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    Posted: September 06 2010 at 1:04pm
Hey everybody, I'm becoming enveloped more each day by saltwater fish and their corals. Its Amazazing! Also very beautiful.Star

O.k, about me and my fish experience. I have never owned, cared, or raised any saltwater fish. Or any fish for that matter. My brother has a 90g tank with a great setup. He has had the tank for about a year now. Clap
About a week ago I bought a 10g tank and I have no fish. I bought the 10g tank in hopes of breeding my brothers False Perculas. They are beautiful! I've read a little about breeding them, but only on sites around the net. I've actually found very detailed info on breeding them here  http://forums.saltwaterfish.com/forum/thread/100887/raising-clownfish-101m and here http://forums.saltwaterfish.com/forum/thread/295987/breeding-clownfish .Big smile

Anyhow, I really want to get these clownfish bred. I'm looking for lots of supplies. If anybody here has any advice or supplies, I would love to hear anything you have to say.

thanks! Embarrassed


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This hobby is very fun but also very involved. I would start with making that 10 gal tank into a reef to gain some experience with reefkeeping before trying to tackle one of the most involved parts of our hobby, the raising of fish.

Here are two threads to help you start to learn more from the locals who are trying and from the locals that have done it:

http://www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=43239

http://www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=43208

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I did consider making it a reef tank, however my brother urged me into helping him breed his clownfish. He has no time to do it himself, as it does take time to raise the rotifers and algae.
He did offer to help watch and maintain the conditions of the tank for me. The 10g tank is in his house with his 90g tank.Geek

He has a 90g reef tank with about 8 or 9 fish, tons of coral, and tons of live rock.
I'm not raising my hopes at all because I've heard other stories of clownfish breeding, that haven't worked out too well. I guess it just takes time. :)Ouch
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You are definitely taking a huge plunge! Just don't get too discouraged. Keeping a reef tank and fish is much easier than breeding them and raising the fry. That's why you don't see a lot of it happening outside of larger companies. I'd love to see someone be successful at it!
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The major reason it isn't being done much is that it is very labor intensive and not really worth it. Until wild caught clownfish cost a lot more, a person can't make any money at it. Even the company that was doing it here in Utah 10 years ago couldn't make money at it.

Begging your pardon, but it sounds like it would be a situation of the blind leading the blind. You have a great learning challenge ahead of you. Have you read those threads I linked above and have you found the Joyce Wilkerson Clownfish "bible"?

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Welcome Andy! If I can help you please let me know.
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Welcome.

If you're raising clowns for fun go for it. 

If you're raising clowns as a side business, I would pass.  After it's all said and done, it either at or below minimum wage when you look at your balance sheet.
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Welcome to the addiction!! Been there and done that. Breading for profit is extremely difficult at best. For fun is a different story!!!
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