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My Clownfish Bites

Postby briano » Mon 11 Jun, 2018 10:11 pm

Every time I put my hand in the tank one of my Ocellaris really bites hard.
This is very bad if I have picked up a big rock, it is so startling that I am in danger of smashing something.
It is living in a BTA right up at the top of the tank, so I guess I am threatening his territory.
Anyone else getting bitten?
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Re: My Clownfish Bites

Postby Slartibartfast » Tue 12 Jun, 2018 11:51 am

Nasty little suckers they are. All I can say is that eventually you get used to it...mine has been doing that for over 2 years now.
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Re: My Clownfish Bites

Postby Basenji » Tue 12 Jun, 2018 1:24 pm

Occelaris are pretty mild in the biting department.
My pair of A. ephippium are near life threatening. They have drawn blood in the past.

I find that distracting them by putting some food in the tank before I have to put my hands in helps.

Even then, if they have eggs on the go you put your hands near their brood at your own peril.
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Re: My Clownfish Bites

Postby Grungefreek » Tue 12 Jun, 2018 11:48 pm

Its a clown thing, my Clarkii do it, Like Colins they draw blood. When they had eggs they have jumped out of the water and got me while my hands were working above the water, kid you not. One missed one day and ended up on the floor.
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Re: My Clownfish Bites

Postby Aydee » Wed 13 Jun, 2018 6:42 pm

Mine is terror incarnate. Has even learned that the webbing between fingers is ultra sensitive and targets that area.
Drawn blood several times.

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Re: My Clownfish Bites

Postby retro » Thu 16 May, 2019 5:41 pm

I have a pair of medium sized Occelaris that inhabit yellow Coral Polyps
I am in the tank and around them quite a lot ,keeping on top of a Caulerpa outbreak
and they have never ever even looked like attacking my hand
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