Saturday, July 24, 2010

Amphiprion ocellaris

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Scientific Name:Amphiprion ocellaris
Species Authority: Cuvier, 1830
Family: Pomacentridae
Common Name: False Clown Anemonefish, Falscher Clown - Anemonenfisch (DE)
Distribution:Indo-West Pacific: eastern Indian Ocean including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Thailand, Malaysia, and northwest Australia to Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines; ranges north to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands.
Environment: Reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 to 15 meters, usually 3 to 15 meters. Coral reefs and sheltered lagoons up to a depth of 15 meters. Mainly found in or near the anemones Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea, and Stichodactyla mertensii as part of a symbiotic relationship.
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 150 liters
Tank Set-up: Marine aquarium with corals, live rocks / rocks, macroalgae, host anemones (may be optional). Contrary to popular advice, clownfish will thrive and even reproduce in a home aquarium without the presence of a host anemone.
Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
Lighting: Low to high light but should be subject to a diurnal cycle.
Water Flow: Normal flow found in reef tanks or fish only tanks.
Size:8 to 10 cm
Lifespan:6 to 10 years
Diet: Omnivore - Provide a varied diet consisting of live food, frozen food, spirulina, flake food, etc.
Care Level:Easy
Resilience: High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months
Reproduction: Egg Layer. Protandrous Hermaphrodites - Start off as males, but as they grow, the largest and most dominant fish will turn into a female. Can form a monogamous pair with the female usually larger than the male and will be the primary defender of their territory. Egg-layer, and has been bred in captivity.
Gender: All are males when they are born. As they mature and start to pair off the dominant one will change into a female. The female is usually larger than the male and will be the primary defender of their territory.
Special Requirement/s: Ideally kept with a host anemone (but not required). Unfortunately, most of their host anemones are difficult to sustain without intense lighting, strong water circulation, and expert care.
Red List Status:Not Evaluated
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Specific Gravity:1.020 to 1.024
Temperature: 24°C to 27°C
pH:8.0 to 8.4
Angelfish (Dwarf)Groupers
Angelfish (Large)Grunts / Sweetlips
BlennyLionfish / Scorpionfish
CardinalsPuffers / Porcupines
ChromisSeahorse / Pipefish
ClownfishSharks / Rays
DartfishTangs / Surgeons
EelsWrasse (Reef Safe)
Filefish Wrasse (FO/FOWLR)
Foxface / RabbitfishCorals
With Caution
Not Compatible
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