Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Ocellaris Clownfish, also known as the Common Clownfish or False Percula Clownfish, are native to the eastern Indian and Western Pacific oceans ranging from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Thailand, Malaysia, and northwest Australia to Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands. Despite their large natural range, all Ocellaris clownfish offered here at Aquatics Unlimited are sourced from aquaculture. Famous for their bold coloration and symbiotic association with various anemone species, and perhaps after their debute on the ever so popular Pixar film Finding Nemo, Ocellaris clownfish are one of the most widely recognized and commonly kept marine fish species. They exhibit a rich orange to reddish-brown body colorations with three distinct white bands edged in black. The fins are also all outlined with a thin black line. Ocellaris clownfish will share a mutual relationship with multiple anemone species including the Sebae, Carpet, and Bubble Tip. This mutual relationship provides the anemone with protection, cleaning, and possibly even a source of food. The mutual relationship provides Ocellaris clownfish with protection, as well as a place to nest. Adults may grow up to 4″ in length, but 3 to 3-1/2″ is more common in captivity. To pair fish successfully, it is best to add both individuals into the aquarium at the same time. If possible, choosing individuals of two sizes can expedite the process of pairing.
Diet Requirements: Ocellaris clownfish are naturally omnivorous so it is ideal to provide a balanced diet of both meaty items such as mysis shrimp or enriched brine shrimp and algae, such as Spirulina, Chlorella, and marine sheet algae. They will also readily accept high quality marine flake and pellet foods. Feeding small meals several times throughout the day will help reproduce their natural feeding behaviors on the reef.
Care Requirements: Ocellaris Clownfish are a relatively hardy fish that is well suited to conditions found in home aquariums. Therefore, it makes a great choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike. They should be housed in a minimum 15 gallon aquarium but thrive in larger reef or fish only aquariums with other peaceful fish and adequate cover. Their peaceful nature makes them an excellent choice to keep with almost all other community fish, invertebrates, and corals. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ or less; Medium: 1″ to 1-3/4″; Large: 2″ to 2-3/4″; XLarge: 3″ or larger.
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.