Thursday, December 4, 2014

Taking Care Of Your Clownfish

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The clownfish is one of the first fish that comes to mind for anyone who is thinking about starting a saltwater fish tank. Clownfish are inexpensive for a saltwater fish, and in addition to being fun and engaging, they are really quite easy to take care of. But you must make sure you understand what goes into taking care of a clownfish before you ever buy one, as they must be accommodated properly in order to thrive.

One of the most important things a clownfish needs is space; they will make their home in one area, but they will also want to travel. If you have a tank that is smaller than 30 gallons, it is not a good idea to try to add a clownfish. The bigger your tank is, the happier your clownfish will be, as a big tank will enable them to roam and explore as much as they want.

Even though the clownfish is a great "first fish" for your tank, it will need one particular thing before it can truly feel comfortable; it will need an anemone. The sea anemone has tentacles that can sting most fish, but clownfish use the anemone as their home because the anemones' sting does not affect them. While you can get away with housing a clownfish and not giving them an anemone, it will go a long way in helping your anemone thrive if you give them everything they need.

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Lastly, in order to keep the water conditions just right for your clownfish, you will need to know what the right water conditions are. The temperature in your fish tank should be kept between 76 and 82 degrees for your clownfish, and the salinity of the water should be kept between 1.020 and 1.026.

Your clownfish will get along quite well with the other fish in your tank, especially if you have an anemone for them; clownfish are territorial, but no fish will try to steal their home if they have an anemone. As long as you take care of your clownfish properly, you will have a fun and entertaining fish that will add color and life to your fish tank for a long time to come!

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