How To Get Clownfish To Go Into Anemone? (7 Easy Tips)

Many people are not aware that clownfish live in anemones. In fact, when they are born they swim to an anemone and stay there for the rest of their lives. Clownfish have a symbiotic relationship with anemones; the fish provide protection from predators while the host provides a place for them to live.

This blog post will teach you how to get clownfish to go into anemone. Clownfish are one of the most popular fish in saltwater aquariums and they are also very hard to keep alive because they need a host, such as anemones or corals.

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How To Get Clownfish To Go Into Anemone?

In the wild, clownfish and anemones share a unique interaction. By keeping possible predators at bay, the anemone creates a safe environment for the fish. Clownfish provide the anemone food in exchange.

While in nature, these two species share a mutually beneficial relationship, many people who keep clownfish in tanks do not have anemones. This is due to the fact that domestic clownfish do not always have the same characteristics as wild clownfish.

Many fish keepers, on the other hand, add anemones to their tanks for aesthetic reasons rather than for the clownfish’s benefit. They do it simply because they enjoy the prospect of watching their clownfish swim amid the anemone’s tentacles.

While you can’t compel the clownfish to use the anemone as a home, there are several things you can do to help them develop a bond:

Be Patient

Many times, it’s only a matter of patience. Clownfish reared in tanks are thought to be less likely to host an anemone since they have never seen one. As a result, they have little concept of or respect for its powers.

As a result, you shouldn’t be too harsh on your clownfish if it is wary of the alien species you’ve introduced to its aquarium. You’ll have to wait. Allow time to pass. Some fish owners will tell you that it took months, if not years, for the clownfish to ultimately host the anemone.

The Vertical Tube Trick

Get a large acrylic tube and place it in your aquarium first. Reduce the distance between you and the anemone until it is hovering over it. The anemone should be kept away from the tube. If that happens, the creature may be forced to close its eyes. Find someone who can keep the tube steady while you operate if at all feasible.

Scoop some clownfish from the tank and pour them down the pipe once the tube has been installed. The goal is to compel people to do something they don’t want to. The plan is to suffocate them within the anemone. It may take a few minutes and some persuasion on your part.

Adding clownfish to an anemone with a big clear pipe
Adding clownfish to an anemone with a big clear pipe

Hang a Few Pictures

This choice may seem weird to you, but you should not dismiss it right away. I recommend taking photos of clownfish and anemones to the tank. This is meant to establish the tone. The method’s effectiveness is not supported by any solid scientific data.

Bait the Clownfish

Some fish keepers may advise you to feed the anemone to attract the clownfish. The meal will entice the clownfish to approach the anemone and investigate it. If you’re lucky, it will investigate the anemone closely enough that it will finally decide to remain.

You may also try feeding your clownfish near the anemone. Pellets should be avoided for this, simply because they float. Get yourself some sinking granular fish food and place it right next to your anemone.

Enforce Proximity

If your Clownfish is refusing to warm up to the anemone in their tank, you may force them to spend more time together by forcing them to spend time in each other’s company.

Place them in a smaller container after removing them from their tank. Put them in a nice, clean strainer that has been lowered into the tank. This will push them to become acquainted with one another, especially after you begin feeding them and they begin to eat together.

Use Direct Lighting

In certain communities, it has been reported that leaving a single light glowing above the anemone at night (after all other lights have been turned out) would stimulate the clownfish’s curiosity, attracting it to the anemone.

When utilizing this approach, avoid using very bright lighting. You must not tamper with the clownfish’s internal clock. Your fish should be able to tell the difference between night and day. Instead, use a low light to highlight the colors of the anemone.

Stress Your Clownfish a Bit

None of the strategies listed above can be guaranteed to work. Clownfish use anemones for safety in the wild. Your clownfish, on the other hand, may have no desire to reside in the anemone if they are completely safe and secure, especially if they have been living contentedly without one for years.

With that in mind, you might be able to persuade people to modify their opinions about anemones by making them feel unsafe. You don’t have to endanger their lives in any way. The idea is to terrify them or instil a strong feeling of danger in them. This may be accomplished by adding new fish to their aquarium.

How Long Does It Take A Clownfish To Host An Anemone?

That is entirely dependent on the Clownfish, and I am not referring to the species here. Some Clownfish may swim immediately to an empty anemone if they become aware of its presence, while others may take many days or even weeks to begin moving in or may not move in at all. It truly depends, but you may make efforts to make the match go more smoothly.

Why won’t my clownfish host my anemone?

There’s something about the synergy that appeals to me. A clownfish cannot live in the wild without the help of a host anemone. They’d be picked out by a predator since they’d have nowhere to hide. Clownfish, on the other hand, will be perfectly content without a host anemone in the relative safety of our little glass cages.

What is the best anemone for clownfish?

Clownfish will be found in Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica), Giant Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla Gigantean), and Merten’s Carpet Sea Anemone in their native habitat (Stichodactyla mertensii). Clownfish do not require anemones as hosts in order to survive or thrive.

Can a Clownfish host multiple anemones?

They surely have the capability. Clownfish will take up residence anyplace they feel secure and can claim as their own. If they feel secure in several areas in the tank, they may have numerous hosting spots, but they may also be selecting which spot in the tank is their favorite. They may eventually settle down and choose one host over the others, but only time will tell.

Can Clownfish live without anemone?

Yes, of course! The major purpose of an anemone is to provide protection to clownfish from predators. Because the Clownfish isn’t always in danger in an aquarium, an anemone isn’t necessary. Clownfish will be content as long as there are little caves or other spots in your live rock for them to claim as their own.

They require a restricted area in which they may get emotional support. Clownfish are territorial and prefer a little space, so the only true need aside from feeding them is that they have a place to call their own. In the tank, the anemone just looks great.


In anemones, clownfish can be made to host. As previously said, if the essential measures are taken, the two’s connection may grow more quickly. Patience is essential in this situation. You should also double-check that you’ve chosen the right anemone and clownfish for a symbiotic relationship.

I hope my answer to your inquiry about how to obtain clownfish host anemones was helpful. If you have any unanswered questions, please contact me via the contact page. I will do everything I can to respond to you as quickly as possible. 

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