Normally found in the Western Pacific, this fish, also known as a False Percula Clownfish, a False Clown Anemonefish and an Anemone Demoiselle, is tank raised specifically for the aquarium trade. They are a lighter orange than the wild fish, and many times are missing one or more of the three white vertical stripes, (normally one behind the head, at mid-dorsal and at the beginning of the tail), or will have asymmetrical stripes on each side of the body. Each stripe is outlined in black, as are the fins, just as the wild fish. The orange body color will darken as the fish ages. Tank raised are relatively easy to breed in the aquarium, laying orange eggs at the base of an anemone, or on the flat surface of the tank if there are no anemone. They will fiercely defend their fry from its tank-mates, but the fry need to be removed and raised in a separate tank if they are to survive. When hatched, this fish is sexually immature, becoming male or female based on the hierarchy of it's school (group.) Sometimes sold as a Percula Clownfish, it is actually a much hardier fish than the Percula. This is a good fish for the beginner.
Size: 3/4" to 1 1/2"; tank raised are smaller than the wild fish.
No. in Tank: A variety of clownfish, when tank raised, can live together in one aquarium.
Tank: min. 20 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) An aggressive eater that will accept most meaty items and frozen herbivore preparations.
Adaptability: Needs room to swim near the bottom and plenty of hiding places. While it lives among Magnificent and Carpet Anemones in the wild, it does not need anemones to survive in the aquarium. Having anemones will make the acclimation process a little smoother, which will take 3+ hours to fully complete.
Compatibility: Ideal for reef systems, though they may bathe in large polyp corals, causing the polyps stress. The stress may keep the polyps from ever closing. Does best with passive tank-mates and other clownfish that are not larger than itself.
**GOOD FOR THE BEGINNER