OCELLARIUS CLOWNFISH
(AMPHIPRION OCELLARIS)


The Tank Raised Ocellaris Clownfish, also known as the False Percula Clownfish, False Clown Anemonefish, and Anemone Demoiselle, makes a great addition to most saltwater aquariums. It can attain a length of 3". 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. Tank raised Ocellaris are usually a great deal lighter in coloration and are often missing one or more stripes or have non-symmetrical stripes on the sides of their bodies, making them unusual and appealing to most hobbyists. The coloration of these fish will darken to a nice solid orange with age.

Its body shape is elongated and its head is blunt, with the dorsal and ventral contours equally curved. The fish is bright orange, with three back-edged white bands traversing its body; the first band follows the outline of the gill cover; the central band, with its forward-projecting point, runs from below the narrowest part of the dorsal fin, finishing between the pelvic and anal fins; the last band passes across the rear of the caudal peduncle. All of the fins are rounded, and are the same colour as the body, with black outlines. The centre of the eye is black.

Tank raised clownfish are very hardy and durable fish making them a perfect addition for the novice or seasoned aquarist. The Ocellaris Clownfish is a good candidate for a reef aquarium. If introduced to the aquarium at the same time, many varieties of tank raised clowns can be maintained together in the aquarium.

Tank raised clownfish are easy to breed in the home aquarium. The females will be the largest of the pair, and two fish will usually stay close to each other in the aquarium. These fish are egg layers and will deposit the eggs on a flat surface, and defend the eggs from other tank mates. The eggs will normally hatch in 6-11 days depending on the temperature. The fry must be reared in a separate aquarium on a diet of rotifers then baby brine shrimp.

In the wild Ocellaris Clownfish live in small groups with one large dominant female, one smaller sexually active male, and a handful of smaller males and juveniles. When the female is lost the largest male will then change sex and become the dominant female with the other Clowns moving up the ladder behind it.

This clownfish is an aggressive eater. It will take most meaty foods and frozen herbivore preparations.