Saltwater Aquarium/anemones


I have a few anemones.. But one large Green Carpet and he has eaten 2 of my medium Black Clown fish.. I am wondering if he will keep eating more of my clownfish and why he would eat them at all.... Can the clowns go from one anemone to another or do they not do that.. It seems since the green carpet ate the 2 clowns my other clowns seen afraid of the anemones ..or do you think it just seems that why..     Thanks for your time Val

Hi Valerie:

Sorry for your loss...

The only advice I have to give you, is perhaps he's not getting fed enough. Make sure you are feeding your Carpet Anemone at least a few times a week, or even daily feedings, especially if he's more on the large size. Food items can include fresh or thawed frozen prepared foods, for example silversides, shrimp, chunks of fresh fish and other meaty marine foods... Also proper lighting is extremely important; if you have proper lighting, this will help the Carpet Anemone, because they host photosynthetic zooxanthellate in their tissues, which produces sugars, carbohydrates, and other essentials.

Also tank size may be playing a role in regards to your issue. How big is your tank? You may want to think about moving it to another tank or trading it back to your LFS.

I wish you luck with all your future saltwater aquarium endeavors.

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