Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Red Sea Clownfish, also known as the Two Banded Clownfish, is endemic to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden between the continents of Africa and Asia. Most similar in appearance to the Clarkii Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) and for good reason. The Red Sea 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 known. The Red Sea clownfish is one of the least common in the aquarium trade however; body color can be variable between bright yellow to brownish-yellow, and its two stripes may or may not appear blueish. Clownfish are well known for their interesting symbiotic relationships with anemones. A Red Sea clown will associate with up to five 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 5″. Clownfish come from the Pomacentridae family, which they share with Chromis and Damsels. Red Sea 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 75 gallon aquarium is ideal for a single, or pair of, Red Sea 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. One of the larger and more territorial clownfish species, Red Sea clownfish are thus 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: 2″ to 3″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.