Fish Guide

Tomato Clownfish   (Amphiprion frenatus)
Family: Pomacentridae (Damselfish)
Natural Range: Red Sea
Depth: 3 to 39 ft.   Size: 5.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Planktonic copepods, filamentous algae, benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The Tomato Clownfish is found on lagoons and protected reef faces, wallowing in the tentacles of its host anemone. It is usually observed in a social unit consisting of a male and female in association with a single anemone. Anemone colonies may allow over 50 Tomato Clownfish pairs to live in close proximity. Nonbreeding adults and juveniles are observed singly. It hosts specifically with Entacmaea quadricolor. This species is capable of sex change.
Husbandry: The Tomato Clownfish is a good aquarium fish. Captive bred individuals are among the hardiest of marine aquarium fish. It is aggressive by nature and may harass similar and dissimilar tankmates so it should be housed with moderately aggressive tankmates. The Tomato Clownfish can be safely housed with or without a host anemone. Generally, it must be kept singly or in pairs only.

AKA: Tomato Anemonefish

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