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Old 07/21/2019, 06:49 PM   #1
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Clown fish tank size

Hello all, I am a new to the hobbie and I was wondering if a 10 gallon tank would work for 1-2 clownfish. I've been doing a lot of research and I have heard 20 gallon minimum but also 10 gallons would work fine. I just wanted to make sure before I go out and buy everything for the tank because I want to start the cycling process asap! Thanks everyone!

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Old 07/21/2019, 07:07 PM   #2
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Hello all, I am a new to the hobbie and I was wondering if a 10 gallon tank would work for 1-2 clownfish. I've been doing a lot of research and I have heard 20 gallon minimum but also 10 gallons would work fine. I just wanted to make sure before I go out and buy everything for the tank because I want to start the cycling process asap! Thanks everyone!

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I kept a pair in a ten gallon when I first started the hobby (fish only tank). They are in my 30 now with one other fish but honestly they rarely leave the right corner. A 20 gallon would be better imo but a ten would be fine for the first year if they're small

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Old 07/21/2019, 07:22 PM   #3
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I'll just do the fish a favor and do a 20 gallon, thanks for the reply!

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Old 07/22/2019, 02:14 AM   #4
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20 gallon will be perfectly fine for clownfish (percula & ocellaris) but the other, larger anemonefish may need larger tanks.

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Old 07/22/2019, 05:15 AM   #5
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I agree with ThRoewer. As a Newbie, you probably mean Ocellaris or Percula when you said clownfish. They would be fine in a 10 or 20 gal. Some of the other species will out grow it quickly. Post a picture and we tell you for sure. Just get the Ocellaris (LFS often call them Percula) or a Percular pair (LFS often call them True Perc or True Percula). Some of the other clownfish can get large and can be aggressive with other fish.
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I'll just do the fish a favor and do a 20 gallon, thanks for the reply!

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Good choice. With the 20 gallon you'll have more stability, more room for the fish to grow and a greater margin for error should anything bad ever happen.


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I agree with ThRoewer. As a Newbie, you probably mean Ocellaris or Percula when you said clownfish. They would be fine in a 10 or 20 gal. Some of the other species will out grow it quickly. Post a picture and we tell you for sure. Just get the Ocellaris (LFS often call them Percula) or a Percular pair (LFS often call them True Perc or True Percula). Some of the other clownfish can get large and can be aggressive with other fish.
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Thanks for the reply! Yes I did mean Ocellaris! I will be going to my local fish shop in a few weeks to see if they have some. Wish me luck!

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Thanks for the reply! Yes I did mean Ocellaris! I will be going to my local fish shop in a few weeks to see if they have some. Wish me luck!

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If you go for captive bred, make sure to look for Sea & Reef captive bred as they are far better (nearly deformity free) than what ORA offers on captive bred anemonefish.

If you are looking for percula, a local store here (which also ships) has 2 smaller Irian Jaya percula right now.

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Old 07/22/2019, 01:33 PM   #9
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If you go for captive bred, make sure to look for Sea & Reef captive bred as they are far better (nearly deformity free) than what ORA offers on captive bred anemonefish.

If you are looking for percula, a local store here (which also ships) has 2 smaller Irian Jaya percula right now.

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Thanks for telling me! Unfortunately my tank hasn't had anytime to build up the beneficial bacteria that I need. I will make sure to look for Reef clowns! The picture I posted was just what I was looking for, I won't be buying any clowns online if I don't have to! I try to support my local fish shops

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Thanks for telling me! Unfortunately my tank hasn't had anytime to build up the beneficial bacteria that I need. I will make sure to look for Reef clowns! The picture I posted was just what I was looking for, I won't be buying any clowns online if I don't have to! I try to support my local fish shops

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I agree with ThRoewer, make sure to look for "Sea and Reef" clowns. "Sea and Reef" is the name of the company who breads them. My clownfish herem tank is all sea and reef clowns and they are doing great 2 years in and while they dont sell directly to the public most stores care them. Also Sea and Reef has some of the best designer clowns IMO.

When I built out my herem tank they really worked with me through my LFS to get exactly what i wanted.

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Old 07/22/2019, 05:57 PM   #11
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I just picked these 2 occy's up locally.

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