Dealing with a Evil Clown

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by GDawson, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    So am I the only one with a clown that bites? Haven’t been able to get a hand anywhere in the tank without being attacked by the ungrateful b*tch. I’ve been trying to done some aquascaping and every time when I least expect it *BAM* she takes a little hunk of skin off. She seems to know to bite above the glove line and hit the nice soft flesh under the forearm.

    So short of cyanide or an M-80 how do you deal with it?

  2. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    oh, thought this was about Pennywise :p

    I have a small B&W that wouldn't go after me if my hand went in the tank but has nipped at me when I got too close to his host (open brain). Also heard about tomato (or maroon?) clowns biting and drawing blood.

    Only suggestion would be to wear gloves. Won't protect your forearm unless you get long ones.
  3. Smiley

    Smiley Guest

  4. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    I have the same issue. She bites the wedding ring usually, go figure ;-)
    Sometimes I want to just setup a 5g tank for nems and clowns, maybe next year.
  5. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    I'll have to get some long gloves. Always thought they looked kinda goofy but she's evil enough to figure out that for maximum damage to rub her mouth on some palys before the bite!

    So anyone considering one of thoses cute little ORA Black Ocellaris THINK TWICE!

  6. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    BTW - Loved this! And is an option.....

  7. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    My female maroon does the same thing, she draws blood every time. Now the male has started joining in on the fun. Fortunately, no sharks in the tank...

    On the other hand, my true percs are sweethearts.
  8. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    If you've got a friend/girlfriend/neighbor, have em distract the fish with a turkey baster or something while you work on the tank.
  9. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    As much as i do like tomato and maroon clowns getting nipped every time your hand is in the tank cleaning yhe tank gets really old really fast.

    I decided to stick with clowns that weren't quite so defensive - true and false percs
  10. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    @Jess - We kinda tried that but it was difficult while re-arranging the rock work.

    @ Eileen - it IS a false perc and it's hateful.

  11. BigMac

    BigMac Guest

    My little black clown does the same thing,, it is no big deal. The mean ass blue tang is another matter completely.
  12. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    I would try showing it you are not the bad guy by holding mysis shrimp in your hand and letting it eat it. Maybe this will make it view you as a provider of food and not an intruder.
  13. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    Somehow encouraging it to bare its teeth at my flesh seems counterproductive.....

  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Oh no I hope you don't develop Coulrophobia.

    Sorry no advice other then you're gonna get bit. I have worked on countless tanks with ticked off fish like that. Be thankful it's not a large Naso with streamers and an attitude bigger then it.
  15. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    My clarkii clown was very peaceful until I tried to target feed my new amenone with pieces of frozen shrimp (stupidly using my fingers instead of tongs). After that, she often swam toward my hand when my fingers entered the tank, nipping on them to see if they held shrimp. Fortunately, she didn't bite hard. I miss her.
  16. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    Maybe you could attempt to train her. Every time she bites, blast her with a turkey baster.
  17. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    I had a big perc do that to me before.....I gave her a finger flick where I hit the layed stunned on some rocks for about 10 minutes ( I actually thought I flicked it too hard and it was going to die) then it got back up and swam away and never bit me again. Now its up to you if you really want to try this. Not sure if I would do it again either, but it really pissed me off that one time.
  18. gerbilbox

    gerbilbox Guest

    Don't you mean coulroichthyphobia?
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Did you try clicking on the hyperlink?
  20. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest


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