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Clown Fish Breeding Set Up

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by justanotherfishtank, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. justanotherfishtank

    justanotherfishtank Registered

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    Hi, I’m planning on breeding clown fish (as a hobby not business)

    Although I’ve had marine set ups in the past I’ve mainly kept chiclids in recent years. With that said I just want to run my set up by you before I start and see I’ve ive missed or overlooked anything.

    The tank I’m planning to use is 122cm long x 45cm tall and 38cm deep.

    I think it can hold just under 210 litres. I think that’s about 55g

    I don’t have a sump.

    The plan is to put a divider in the tank. I’d use one section for the breeding pair and the other section for the fry to grow out (they would go into a separate tank to hatch until they go through the meta).

    I just plan on using live rock and powerheads as filtration. Maybe a sponge filter in each side too. I have a spare external filter but I don’t think I’ll use it. I was going to use a power head in each section of the tank. I’d probably have a heater in each section also.

    In terms of live rock I was just going to by a couple and then put some normal rock in with it and let it cycle with the live so it becomes live itself.

    I’m thinking of holding off putting a clean up crew with the pair of clownfish in case they go near the eggs...what do you guys think?

    Anything I’ve missed or overlooked? As I say it’s been a few years since I did marine

    Cheers
     
  2. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    Have you considered a host anemone ?

    One piece of equipment i consider vital is a protein skimmer as oxygen is vastly misunderstood in a reef tank

    Even a small hang on is a benefit
     
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    Thanks for your reply,

    I may put an anemone in, however most research I have done suggest a small flower pot for the fish to lay the eggs. I am open to either or both though. What would you suggest?

    Also I didn’t consider a protein skimmer as I have no sump to put it in...are the hang on back ones any good?
     
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    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    hang on back will be better than nothing

    ive seen a few set ups with tiles placed next to the host anenome easily moved then into other section
     
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    Yeah I suppose so, I’ll do some research in to the hang on the backs then!

    Yeah a tile is a possibility, perhaps a tile and flower pot!

    Any other ideas?
     
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    To assist the process on adding dead rock
    You can now buy bacteria in a bottle
    Don’t buy one that does fresh and salt
     
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    Thanks for the tip!

    What do you think about having a clean up crew? Are the likely to get at the eggs?
     
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    I think snails would be fine

    Not sure about anything else though
     
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    Excellent thanks
     
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