Tip of the Day – 5/6/2012

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Despite their lovable and friendly nature, clownfish should not be housed in an aquarium as mixed species or even multiples of the same species. As juveniles, a mixture such as this would be perfectly fine. In the long term, however, a single clownfish will typically become a dominate female over the rest, often killing the other clowns. For this reason, clownfish should be kept singly or as conspecific pairs only.

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    As witness to the ferocity of a large female clown, my clown was repeatedly biting me as I was in ‘her area’ of my 180 last night.  Being pretty accustomed to her antics, i’ve learned to ignore her for the most part.  It wasn’t until later that I noticed the bloody, chewed up areas on my hands..