Maroon Clownfish

Maroon Clownfish mare some of the of the most aggressive fish in the clown fish family. They also grow to be the largest. There are a couple of different types/names in this group.

The Maroon Gold Stripe, Maroon Anemone fish, Spine Cheek Anemone fish.The regular Maroon has three white strips on its body. The Maroon Gold Stripe Clown fish has white strips when it is young and it will turn to gold as it gets older. They both have the little spines on the gills, that is why they are known as the Spine Cheek. Entacmaea Quadricolor and the Macrodactyla Doreensis are a couple of the anemone’s that the Maroon’s like to bond with. Just make sure that you have the correct light that can sustain the anemone. Most of them need atleast T5 lights if not the metal halide lights. This is how they make their food in-between the feedings that the clown fish give.If you do have a pair you can get them to breed in the tank. They will lay their eggs on a smooth surface usually around the anemone. That way not much will bother them. The male clown will be the one in charge of tending to the eggs.

It is his job to fan the eggs witch will keep them oxgenated and clean.It is best when possible to get tank raised fish. They are a lot healthier than the wild caught ones. Imported specimens are quite susceptible to Cryptocaryon (marine ich), Amyloodinium (velvet) and Brooklynellosis (‘clownfish disease’)… and these protozoan parasites are easier and better ‘treated’ by exclusion during quarantine, then trying to fight in your principal system. This is one good reason to get tank rasied instead of the wild ones. Any one that has dealt with ick knows it is not easliy removed form a display tank.

Males are much more red, diminutive in size by comparison.Raising your own broodstock is not hard to do, with the usual approach of acquiring a handful of small individuals and having them grow-up together. This requires either a good sized system and/or vigilant observation on your part, to notice pairing behavior and likely removing these to other quarters.The Maroons love to eat and will eat just about any thing from frozen brine, mysis shrimp, to flakes, freeze dried shrimp. They also like to eat nori as part of their diet.

They are omnivore’s which means they like both animal flesh and vegetable matter. This is one thing that they have in common with the Ocellaris and the Percula clownfish. Maroon Clownfish grow to be the largest of all the clowns. If they are left in the wild they can grow up to around 7 inches. But if they are tank rasied the say around 6 inches. So if you are planning to get more than one make sure you have a large enough tank. Some say one should be in nothing smaller than a 30 gallon and two in at least a 60 gallon. Plus you have to think about the tank mates you may want to have with them.