Fish - Ocellaris Clownfish
Ocellaris Clownfish, also known as the False Percula Clownfish,
False Clown Anemonefish, and Anemone Demoiselle, is found associating
with anemones throughout the Indo-Pacific. It can attain a length
of 3.2" (8 cm) in the wild, but aquarium specimens rarely exceed
2" (5 cm) unless they are imported large. This fish is sometimes
sold as the Percula Clown, even though it is not. The color pattern
is very similar, but it is not as bright orange. The black outlines
on the white stripes are also thinner on the Ocellaris Clown when
compared to the Percula. The advantage of the Ocellaris is that
it is much hardier.
It is a long-lived clownfish that is excellent
for the beginner hobbyist. It does best in the presence of anemones
such as Heteractis magnifica and Stichodactyla gigantea. Like the
related damselfish, it is well-suited for all but the most predatory
Although there are no external characteristics
to differentiate male and female, all clownfish are sexually immature
when hatched. Meaning that the fry do not have a pre-determined
sex, and develop into males and females depending on the hierarchy
of the school. A pair will lay eggs along the base of the host anemone,
using it to protect the eggs. The eggs normally appear orange in
color. Without proper preparation, rearing in the average aquarium
is nearly impossible.
This clownfish is an aggressive eater. It will
take most meaty foods and frozen herbivore preparations.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 4"
Color Form: Orange, White
Reef Compatible: Yes
Compatibility: View Chart