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Old 08/28/2017, 09:39 AM   #1
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Clown Harem Tank - I'll Document my progress :)

Hey!

So I'm starting a clown Harem tank. I've been watching the BRS tank for a few years now and I've been wanting to give it a go.

Tank is cycled and ready to go.

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60 gallon tank
78 lbs of rock
40 lbs of sand
LED Light
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Gravity - 1.025
Ammonia/Nitrite - 0 PPM
Nitrates - >10 ppm


I'm getting the fish this Thursday and I've ordered 15 Reg Oscellarias clowns.

They are all from the same clutch!

They are less than 1 inch. My QT Tank is currently occupied with other fish so I haven't had any Nems yet. In case I need to treat for ick/velvet. I have some coming, I just want to make sure they don't die. My thought is that they are less than 1 in so the aggression should be limited until I had Nems.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I'm excited for this!


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Old 08/28/2017, 09:46 AM   #2
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Trying to post a picture of my tank and failing epically.


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Old 08/28/2017, 09:55 AM   #3
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Following. I'm looking at doing the same kind of setup


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Old 08/28/2017, 11:25 AM   #4
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I'm getting the fish this Thursday and I've ordered 15 Reg Oscellarias clowns.

They are all from the same clutch!

They are less than 1 inch. My QT Tank is currently occupied with other fish so I haven't had any Nems yet. In case I need to treat for ick/velvet. I have some coming, I just want to make sure they don't die. My thought is that they are less than 1 in so the aggression should be limited until I had Nems.
A few comments:

1. Since the fish are captive bred, they should be disease free.

2. IME, there is more aggression in a tank without anemones. The fish don't have any place to hide, so they can't run from the bullies. I definitely recommend multiple anemones so that the fish can spread out. Natural host anemones work the best, but if you don't have experience with anemones, it's best to start with an easy to keep species such as BTAs.

3, When you get the anemones, after your QT process in a separate tank, when introduced into the DT it's best to have a barrier to keep the clownfish away until the anemone settles into its new habitat. However, this may not be an issue because your fish are small.


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Old 08/28/2017, 11:27 AM   #5
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Here's my 60 gallon (48" x 24" x 12") clownfish and anemone tank:




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Old 08/28/2017, 11:35 AM   #6
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A few comments:

1. Since the fish are captive bred, they should be disease free.

2. IME, there is more aggression in a tank without anemones. The fish don't have any place to hide, so they can't run from the bullies. I definitely recommend multiple anemones so that the fish can spread out. Natural host anemones work the best, but if you don't have experience with anemones, it's best to start with an easy to keep species such as BTAs.

3, When you get the anemones, after your QT process in a separate tank, when introduced into the DT it's best to have a barrier to keep the clownfish away until the anemone settles into its new habitat. However, this may not be an issue because your fish are small.
Thanks for the info! I am sure they don't have any disease but I've had velvet and ick breakouts before so I want to cover all grounds. Better safe than sorry.


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Old 08/28/2017, 11:20 PM   #7
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Following along! I'll be embarking on this as soon as I find time to plumb everything in the tank.

I'm going to be introducing one or two anemone first, and making sure they're fully established before getting the clownfish.

I've been reading about H. Magnificas, and they seem pretty tough as a first try. I might get a BTA first to try it, then invest in a Mag (with a full proper treatment tank + cipro).


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Old 08/29/2017, 09:44 PM   #8
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Following along! I'll be embarking on this as soon as I find time to plumb everything in the tank.

I'm going to be introducing one or two anemone first, and making sure they're fully established before getting the clownfish.

I've been reading about H. Magnificas, and they seem pretty tough as a first try. I might get a BTA first to try it, then invest in a Mag (with a full proper treatment tank + cipro).
I found something on ebay that sells ten 4-6 inch BTAs for about $300. If I can save the money I might just get that because I really want them to take over the tank and get that anemone flowing affect.


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Old 08/29/2017, 10:42 PM   #9
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I found something on ebay that sells ten 4-6 inch BTAs for about $300. If I can save the money I might just get that because I really want them to take over the tank and get that anemone flowing affect.
omg, that is A LOT of BTA's. If you got a couple, they would eventually split. I think introducing 10 at a time might be too much?


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omg, that is A LOT of BTA's. If you got a couple, they would eventually split. I think introducing 10 at a time might be too much?
I completely agree. BTAs are common and should be able to be purchased for the same price from local hobbyists or LFS -- WITHOUT having to purchase 10 of them. Introducing 10 at once is asking for trouble.


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Old 08/31/2017, 10:34 AM   #11
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I completely agree. BTAs are common and should be able to be purchased for the same price from local hobbyists or LFS -- WITHOUT having to purchase 10 of them. Introducing 10 at once is asking for trouble.

I was thinking the same thing! Thanks for the information!

I ORDERED THE CLOWNS TODAY AND THEY WILL BE HERE TOMORROW

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How many clowns did you order?


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How many clowns did you order?
15 but I think he sent me 16-17?


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Old 09/01/2017, 12:46 PM   #14
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Old 09/01/2017, 05:14 PM   #15
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https://youtu.be/l1-YXArcrRQ

The video should be live by 6 PM CST

I am going to go ahead and post this experience and my other reefing experience on youtube! Let me know what you think!


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It's live if you want to watch


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Old 09/01/2017, 09:55 PM   #17
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Sitting in bed and staring at the tank.

So I received 16 clowns today and that is the official count!

It is interesting to not that that about 12 have gravitated toward the left side of the tank and 4 are on the right side of the tank and rarely venture over to the other side. I don't know if that is early on heirarcy developing amoung the clowns but I'll see!

On a brighter note, the breeder told me he keeps Cu in his systems so that should me (hopefully) that they are disease free!

I'll monitor them over the next couple of weeks to make sure they are ok. I'll need to purchase a better light for the BTAs. Excited to have fish in the tank


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Old 09/02/2017, 04:23 AM   #18
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I just watched someone in a car for most of the video, not sure if I got the right link. Anyway, congrats!


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Old 09/02/2017, 08:48 PM   #19
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I was in the car for like the first 45 seconds of the video.

So hopefully that wasn't most. It should have been just under 7 mins long?


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Old 09/10/2017, 08:29 PM   #20
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UPDATE

So to update. I added a canister filter to the tank!

The reason I did this is because I am feeding 4 times a day. I wanted more surface area to counter act the high bioload in the tank. I'm measure nitrates and they are stable around 10 ppm. I do a 6 gallon water change every three days (Takes about 10 minutes) and that helps alot. Tank is crystal clear. The canister filter was rated up to 125 gallons so that is twice what I need for my tank. Lets see how this goes


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Old 09/10/2017, 08:44 PM   #21
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What's in the canister filter? Your skimmer isn't pulling enough out?


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Aquascaping looks unstable and doesn't look right.


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Old 09/11/2017, 10:43 AM   #23
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I stacked 4 of the 5 compartments with filter floss. Wanted to clear up the water after adding the goby.

I put a bag of carbon and bio-balls in the middle compartment just because I had them laying around.

Whats wrong with the aquascaping? I like how it looks. I did put putty between the rocks so its pretty stable.


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