View Full Version : HELP - Fighting Clownfish

07/21/2017, 12:01 PM
Hi Guys,

In desperate need of some help...

I have two Clownfish. When purchased as a pair one was a bit bigger than the other and they have live in harmony ever since - no problems.

So, they are the only two fish I have in a 20G with a cleaner shrimp and two corals. Water params all okay.

The last two days the smaller of the two has literally seemed to try and kill the larger of the two. To the point where the larger is now hiding constantly behind rock on the surface and is quite pale in colour.

I just don't know what to do I don't have a second tank to split them and I'm heading on holiday for two days in the morning.


Thank you all

07/21/2017, 03:08 PM
Take one back to your local store?

07/21/2017, 03:39 PM
I would but it's late here UK and I leave at 5am the next day...

07/21/2017, 07:04 PM
while you are gon put one in the sump, if you don't have a sump then separate them somehow with something like a specimen box or breeder box. Something that will allow the water to get throw but not the fish

Ryan Darilek
07/21/2017, 09:27 PM
Since its last minute and you likely don't have a sump or a breeder box, use a strainer (maybe called a colander in your neck of the woods?). Wash it really good and put it in your tank so that the handles rest on the rims of your tank and it is submerged in the water enough for the smaller jerk of a fish to fit. Should be good for the two days. Not sure if you have one the right size to make work, but wanted to give you another idea :)

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07/23/2017, 05:07 AM
Ugh my clown didnt make it :-( Fins were in really bad shape too!

Im gutted! I thought it was normally the bigger female of the two that was aggressive?!

07/23/2017, 11:26 AM
try feed them more I have 30 and feed 4x a day no problems

07/24/2017, 06:03 AM
What kind of clowns do you have? The larger of the two may not have been in great health and could not exert dominate on the smaller of the two was what happened. Either that or the smaller one is just a particularly aggressive one.
I have a very beautiful Onyx wild caught A. percula with similar temperament. He is small but really beat up any somewhat larger clowns I try to pair him with. He ripped one of the dorsal fin, resulting in permanent deformity to that clown. I was able to remove him in time so there were no permanent injury to any of my other fish.
I have to pair him with my mammoth female. She was more than twice his length before he did not try to fight her.

Even if he is really beautiful with full color, I don't think I want to raise any of his babies because this mean streak is not want I want in my clowns.

07/24/2017, 01:56 PM

Never had a single issue with them - It just same out of nowhere then the larger clown turned a cloudy white colour as the fighting went on.

May have been Brooklynella not sure if the clown started turning colour prior or after the aggression but I didn't notice anything there were always so vibrant in colour I think I would have noticed.

The smaller clown looks absolutely fine.