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Can corals sting a clownfish?

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ghofmann

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I just noticed some small black spots on one of my false pecs that has just started hosting in a ricordea mushroom. The fish has been fine for 9 months now and is eating and swimming just fine.
The fish started hosting in the mushroom and two days later the spots apeared. They appear to be smooth and flat, more like skin discoloration than a raised bump like a parasite. There are about six spots just below the dorsal fin on one side. The fish is tank raised and has never been exposed to any parasites that I know of. There is a pair of them in the tank and the female who has not hosted in the mushroom shows no sign of the spots at all.
Is there a connection between the spots and the hosting or do I have a more serious problem?
 

mattseattle

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it's stings....my false percs get those quite often. usually in my tank it's from the LTA they host in. you think after a year they'd be use to the stings by now but i still see spots on them on occassion. usually they disappear after a few days. so i don't think you have anything to worry about....just keep a watch on the spots.
 

Elmo18

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Corals will sting clownfishes. However, they will develop the ability to withstand it. This is why they can form such great relationships with anemones, and not die from their stings.

You may also see some melanistic coloration with clownfishes in their respective anemones. They will have more black coloration, and a much darker deep orange color instead of a bright orange.

There is nothing you should be worried about with your clown. As matt has said, they will come and go.

- Elmo
 
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