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Pinkheine

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Question: we have two clownfishes. They have gotten blotchy/black spots like some pictured here in this thread. I thought it was possibly because they are hosting corals and the corals are aggrivated by it and stinging them causing these markings. Though upon looking at them it seems as if their black may be growing into more black.

I will have to get a pic and post to see if this is possible. Okay.. Anyone know how common this occurs? Can they get these black pigments around their mouths? (One of ours entire lips have turned black, I thought it was from him tasting the coral (hammer and zoas they are hosting) or is it that he is changing) Is there anyway to tell or time will tell?
 

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I think you are right on Pinkheine. Even though some clownfish will develope more darkness with age. Hosting in stinging corals can cause them to get black spots. My clownfish have pink lips from the RBTA they suckle at.

The spots are a form of Melanism and are most likely caused by the the corals they are hosting and nothing to worry about.

There is a slim chance it can be dietary imbalance. Make sure you are feeding a variety of meaty foods as well as a bit of greens.

Good luck,
Chris
 

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I think you are right on Pinkheine. Even though some clownfish will develope more darkness with age. Hosting in stinging corals can cause them to get black spots. My clownfish have pink lips from the RBTA they suckle at.

The spots are a form of Melanism and are most likely caused by the the corals they are hosting and nothing to worry about.

There is a slim chance it can be dietary imbalance. Make sure you are feeding a variety of meaty foods as well as a bit of greens.

Good luck,
Chris
Alright I really wasn't sure. These clownfish are taking pellets, flake and a large variety of different foods. An entire shelf in my freezer in dedicated to fish food :lol: I have spent more money on food than corals for sure.. if that makes any sense. Though that is why my skimmer works overtime because I like them to be fed happily.. HAHAHA

I really have no knowledge on the subject only from reading an article here or there... I also don't know if these are tank raised or wild caught clownfishes, I didn't even ask. :eek: Thanks for the input. :)
 

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I feed them Formula Two pellets. In the past, I've had frogspawns, BTAs, and other branching corals host my clownfish and they developed black spots as well. But this one does not. He mostly swims and hangs out at the top of tank and i've never seen him get near any of my corals. When I had first got him, he was almost entirely orange and I now see new black spots on him everyday :)
 
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the established clowns will most like be aggressive towards the new clown...how many do you have in the tank...?

one way is to use a breeder container and house the new fish in there for a few weeks and let the clowns get used to having another addition before letting him out..
 

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are the 2 clowns mated?,,,they might not accept the 3rd one...the extra clown may become a loner...i think 2 in a tank is enough though..

+1 with prattreef.....its a whole lotta fun watching them change..
 

NYReefer

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coooool :tongue1: i will def keep an eye on this thread.. are there any species that turn completely black or is it just luck of the draw with genetics?? ive seen random pics of fully black ones.. jw
 

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Will these clowns turn completely black over time??
Even if they do not turn fully black, they will still end up looking like very beautiful onyx clownfish. This is what I am seeing based on the development so far. Personally, I would much rather they not turn fully black, but retain some orange.
 

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wow...love the way your hybrid looks sanjay...
thats the male right...?
what kind of food do you feed them..
oh... and what lighting....
haha...thanks

actually lazyreefer's clown looks like yours too..thats a good sign
 
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NYReefer

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i was likeing the idea of all black but after checking out a bunch of pics I def agree a little orange is better and the one in your picture is amazing!! Im going to have to get my hands on a pair of these in the future!!
 

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