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    tomato clown.. wierd habit..

    I bought a pair of tomato clowns from IJO about 2 - 3 weeks ago. I believe they are adults. They look great and soo far seem happy with my setup.

    Just wondering why the male keeps diging large craters in the sand.. then showing it to the female. is he trying to make a nest ? so far he has made one in the front of the tank.. about 1' Long, 5" wide and 3" deep and one in the back right part, round & ~ 6" diam. and dug right to the glass.

    also, everytime he's around her, he vibrates his body really fast..... I'm tempted to say he's just a H_ _ _Y little bugger.

    what u all think ?

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    I agree.... he's in the mood to party...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    the female just looks bored..
    ahh.. so its true... they are just like humans!!

    lol

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    Ive got a pair of perc clowns that do the same thing, constantly digging craters in the sand by wiggling there body.

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    maybe they miss a host anemony or coral ?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    I read Joyce Wilkerson's book about clownfish. This has nothing to do with missing a host anemone or coral, this is typical mating behaviour. They don't lay eggs in their host. I'll bet if you put a piece of flower pot or something with a smooth surface in the tank the female won't act so bored :-)
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    hmm you mean a piece of flower pot broken and flipped so its like a spoon ? or a whole flowerpot ? also what are the chances of survival for the eggs ? do I have to remove the eggs and make them a refugium ? or I let them hatch in there.. ? how about feeding the hatchlings..?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    Cool

    my clowns have lay'd eggs so many times I can't remember! They do look for a smooth surface[gotta protect those jewels!] and the eggs cling better. They are always trying to unearth the smoothest rock but a flowerpot works great and I use a piece of slab stone from my old freshwater tank days.Never fails, but lately there taken a break and probaly need it.The twitch and stuff all normal and they even argue sometimes!

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    It doesn't have to be a full flowerpot, a piece layed up against something at an angle would be fine. Don't count on survivors in a reef tank, they'll get eaten. If you're interested, pick up the book I mentioned, it really is a simplified how to book on breeding clownfish. Lots of other information as well, it's how I first learned to culture phytoplankton and rotifers.
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    k, ill try to get my hands on that book.

    I'll try the flowerpot thing tonight. how big a piece is needed ? 6" diam ?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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