More often called a Red Saddleback Clownfish, it is naturally found in silty coastal waters in the Eastern Indian Ocean. It is a dark red bodied fish, with an even darker red patch on its side and another one on the softer part of the back dorsal fin. Like all clownfish, it does not have a predetermined sex when it is born. The group forms a hierarchy, which then determines which fish are male and which are female. There will be one dominate female, one small male and many male juveniles. When the female is lost, the adult male morphs into a female and the lower males move up in the hierarchy according to their dominance. They lay orange colored eggs along the base of a host anemone, which protects the eggs until they hatch. The fish offered here, are tank-raised or "aqua-cultured," rather than gathered from the wild. Most Fire Clownfish available for hobby aquariums are the tank raised variety. As a plus, they are very hardy fish, more so than their wild brethren.
Size: 3/4" to 1 1/2"
No. in Tank: Normally only one, but, with the tank raised, a variety of clownfish can live together. Should be introduced at the same time.
Tank: min. 40 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) Need a varied diet including chopped meats, such as shrimp; and plant material, found in frozen herbivore preparations
Adaptation: The tank raised will acclimate in 2+ hours. They need places to hide and room to swim near the bottom. They do not need anemones to survive in an aquarium.
Compatibility: Best kept with smaller, more passive tank-mates. Ideal for reef systems and large tanks. In nature they live among Bubbletip and Sebae Anemones, darting in and out at predators to protect itself and the anemone.
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