Can a clown host a toadstool coral without harm?

Discussion in 'Clownfish & Anemones' started by dsmccain, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. dsmccain

    dsmccain New Member

    Hi, new to coral keeping, and have been looking at anemones, which I don't think I am a fan of due to their aggressive behavior. I was looking at beginner corals, and noticed the toadstool coral. I would like to know if a clown can successfully host one without doing harm to the clown itself, or the toadstool. Thanks
  2. flower

    flower Well-Known Member

    Originally Posted by dsmccain

    Hi, new to coral keeping, and have been looking at anemones, which I don't think I am a fan of due to their aggressive behavior. I was looking at beginner corals, and noticed the toadstool coral. I would like to know if a clown can successfully host one without doing harm to the clown itself, or the toadstool. Thanks

    I had a couple that loved to wallow in my flower pot coral, the ones I have now host the tubes of my canister filters. I had clowns kill coral by trying to host it, the coral wouldn't come out and died.
    Clowns don't always host the anemone even if you have one and I do by the way. I don't blame you for not wanting one they are a PITA.. If you like the clowns get them, and don't concern yourself with getting them to host anything.
    If you only want a clown because it is cool to see them host...you may be very disappointed..many people are.
  3. reefaholic33

    reefaholic33 New Member

    I have a pair that hosts a huge toadstool and no harm done.
  4. meowzer

    meowzer Moderator Staff Member

    Originally Posted by Flower


    If you only want a clown because it is cool to see them host...you may be very disappointed..many people are.
    LOL....Mine also host the tubes of my filter and I have a very nice bta that they don't go near
    They will choose what they host or do not host :(
  5. dsmccain

    dsmccain New Member

    thanks for the input, i've just been trying to put the blueprints together on what i would like to do with the tank. this time around, i want it to seem more alive.
  6. btldreef

    btldreef Moderator Staff Member

    A clown can host just about anything in the tank, but it's up to them to decide what, if anything, they will host.
    As a general rule, allowing a clown to host a coral is not a good idea, especially if it's the female that's hosting. Clowns usually beat corals to death while hosting.
  7. hallzy

    hallzy New Member

    Sometimes it depends on what kind of clown you get. I've never had any luck getting a percula to host my BTA, but I got a saddleback and it hosted my BTA after 2 days. From what I hear though, perculas usually arnt intrested in hosting anemones.
  8. gill again68

    gill again68 New Member

    I bought a toadstool for my clowns and they decided on a nice spot next to a star polyp. I got lucky, Im glad mine arnt hanging around the intake tube
  9. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

  10. blackjacktang

    blackjacktang New Member

    my mated pair of maroons did this, then it died so they thought it would be cool to host some hair algae, not kidding:)
  11. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    However, a clown hosting a coral can certainly damage and/or kill a coral. This toadstool almost was killed by the clown. It is not a coral's natural role to host clowns.
  12. blackjacktang

    blackjacktang New Member

    Originally Posted by Beth

    However, a clown hosting a coral can certainly damage and/or kill a coral. This toadstool almost was killed by the clown. It is not a coral's natural role to host clowns.
    really? how is this
  13. btldreef

    btldreef Moderator Staff Member

    Originally Posted by Blackjacktang

    really? how is this
    The clown will just beat on it, treating it like an anemone. Clowns beat on what their hosting with their fins and tails. Eventually the polyps of the coral stop extending and the coral dies. This will happen 90% of the time a clown hosts a coral, sometimes it's quick, and sometimes it takes a long time, but it will happen. And have fun cleaning your water if it kills a leather in your tank (such as a toadstool) because it will be a disaster.
  14. mrdc

    mrdc New Member

    My clown has recently killed my bubble coral that he was hosting. He just kept beating it up. My first coral death since I returned to the hobby. That POS marroon clown just might have to go.
  15. blackjacktang

    blackjacktang New Member

    Originally Posted by BTLDreef

    The clown will just beat on it, treating it like an anemone. Clowns beat on what their hosting with their fins and tails. Eventually the polyps of the coral stop extending and the coral dies. This will happen 90% of the time a clown hosts a coral, sometimes it's quick, and sometimes it takes a long time, but it will happen. And have fun cleaning your water if it kills a leather in your tank (such as a toadstool) because it will be a disaster.
    wow, i never knew this, the large toadstool leather in my profile pic was hosted by a mated pair of clowns and if that thing dies it would of been a major disaster
  16. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    Here is the same clown on a leather....before and after.

  17. mr.clownfish

    mr.clownfish New Member

    here is my clownfish hosting leather. everything turned out to be ok, the coral was not harmed.
  18. gwhunter

    gwhunter Guest

    It depends on the clown, I've had percs host leathers without incident but I've got a large maroon that almost killed the leather. Just loved it too much I guess.
    Matt
  19. mr.clownfish

    mr.clownfish New Member

    it depends on the leather, i had 2 maroons hosting that leather and the coral didnt mind at all, they loved it toooo much. it was a large sized leather too.

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