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Percula Clownfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Percula Clownfish
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The Percula Clownfish, also known as the True Percula, or Clown Anemonefish, is normally found in association with anemones on the reefs of Oceania, the Indo-Pacific, and the Great Barrier Reef. It can be found individually, or more commonly, in pairs or small groups within the same anemone such as Heteractis magnifica or Stichodactyla mertensii. Wild Percula Clownfish will rarely exceed 4.5 inches; captive animals, especially tank-raised specimens, rarely exceed 3.5 inches.

The Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) is often confused with the Percula Clownfish. Unless you are experienced with both fish, they are difficult to tell apart. The True Percula is a very bright orange, whereas, the Ocellaris tends to be more drably colored. The Percula Clownfish also has a thicker black outline to its white body stripes.

The True Percula is not a fish for beginners. If you want this fish and your experience is limited, purchase the Ocellaris Clownfish. Percula Clownfish are good candidates for a reef aquarium, however, they are not as hardy as the Ocellaris Clownfish. Once acclimated and eating, they are tolerant of most fish.

Tank raised clownfish are very hardy and durable fish making them a perfect addition for the novice or seasoned aquarist. If introduced to the aquarium at the same time, many varieties of tank raised clowns can be maintained together in the aquarium.

If already paired, the female Percula Clownfish is the larger fish. The Percula Clownfish, like several other clowns, can be bred in the aquarium, and is one of the most common "starter" fish for saltwater breeders.

In nature, the Percula Clownfish is an omnivore. In an aquarium, it will readily accept most meaty foods and herbivore preparations.

Fish Facts

Name: Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)

Family: Pomacentridae

Range: Western Pacific, The Great Barrier Reef

Size: Up to 3 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Layer

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