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Postby Nailsinside » Wed 14 Oct, 2015 1:34 am

Hey everyone,

Just wondering what you all feed your clowns and how you go about it.

My tank has been set up for about 11 months now, in which I've had two small clowns for about hmm, 6-7months? I feel as though they should be bigger than they are (however they were quite small when I got them).

I'm just a little concerned that I could be over feeding my tank, but under feeding my clowns as they don't eat anything that reaches the sand bed or rocks. I'll post a daily feeing schedule tomorrow and a little more about my tank specs... but for now if you could just briefly post what you feed and how you do it that would be great.




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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Nailsinside » Wed 14 Oct, 2015 12:29 pm

Here's basically everything I feed my tank.

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I pretty much feed random combinations usually incorporating 3-4 cubes. A also feed my BTAs thawed raw prawn, one or twice every 2-4 days. The pellets I feed once daily to the clowns but they usually miss a lot of it, something I do pellet feeding twice a day.

I thought about getting a automatic feeder for the pellets, as I'm not very good with maintaining a proper twice a day feeding schedule. I mainly just feed a lot at once, which I know is not ideal.

My system is a 130-40L main display with a 80l (I think) sump and a 30l extension tank.

I do not dose anything, I just do weekly 20% WCs, my parameters are good, phosphate levels are great (low 0.10), no algae issues. Salinity is a steady 1.026 and temp fluctuates between 26 - 28*c, 80% of the time the temp is 27-27.2*c

The only issue I do have is a mass population of bristle worms, probably due to my feedings, but I just feel like my clowns aren't getting what they need.



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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby chromus » Wed 14 Oct, 2015 3:14 pm

That seems like a lot.

I chuck in 1 ON cube morning and night into my 1600L system which is tank heavy and my clowns always get some.
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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Matt1961 » Wed 14 Oct, 2015 5:21 pm

I have 700l DT and sump,
2 clowns about 35mm
1 foxface about 110mm
1 blue tang about 60mm
5 chromis about 40mm

I feed 1 cube of ON reef mix daily, 2 feeds of pellets from auto feeder ( mix of marine, algae and aegis new era) literally about a dozen pellets each feed) and a quarter sheet of nori.

I also add a cube of red plankton and a cube of micro plankton on alternate days

My clowns also havnt grown much compared to the BT and foxface
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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby CaptCrash » Wed 14 Oct, 2015 10:10 pm

Nailsinside wrote:Hey everyone,

Just wondering what you all feed your clowns and how you go about it.

My tank has been set up for about 11 months now, in which I've had two small clowns for about hmm, 6-7months? I feel as though they should be bigger than they are (however they were quite small when I got them).

I'm just a little concerned that I could be over feeding my tank, but under feeding my clowns as they don't eat anything that reaches the sand bed or rocks. I'll post a daily feeing schedule tomorrow and a little more about my tank specs... but for now if you could just briefly post what you feed and how you do it that would be great.

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Jared,

A couple of details you can add that will assist in answering your question

What length were your clowns when you got them?
What length are they now?
What species of clownfish are they?

Eg If they are skunk clowns, in 6 months they are not going to grow as fast as Occy or Perc. Whilst Tomato or Clarkii will grow much faster.
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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby ggoosen » Wed 14 Oct, 2015 10:39 pm

Nailsinside wrote:Here's basically everything I feed my tank.

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I pretty much feed random combinations usually incorporating 3-4 cubes. A also feed my BTAs thawed raw prawn, one or twice every 2-4 days. The pellets I feed once daily to the clowns but they usually miss a lot of it, something I do pellet feeding twice a day.

I thought about getting a automatic feeder for the pellets, as I'm not very good with maintaining a proper twice a day feeding schedule. I mainly just feed a lot at once, which I know is not ideal.

My system is a 130-40L main display with a 80l (I think) sump and a 30l extension tank.

I do not dose anything, I just do weekly 20% WCs, my parameters are good, phosphate levels are great (low 0.10), no algae issues. Salinity is a steady 1.026 and temp fluctuates between 26 - 28*c, 80% of the time the temp is 27-27.2*c

The only issue I do have is a mass population of bristle worms, probably due to my feedings, but I just feel like my clowns aren't getting what they need.



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Wooooh that a lot of food! How many fish do you have?
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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Nailsinside » Fri 16 Oct, 2015 1:26 pm

ggoosen wrote:Wooooh that a lot of food! How many fish do you have?


Just have my two clowns, and a redline cleaner shrimp. I like to have a variety and change the combos around a bit :)


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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Nailsinside » Fri 16 Oct, 2015 1:29 pm

chromus wrote:That seems like a lot.

I chuck in 1 ON cube morning and night into my 1600L system which is tank heavy and my clowns always get some.


Sorry, but what is an ON cube?


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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Nailsinside » Fri 16 Oct, 2015 1:36 pm

CaptCrash wrote:Jared,

A couple of details you can add that will assist in answering your question

What length were your clowns when you got them?
What length are they now?
What species of clownfish are they?

Eg If they are skunk clowns, in 6 months they are not going to grow as fast as Occy or Perc. Whilst Tomato or Clarkii will grow much faster.


They are Ocellaris clown fish, I got them when they were tiny, maybe about 30-40mm in length they are now roughly 40-50mm long


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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Nailsinside » Fri 16 Oct, 2015 1:39 pm

So obviously I am over feeding the tank, which would explain the number of bristle I have. I will cut back of feedings, introduce an auto feeder (twice a day pellets) , and one cube morning and evening.


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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Matt1961 » Fri 16 Oct, 2015 9:17 pm

Nailsinside wrote:
chromus wrote:That seems like a lot.

I chuck in 1 ON cube morning and night into my 1600L system which is tank heavy and my clowns always get some.


Sorry, but what is an ON cube?


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Ocean nutrition fish food :roflmao:

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Re: Clown fish feeding

Postby Nailsinside » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 4:06 pm

Matt1961 wrote:Ocean nutrition fish food :roflmao:


Haha, thanks



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