Where once there were three anemones, now there are two. We are still searching for the third anemone. I hope he surfaces soon to eat. They weren’t too expensive, thank goodness, $20 each. Some fish cost $50-$100 or more. We try to stay under $100. It’s crazy because they don’t live long at times due to stress going from one tank home to another. We have lost many fish over the years that way. I try to rein my husband back from buying too many.
It’s a 95-gallon saltwater tank that only has two clown fish and three (or maybe two now) anemones. It needs more fish but we will wait a little while before adding more. We want to see how the anemones do in the meantime. I love watching them sway with the flow of the water. They are beautiful and so graceful.
Unfortunately, the clown fish, Nemo and Marlin, are still hiding behind the rocks and have not hosted either of the two remaining anemones. The clown fish, one larger than the other is actually a female, and the other smaller one is a male. If there are three males in a tank one will change to a female in order to keep the species going.
We noticed that the fish have been digging a hole. It looks like they may lay some eggs in there. Now if they just leave them alone so they can hatch and live long enough to hide and not be eaten by their parents.
This happened once before in a smaller tank with two clown fish. They laid eggs but then the eggs disappeared because they ate them. Sigh! We were supposed to scoop them out and put them in another tank. We didn’t know that at the time. Now with the bigger tank we hope they will be safer when they hatch. There are plenty of places to hide out.
There is so much we still don’t know about our fish and their behavior. Some of it we have learned by observation. Other information we obtained from the fish store and online. Fish are really fascinating creatures to watch.
I keep checking on the anemones since the third one disappeared. The two remaining ones appear to be content since John fed them some clams using a baster. He put the pieces of fish right into the center of the anemones and they gripped it with their tentacles. Wow! Quite a sight to watch. I should have snapped a photo of him doing it but I was so fascinated by it that I forgot.
Right now I have over 10K photos on my phone and iPad. Yikes! Now my Apple Watch doesn’t work because of the overload. I am addicted to taking photos. Love it! I enjoy sharing my photos with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
If you compare the photo above with the one I shared at the beginning of this post you will see how much bigger they look. That is only in two days’ time. John will feed them again at dinner time. We have to keep them happy and content so they will grow and eventually the clowns will become interested in hosting them. Fingers crossed.
Stay tuned for more info on these lovely creatures. Oh, by the way they do sting if you touch them. We were told by the store clerk where we purchased them. All fish will sting or bite you if they feel threatened. Some bites will be minor nips while others can be more punishing or even deadly.
Check back on other fish posts below this post for which ones can be deadly. Hint: one has the colors of a lion and takes the same name.
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Have you given them names? Maybe Fern and Rose?
No, we don’t give the anemones names since they don’t live very long for us. We keep trying to keep them alive longer but we haven’t been lucky yet. Hope these two will do well. We can’t find the third one yet. I like Fern & Rose though. 🥰
Fascinating post. Thanks for all the fun facts. I didn’t know most of that. I did know about the eggs/baby fish getting eaten by the older fish though, as it happens with a lot of fish, and happened to some of my Mam’s a few times… Can’t remember which species of hers that was though.