Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Yellow Fin Barrier Reef Clownfish, also known as the Barrier Reef Clownfish or Akindynos Clownfish, is found primarily in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Most similar in appearance to the Clarkii Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) and for good reason. The Barrier reef clownfish is one species among at least eight others that comprise the “Clarkii Clownfish Complex,” a group of closely related species that do not differ greatly in appearance. This can sometimes make identification of individuals to the species level challenging if their origin is not well known. The Barrier reef clownfish is one of the least common in the aquarium trade however, and its two white stripes are generally thinner compared to other members of this group. Additionally, its body color is usually a honey-brown to brown. Clownfish are well known for their interesting symbiotic relationships with anemones. A Barrier reef clown will associate with up to ten different species of anemone, making it one of the least picky. Host anemones provide clownfish with protection and a site for nest building, while the anemone also benefits from its clownfish host in many ways. Interestingly, all clownfish are born male and the most dominant individual in the group will change to female, a process known as hermaphroditism. Females get larger than males, obtaining a size of approximately 3.5″. Clownfish come from the Pomacentridae family, which they share with Chromis and Damsels. Barrier reef clownfish are more difficult to pair up compared to ocellaris and percula clownfish species.
Diet Requirements: In the wild clownfish are omnivorous. A varied diet of high quality algae, proteins, pellets, flakes, and enriched frozen foods are important for best coloration, immune function and optimal health. Clownfish are some of the unfussiest of saltwater livestock when it comes to feeding.
Care Requirements: A minimum 55 gallon aquarium is ideal for a single, or pair of, Barrier reef clownfish. A set-up with live rock is best for the health of the aquarium, and this clownfish will appreciate crevices to swim through and take refuge. Clownfish are one of the few groups of fish that can endure the break-in cycle of a new saltwater aquarium. An anemone host should only be added after the aquarium is biologically established. While smaller compared to other species with the complex, Barrier reef clownfish are still somewhat territorial once established thus making them variable in their compatability. We do not recommend keeping more than one pair of clownfish per aquarium, even in larger systems. We do not recommend mixing different genera of clownfish together. Clownfish are reef safe; they will not bother any coral or invertebrate. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Large: 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.