Clownfish : Facts you need to know!


Some improtant Facts about Clownfish that you need to know. Clownfish are saltwater fish native to the warm waters of the Pacific ocean.

These beautiful clown fish can morph sexually. They are many species of Clowns, most live in groups based on hierarchy. Where the female fish is larger than the male.

There are 28 Species Of Clownfish That Exists

They also have symbiotic relationships with anemones as they reside in various species of anemones. Did you know that Clown fish are the only type of fish that can live in a sea anemone without being stung by the tentacles. Clowns live at the bottom of the sea and will host an anemone. Most size average of a Clownfish is 3-5 inches and they are mostly brightly colored with white stripes on the head or side of the body. Clownfish should be purchased in very small groups consisting of one species, and introduced to the aquarium simultaneously. In a large group the largest Clownfish is always a female. The smaller fish are male. If something should happen and the female dies, the largest male will change sex to take over the female’s role.

Keep on mind that some clown fish species, such as the maroon clownfish, can become very aggressive in captivity.Clownfish Facts:

  • Reef Safe: Yes
  • Family: Pomacentridae
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Adult Size: Up to 5in.
  • Temperature: 72 – 78F
  • Water Parameters: sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
  • Environment: Marine

Taking care of your clownfish. Is it easy to take care of a clownfish? Some people will tell you that marine fish tanks are the hardest of all types of tanks to look after.

When taking care of your clown fish these need to be at the exact level no range or close to it. Make sure these are at the correct levels to keep your fish happy.

  • Salinity
  • pH
  • Temperature & Gravity
  • Nitrites
  • Nitrates
  • Ammonia

For a marine tank as a beginner you really are better off with 20 gallon + aquarium. Make sure to get a really nice hanging filter or one that can go under a stand. Get an anemone ‘carpet variety’ is the best. Your clown fish will love to use this and will spend a lot of time there. Varied diet is important to clown fish to keep it’s colors nice and bright.

Not saying you can’t keep clownfish, just that you need to do a bit of reading first. Get some good knowledge, get a good book on marine fish keeping, there is still much more to learn.

When people say that they are looking for an anemone clown fish there could be a lot of different fish that they could be talking about.

To list a few there are the Percula clown, Ocellaris ‘False Percula’, Maroon, Gold stripe, Tomato, Sebae, and the Clarkii clownfish just to list a few. All of them live in anemone’s in the wild and that is where they get their name.Some of the more pouplar clownfish anemone’s they live in are:Bubble anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor), Long tentacle anemone ( Macrodactyla doreensis), Sebae anemone ( Heteractis malu), Ritteri (Maroon) anemone ( Heteractis magnifica), Carpet anemone ( Stichodactyla gigantea), Saddle anemone ( Stichodactyla haddoni).One thing to keep in mind when getting a clownfish is if you get one that is tank raised is that they do not need an anemone to live and breed in the home aquarium. Since in most tanks you want have any fish that would harm the fish or the eggs. They will also take to and host on other coarls in your tank that are easier to raise and care for. So make sure you do your homework on them before you bring one home.

Are you looking to find what size aquarium is best for your clownfish? What you need to know is that clown fish require a saltwater tank and those are a bit more complicated than your average normal freshwater fish tank.

A 5 gallon would be to small for a clownfish. A 10 gallon fish tank would be okay but you’re talking about just having one clownfish in that fish tank. If you’re looking to keep an ocellaris or percula clownfish, you need to have at least a 20 gallon aquarium if you want your clownfish to be healthy and happy.

Looking to find out how big your clownfish will get. Well, the most common clownfish species will grow to the following sizes under these ideal conditions:

  • Clown Anemonefish, Nemo (Amphiprion ocellaris) – 4
  • Percula Anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) – 4
  • Clark’s Anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) – 5.5
  • Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus) – 6.5
  • Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) – 5
  • Cinnamon Clownfish (Amphiprion melanopus) – 5
  • Pink Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion) – 4.5

In regards to how big your clown fish will get it really depends if it was wild caught. As wild caught clownfish are often times larger.

Are you having trouble deciding what to feed your clownfish? Your Clown fish needs a varied diet.

Keep in mind that if fed the same thing everyday you might find yourself with a clown fish that will not eat or is malnourished. You can try feeding Plankton, Algae or Brine shrimp.

