Clark's Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii)
Family: Pomacentridae (Damselfish)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 179 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Planktonic copepods, algae, benthic crustaceans, bristle worms, hydroids
Natural History: The Clark's Clownfish is found in a variety of marine habitats: lagoons and all types of coastal reefs. It is known to associate with 10 different types of symbiotic sea anemones. This species acclimates itself to a particular anemone and is not intrinsically immune to its venom. A variety of social units is observed in this species, from male-female pairs along with nonbreeders to single adults and juvenile groups. This species is even observed to share anemones with other clownfish species.
Husbandry: Clark's Clownfish is hardy and common in the aquarium trade. Its only problem is its aggressive nature. In addition to anemones, it also associates with corallimorphs, large-polyped stony corals, and soft corals. Clark's Clownfish rapidly associate with an anemone quickly after introduction to an aquarium. They are aggressive to their own and other species and will eat small ornamental crustaceans.
Reproduction: This species spawns at all times of the year in warmer reefs, where over 1,000 eggs are laid in a nest, guarded by the spawning pair.
AKA: Clark's Anemonefish
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