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    What's wrong with my clowns

    What's wrong with my clowns, they killed my yellow clown goby 3 weeks ago, now I bought 5 chromis last night, one is dead (I can't find him, like the clown goby) and the other 4 are chased by the 2 clowns.

    I tried to scare them with my hand and the net but they keep charging

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    the same thing happened to all my chromis when I add them to my tank. My clowns picked on them till they were all dead.
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    Clowns are very aggressive about protecting their territory. Chromis, at least in my experience, and the most timid of all the damsels. You might want to try a big pair of three stripes or four stripes (I've had good luck with four stripes) or a large blue damsel. Are the clowns large? I would look for larger, more aggressive fish for your tank.

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    Right now I have :
    1 hippo tang
    1 yellow tang
    1 lawnmower blenny
    2 false perc
    1 neon goby
    1 mandarin
    4 chromis (1 died)

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    I think your way maxed out for fish!!! Don't get any more fish
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    I know.... but I still have a 40 gallons sump!
    anyway that's not the problem... I hate my clownfish now, I just bought them a anemone like 2 weeks ago for them (they hosted after 2 days)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToX
    I know.... but I still have a 40 gallons sump!
    anyway that's not the problem
    That actually might be the problem. If the tank is over-crowded, then the fish won't be able to identify a territory in which they feel safe. This can lead to aggressive behaviour. Unfortunately, the sump won't help with this issue since the fish can't get to it (I know it helps with bioload).
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    Quote Originally Posted by carrhd
    Clowns are very aggressive about protecting their territory. Chromis, at least in my experience, and the most timid of all the damsels. Hank.
    This is correct. Clowns are very aggressive and are also part of the damsel family. They will be somewhat more aggressive toward those of their own kind.
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    I'll wait 2 or 3 days to see if they calm down... I still have 4 chromis so they should be abble to stand there ground

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    ok so I wake up this morning and the "lost" chromis was swimming with the others. I don't know where he was, I looked everywhere yesterday. Any way, the clowns don't seem to be bothering the chromis when only the actinics are on

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