Video: The Relationship Between Clown Fish And Anemones
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It is very interesting to observe the coexistence of anemones and clown fish. Many people wonder why clown fish get along so well with anemones? It's all about symbiosis. Such a relationship consists in the fact that animals mutually beneficially exist with each other, i.e. each symbiont receives something useful from a partner. For example, an anemone protects clown fish from other predators, while clown fish provide food for anemones. Another example is the symbiotic yellow algae that live inside the body of a coral that serves as a shelter. The coral itself is fed by the algae.
Two-lane amphiprion (Amphiprion bicinctus)
Anemones are quite sensitive creatures. They do not tolerate poor-quality water, while clown fish are able to live in adverse environmental conditions. Therefore, it is extremely important to monitor the quality of the water. Anemones need very bright lighting and constant water circulation to supply nutrients and carry waste away. Light is vital for anemones - without it they will simply perish. If you notice that the anemone is losing color and throbbing frequently, this is a sure sign that it is sick. Anemones do not know how to demonstrate their condition, therefore if you notice these symptoms, you are unlikely to be able to save her. Healthy anemones breathe fully, their color is fine.
Anemones will take root better in a reef tank than in a regular tank. They cannot tolerate heavily polluted water. Even a reef aquarium is not the best option for them, as anemones can get hurt by corals. If you are planting an anemone in a reef aquarium, make sure there is enough space around the coral.
It is quite interesting to observe clown fish and anemone, because it is rather strange to see fish and cnidaria (coelenterates) together. Clown fish are immune to the stinging cells of anemones, however, sometimes anemones can eat clowns. If you missed the clown in the aquarium, only the anemones are to blame, unless there were other reasons. If any predator gets too close to the anemone, it throws out stinging cells like a small harpoon and paralyzes the aggressor. This is how anemones protect themselves from predators, and this is the reason that clown fish live with them. Presumably, the clownfish does not activate these nematocysts (stinging cells), since it has protective mucus, so the anemone does not perceive the clownfish as an aggressor or does not perceive it at all.
Pink Clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion)
The successful keeping of anemones really depends solely on the quality of the water and its circulation, the lighting and the stability of the aquarium. When buying her from a pet store, make sure her mouth is not open wide and that she is not damaged in any way. In half of the cases, the anemone survives (depending on the conditions in which it lives).
Many aquarists mistreat anemones and can easily injure them. So, if you see an anemone on a rock, buy it along with the reef so as not to injure it while taking it off the rock. If you can't just peel off the anemone, try to carefully slip a credit card under its leg and move it onto the card. Make sure the anemone is underwater at all times. If the anemone dies in the tank, remove it immediately, as it can spoil the water.
In general, keeping anemones is difficult and not recommended for beginner hobbyists. If you managed to successfully grow an anemone, let everyone know. Leave your comments and share interesting facts about anemones.
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