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Percula Clown Fish
Alternative Name(s): Clown Anemonefish, Orange Clownfish, Percula Clown
Scientific Name(s): Amphiprion percula
Category: Marine Fish
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 11cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 75 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 17 Gallons
Water Temperature Range: 24-27°C

General Information: As the name suggests, they appear clown-like, having bright orange and white banding with a black outline. They are easy to keep and are known for their bond with anemones. They often dash into the tentacles of anemones using them as a safe haven from predators. Wild Clownfish have a mucus preventing the anemones from stinging. Captive bred fish may not have the mucus although this does not seem to limit their friendship with the anemone.
Tank Requirements: SALINITY SG: 1.022 - 1.026
Diet Requirements: Varied diet, including meaty marine foods e.g. mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, as well as herbivore preparations.
Compatibility: Excellent fish for the reef, causing little damage if none at all to the surrounding reef inhabitants. Can be kept in groups (eg 2-3) although one will gradually appear more dominant than the others.
Recommendations: Ideal fish for a novice. Providing anemones is not an essential requirement in captivity as long as they have plenty of places to seek shelter. Get on with other Anemonefish and many other species.
Common Problems: Rarely encounter problems - generally very hardy.
Similar Species: Ocellaris Clownfish, Tomato Clownfish, False Percula Clownfish
Sexing: Clownfish are known for their sex reversal characteristics. They start as males, and then only change to female to become a dominant part of a colony.
Breeding: Eggs are deposited and fertilised on a firm surface/rock. Parents guard them until the fry hatch. Frequently bred in captivity lessening the need for wild caught specimens.
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