All clowns in the wild are hosted by anemones, but no captive kept clown requires one.<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9221583#post9221583 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Naperville Reef
b/c i would like one for my tank but i don't want to add an anemone.
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9222872#post9222872 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cschweitzer
I think that the even bigger reason clowns are only found with anems in the wild is that they are practically every fish-eating animals perfect prey...bad swimmers, small, easily caught, no real defense against predators, very low survivabilty from the offspring, long larval period, bright colors. It is truely as if the animal was meant to be in captivity.
.......... Tank-bred clowns many times do not host in anything because they are not used to it from the wild. Your best bet is to get a tank-bred clownfish.
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9224430#post9224430 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by phender
How are clowns in the clarki or tomato complexes any more vulnerable than any other type of damselfish?
Tank raised clowns from outside of the percula complex, don't usually have a problem going into anemones. OTOH, WC percs and ocellaris often are a little shy about adopting unnatural hosts.
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9232567#post9232567 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by plancton
damsels are closely related to clownfish, they do not host anemones in the wild, but could host.