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    non anenome host?

    I will be ading a pair of clowns to my 10G and would like to know what would be the best item to add to the tank. As this is a 10G I do not want to put an anenome in the tank as I feel this would be cruel.

    What other items have been know to serve well as hosts for clowns?
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    I've had clowns host in xenia, and fingerleathers myself. They won't truly host in them though. They'll use them for shelter but with an anenome, they'll actually have a bind or relationship of cleaning, feeding and protecting each other. give it a try though. Why not just get a small anenome? Just make sure you get the right one for the type of clown you have.
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    one reason I do not want an anenome is they can move around. Ther is not a whole lot of room in a 10G to begin with and the thought of it moving on me is just someting i don't want to deal with.

    I realize the clown will not truly host in a leather or other coral. I am trying to keep the clowns as happy as possible in their enviroment.
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    I've had true percs host nicely in big hairy mushrooms. The mushrooms didn't seem to mind, and they didn't need a bunch of light or care.

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    Light should not be too much of an issue. At the moment i am leaning twards some Xenia and posibly a toadstool leather.
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    Try ocellaris clowns, they're not really attached to any sort of host and don't seem to mind not having one.

    Besides they're also a non-agressive type of clown.
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    Some people make a synthetic type of anemone out of cutup elastic bands. Quite often, this works rather well. I've read of this a few times.

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    I second ReefVan. Get a pair of Oscellaris (perferably start with two juvenilles). As for the host, get a toadstool leather. Easy to keep and doesn't require a lot of light. My two clowns host in my toadstool (largest coral in the tank), and have so far ignored my BTA.

    BTW: mine also took six months to host in anything, so you have to be patient.

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