idea! One the nem, is happy where it's at and you don't want a roaming nem. Second you don't want to damage the nem. Let's think like the ocean the clowns goes to the nem, not the nem to the clown.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by xtremeclownfish View Post
      Honestly, pulling a anemone off a rock might not be a good idea! One the nem, is happy where it's at and you don't want a roaming nem. Second you don't want to damage the nem. Let's think like the ocean the clowns goes to the nem, not the nem to the clown.
      Never said pull the Nem off the rock, said pull the rock the Nem is on and put in bucket together. Heard it done before kinda makes them bump elbows.

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      • #18
        My bad, take the rock with anemone attached. Again, the odds that when you put the anemone in the tank, could detach itself from the rock and start wondering and probably land on one of your most expensive coral SPS or chalice colony. I see those beautiful tanks with its corals thriving in brilliant colors. Many of those members secret they avoid putting there hands inside the tank and avoid moving stuff. I've had many anemones all types, and many clownfish, let nature take its course...my two cents.

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        • #19
          Nature is over rated....

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          • #20
            LOL ^ 2 funny

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            • #21
              My rainbow anemone is attached to a single rock, so I could move it, but catching my clowns. . . Now that's another story.

              I've been feeding next to my anemones and now have my sail fin, fox face, scarlet skunk shrimp, and one of my clowns eating from my hand, but the clown stays as far from the anemone as possible while still being able to eat.

              Hosting pictures seem to scare the clowns more than anything.

              Still no luck with the light trick, but I will keep trying. Eventually something is bound to work.
              Vickie & Steve

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              • #22
                With some luck it took mine a year lol.

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                • #23
                  Ya I had 2 clowns in my tank for over a year and neither showed any interest in the nems. It wasn't until I put in a snowflake clown, that happened to be a bit bigger then my original clowns and basically started a war in my tank, that they finally took to the nems. I tried all the tricks to up till that point but nothing worked. Dont recommend adding a bigger clown to the tank though, it did get my clowns hosting, but created WW III in my tank I ended up having to tear the tank apart to get the snowflake back out of the tank.
                  http://www.marinecolorado.org/forums...ront-tank-buld

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                  • #24
                    One of my friends had a single osc clownfish that wouldn't host, he added a much smaller tomato clownfish (mean). The tomato went right to the anemone and hosted...that made the osc curious and was always checking it out, but the tomato would chase him away. After about a month he took the tomato out and the other clown went right into the nem.

                    Like he said getting the fish out is the hard part and it also starts a war sometimes. In his case no war really happened...just a bit of tension.

                    edit: not endorsing or discouraging...just sharing

                    Originally posted by SynDen View Post
                    Ya I had 2 clowns in my tank for over a year and neither showed any interest in the nems. It wasn't until I put in a snowflake clown, that happened to be a bit bigger then my original clowns and basically started a war in my tank, that they finally took to the nems. I tried all the tricks to up till that point but nothing worked. Dont recommend adding a bigger clown to the tank though, it did get my clowns hosting, but created WW III in my tank I ended up having to tear the tank apart to get the snowflake back out of the tank.
                    Last edited by Jeremiah; October 15th, 2014, 09:51 AM.

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                    • #25






                      We finally got them to host. It took every trick in the book (thanks for all your suggestions ) including putting them in a small container, lights, feeding over the anemone. . . But the thing that finally worked, was adding a clown who already knew how. [emoji4] We got a Picasso from silver surfer and waaa laa.
                      Vickie & Steve

                      “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
                      Love like you'll never be hurt,
                      Sing like there's nobody listening,
                      And live like it's heaven on earth.”
                      William W. Purkey

                      Join us as we Explore Colorado one adventure at a time:

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                      • #26
                        Nice!
                        http://www.marinecolorado.org/forums...ront-tank-buld

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                        • #27
                          Very cool. I've had my black / white clowns in the tank for 3 weeks anemone for like 1.5 and one was curious so I tried to put them all in a small area ... no luck. I did the clear tube trick and got my larger clown but he would not swim into the nem and he started to get super stressed. Thinking about adding another clown (or pair?) That knows about anemones is that a good idea? Do I get 1 or a pair?

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