Ocellaris & Percula Clownfish


Ocellaris Clownfish is a very hardy species some times known as the False Percula.

These are a lot easier for new saltwater people to raise since they are not as fragile as the Percula. They are orange and white but not as bright orange as the Percula clownfish. Both of these fish are hard for some people to tell apart. If you look at them close you can tell by the fins, the color of the orange and the thickness of the black lines. The black lines on the Ocellaris is not as thick as it is on the Percula Clown fish. The Ocellaris has a thin to no line seperating the white lines on his/her body. Also the line that traces around the fish may not be there or parts maybe missing. It is like a finger print each one is different.On the fish there are two sets of fins on the top.

The first set is called the dorsal fins or dorsal spines. The Ocellaris has 11 dorsal spines (The dorsal spine is the first set of fins on the top of the fish.) on some rare false clownfish there has been reports of 10 dorsal spines. The second set is called the soft fins. Ocellaris and the Percula are both omnivore’s this means that they will eat animal flesh and vegetable matter. Some people feed them a mixture of flakes and either frozen brine shrimp or mysis shrimp. Ocellaris are easily breed in a tank if there is a mated pair. It is important that we try to get the ones that are tank rasied instead of wild caught. One way to do this is to ask your local fish stores to carry them. That way the balance of nature is not lost.

If left in the wild they will grow up to 3.5-4 inches but if they are tank rasied the will usually only get up to 2-2.5 inches.They like the Heteractis Magnifica for there clownfish anemone. But you have to be sure the tank and lights will be good enough for them. The Ocellaris clownfish can and will live in a tank with out the anemone. But if you do have an anemone they will do a lot of the feeding and cleaning of it. They help each other out, one with feed the other with protection. The anemone will help the clownfish by keeping it safe from predators that would like to eat them.These are really neat fish for a newcomer to the reef tanks.

The percula clownfish is a awesome fish to get started with in this hobby. It’s best to keep either by it self or as a pair, they can be in tanks as little as 10+ gallon aquarium.

These beautiful clownfish can tolerate a large range of water conditions. Will eat just about any type of fish food. These clowns may be locally territorial of their host, but are the most docile of any clown species they do well with most any other fish not in the same family. What kind of anemone for percula clown?

A Carpet Anemone would be fine for your clown fish. They also love Bubble tips and long tentacles anemone.

Very active fish, they get used to people and aren’t aggressive.

Breeding True Percula Clownfish?

You must provide a healthy environment, for best success. The Amphiprion Percula fish always deposits the eggs. The egg laying process takes around 20+ minutes. One batch can be anywhere of 100 to 1000 eggs. Your clown fish eggs will hatch within one week.

Paring True percula clownfish
True Percula Clownfish – HD Video
 

  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Reef Safe: Yes
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Adult Size: Up to 4′
  • Tank Size: 10+ gallons
  • Care Level: Moderate

Percula Clownfish is one of the most popular Clownfish on the market. The Percula has a brighter orange color than the Ocellaris also know as the False Percula. These two are hard for newcomers to the saltwater scene to tell apart. This will help you out, they have three white stripes that go around the fish that starts right behind the eye. The middle line should also bows to head of the fish. The black lines that outline the clown fish and the white stripes is also wider on them than on the False Percula. On some Percula clownfish the black lines maybe really thick where others might be thinner. Another way to tell them a part is to count the dorsal spines on them.

There should be 10 spines on the Percula but there has been a few rare cases where they have had 9. The dorsal spine is the first set of fins on the top of the fish. The second set is called soft fins. The Percula ClownFish if left in the wild it will grow to be around 4 inches. If it is tank rasied it will be around 2 to 3 inches in length. Percula are omnivore’s this means that they will eat animal flesh and vegetable matter. Some people feed them a mixture of flakes and either frozen brine shrimp or mysis shrimp.

The Percula like the anemone Heteractis Magnifia but this is a difficult one to grow in the home aquarium. They also like the Atichodactyla Mertensii but only if you plan on a really large tank since they grow really large. Some people have had luck with other anemone’s like the Bubble Tips. These are really neat fish but maybe not the right fish for a newcomer to the reef tanks.

Black White Ocellaris Clownfish

This type of Ocellaris is a lot like the orange and white ones but there color is different.

Both of these anemone fish can do well in a tank with of without an anemone. They both are easy for beginners up to the novice.The black and white Ocellaris does well by itself, in pairs or in small groups. It is not good to mix the different species of clown fish as they tend to fight or bully each other. This is one of the only clowns that will do well with other clownfish if introduced at the same time.The Black and White Ocellaris clownfish is also called the Black Clownfish, Black Percula or the Black Percula Clownfish. Their bodies are jet black with 3 white stripes. When they are young they are a more red in color and will darken to the black color as they get older. There are a bred called the Misbarred Clown that is from England that there stripes do not connect.This was one of the first clownfish to be bred in home tanks. Thus making it one of the easier fish to breed and raise.

Just make sure you read alot before jumping in so you and your fish will both be healthy and happy.