Torch coral hosting clownfish

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    Hello everyone!

    I have 3 oscillaris clownfish in my 55 gallon reef tank. 2 are a pair, the other hangs around. A friend of mine gave them to me unexpectedly, so I didn’t have time to order anemonae for them to host in. However, I’ve read a few posts about torch coral hosting clownfish. I’ve wanted a torch coral since the beginning of my tank, but haven’t yet ordered any. Any tips on species that host clownfish well? Know any good sources for torch coral? Any torch coral tips at all would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Torch corals will host clownfish, but the clownfish are also likely to kill it with their "nuzzling". The coral will also never fully expand once clownfish start interacting with it.

    To put things in perspective, I had to get rid of my clownfish to stop them from killing my gold torch. They had already done a number to my low-grade frogspawn coral, and had started showing interest in the torch. The torch is worth around $250 and compared to the combined value of ~$40 for my clowns, it may be pretty easy to see why I went clownfishless haha
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    Makes me sad :(
    If i were to get an anemonae & the clownfish to host there, would they nuzzle with a torch coral afterwards?
     
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    i have 2 clowns in my torch,no problems at all ,both doing well...
     
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    I have 2 clowns in my torch,no problems ,,all doing well,im glad my clowns found it as i have no anemones in a sps dominated tank
     
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    Interesting. Oscillera or peracula clowns? I have oscillera. Also, what kind of torch?
     
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    Also, what species of clownfish was it? I have Oscillera, not sure if any species “nuzzles” any more than another, but something to consider. I’ve read a few articles about torch coral hosting clowns well, I’ll see if i can find them again. Could it be the Gold torch is less hearty than other species?
     
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    I had the same experience
     
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    Clownfish are so funny in what they choose. I have 3 BTAs in my tank but yet their favorite spot is nuzzled in my umbrella leather!
     
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    Forgive me, new reefer, what are BTA’s?
     
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    No problem, quite new myself. Bubble Tip Anemones
     
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    Perculas,,took 2 years before they found the torch..
     
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    BTA is not really natural to occs or percs as found in wild, so takes longer for them to recognize it.

    I've used hammer and frogspwan many times as an alternative, torch will work too, just know torch's often put out long sweepers and can sting corals, slightly more aggressive, why I prefer frog or hammer, but should be fine, just needs to be good size to deal w/ all the lovin from clowns
     
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