Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus)
Family: Pomacentridae (Damselfish)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 52 ft. Size: 6.25 in. Jumps: No Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Zooplankton, benthic algae
Natural History: The Maroon Clownfish is found on lagoons, coastal reefs, and reef faces. It is generally found in pairs associated with large bubble-tip anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor). This anemonefish is often the dominant species in reef areas more than 10 feet deep. The operculum of this fish has a spine. Females are usually much larger than males.
Husbandry: This anemonefish is one of the most aggressive species of anemonefish. It prefers to associate with Entacmaea quadricolor, the bubble-tip anemone. Maroon Clownfish should never be placed with other species of anemonefishes. A single adult male and female can usually be housed together. The larger female may be aggressive toward the smaller male and have to be temporarily separated with a barrier. Due to the spines present on the gill cover of this fish, it is better to handle it with a container than a net.
Reproduction: This species has been bred in captivity. Females usually deposit upwards of 500 eggs, with hatching less than a week after spawning.
AKA: Spinecheek Anemonefish, Maroon Anemonefish, Goldstriped Maroon Clownfish
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