Clown fish getting aggressive

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#1
i have had my clown fish for over a year and suddenly she attacks my hand every time I put it in the water. If I’m doing a water change, taking a water sample, etc. lord forbid I try to move a rock. I added a smaller clown about three months ago and they did the whole “ who’s going to be the dominant one” thing and now they are together all the time. The smaller clown has now gotten bigger but still seems to be the submissive one. ( both are aprox 1 1/2 inches long). My question is will Luke and Leia bully any new fish I get. I’m planning on getting an aquacultured mandarin in the next few months and I’m kinds worried that Leia will attack any other fish I add. Would it be ok or should I add another tank to my collection and move the clowns so I can add more fish to my existing tank. Btw. It’s a 29 gal cube FOWLR tank.
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lmforbis

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#2
The tank is small so you may have long term issues with bullying. As for the mandarin, your tank is way too small to support a mandarin.
 
#3
The tank is small so you may have long term issues with bullying. As for the mandarin, your tank is way too small to support a mandarin.
I understand that mandarin’s are a challenging fish to keep. That is why I’m going to spend the extra money to get a aquacultured/tank raised one. They eat frozen, flakes, and pellets as well as live foods like copepods and baby brine shrimp. I hatch my own brine shrimp as well as have a copepod culture going already. I will be upgrading in the future and will move the mandarin to the larger tank. My son is getting a aquarium for his birthday and if need be I’ll move the clowns to his tank and they can have it all to themselves.
 

jay0705

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#4
Biting in clowns is normal. I have 4 clowns. 3 occ and a maroon. The only one that doesn't bite me is the maroon lol. They generally leave new fish alone. DO NOT ,add any more clowns tho
 
#5
No plans for any more clowns. Lol. Princess Leia is awfully brave for such a tiny fish. Lol. I have had here for a year and she’s still only maybe an inch long. She eats like a pig and always begs me for food. Lol. My son wants black clowns so I’m hoping I can keep Luke and Leia in my tank. She never bothers anyone else in the tank so I’m hoping it stays that way.
 

jay0705

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#6
Word of warning, blacks start showing orange as they get older. Mine is a black body w orange lips. She is 3 yrs old
 
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