Clownfish Feeding Help

You can try to feed your clownfish flake food with frozen brine shrimp or spirulina enriched brine as a quick substitute. You will come to find out that clownfish can be very picky eaters. If you have false perculas clownsthey do like to eat Cyclopeeze. Some will eat some pods, but alot of them really like frozen mysis.

List of Clownfish Food:
Hikari Usa Inc AHK25310 Seaweed extreme
Freeze Dried Bloodworms
New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Formula
Tetra Marine Flakes
Aqueon 06046 Marine Flakes
Omega One Marine Flake Fish Food

So you want to know how long do clownfish live.  Well having them in captivity you could expect them to live anywhere from 3-5 years.

This is because the life span is limited due to the inability of most clown fish owners to provide for these fish.The most loved and popular marine fish, is the Clownfish, if cared for properly their life span in captivity can easily be around 10-20 years, depending on the clownfish and the quality care it gets.In the wild they can probably live for more than 25+ years.

Hope this information was useful and helped you get an idea of how long a clown fish can live for in captivity and the wild.

Breeding and Raising Ocellaris Clownfish Fry

When first trying to learn to raise clownfish fry we had a very hard time finding any detailed information any where online or anywhere else that made since to help us, so we thought we would take some time and describe in detail the process of raising these fish to adulthood.

This decription is based on our experience and what we have read with False Perculas. Other clownfish breeding patterns will be different slightly from what I have read but not tried. When you get ready to invest the time and money into the setup of a clownfish hatchery, you will first need to get a mated pair of clownfish or get them while they are young and let them pick who they will be and love.If you are going with a pair that is already paired it is better to introduce both fish to the tank at the same time, but a second clown can be introduced later into a tank. If the new is clown smaller than the first one. The larger fish will be the egg laying female and the smaller fish will be the male.

When the two Ocellaris clownfish are comfortable with each other they should begin mating. (Depending on the mood). lol. This will typically takes place in the evening a couple of hours before the lights go out. Once this has begun they will usually continue to mate every two weeks or so. You should notice that the female’s belly will be extended for a few days before she actually lays the eggs. Then you should also notice that both fish will be cleaning a nearby rock on which to lay their eggs.If your tank is kept in between 78-82 degrees the eggs will hatch in about 8 days. When the eggs are initially laid they will first appear orange in color. Then they will change to and become more purple in color and then change to a more silver look. Once this happens hatching is usually imminent. Hatching usually will occur a couple of hours after the tank’s lights go out.I have read that there are two different ways to collect the fry. The first method we have found does not work very well. Is to remove the rock that the clowns have laid their eggs on to another tank. Then you have to aerate the rock until hatch.

The second method is a little harder if you have to bigger tank. Collect the fry from the main tank after they have hatched. We have used the second method with more success and greater inital survival rate. When collecting them in this manner and it doesn’t stress the mated pair of clownfish like the first method.If you are trying to collect them in a larger tank. A good tip is to hold a flash light level of the tank. The fry are attracted to the light and this will cause them congregate around it. You can then collect the clown fish fry using a small bowl or cup. I was told not use a net because this can and will damage the fragile fry. Once they are collected you can move them to a nursery tank.

Multiple Clownfish Pairs in Aquarium Tank

Wondering if you can keep multiple clown fish together in your aquarium?  You should be very careful when adding new clown fish to your current tank.Having multiple pairs of the same clowns is not recommended. As the dominant female may seek out and kill all others clownfish except her mate.

Some hobbyist have had success having multi pairs. Most of them recommend having a tank larger than a 40 breeder tank as that may probably too small. The people that have multiple clownfish have very large tanks 100+ gallon aquarium.Some that have many clown fish in one tank is because they’re all are all juveniles from the same clutch of eggs.  So if you’re wanting to have them in a small tank the answer would be No. In a larger tank maybe if you’re going to be vigilant.

Are clownfish and damselfish territorial, yes very much so. If you have them in the same fish tank your fish can start nipping and fighting each other.

Both clown fish and damsel fish are very territorial. Try and rearrange your fish tank, move the rocks around so that it makes it like a new tank to both clownfish and damsel, that way they will both have to re-establish their territory.Have plenty of hiding spaces for them to hide so that they’re not constantly on view to each other. Good luck with your fish!