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Pinkheine 03-27-2009 08:09 AM

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?

Arati 03-27-2009 08:24 AM

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

Pinkheine 03-27-2009 08:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arati (Post 582490)
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. :o Thanks for the input. :)

nycpassat 03-27-2009 10:02 AM

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 :)

Malibu361 03-27-2009 09:42 PM

Has anyone addded them to a tank with clowns already present?If so any aggression issues?

autoponicz 04-02-2009 03:15 PM

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..

Malibu361 04-02-2009 03:21 PM

2 clowns currently...

NYReefer 04-02-2009 03:49 PM

Will these clowns turn completely black over time??

prattreef 04-02-2009 03:52 PM

no one knows-- that is the cool part-- seeing what happens with them.

autoponicz 04-02-2009 03:55 PM

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..


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