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Red Saddleback Clownfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Red Saddleback Clownfish
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The Red Saddleback Clown is also known as the Saddle Anemonefish, Fire Anemonefish, or Fire Clownfish, and is aptly named for its fire-red body color. The common belief that a clownfish MUST be kept with an anemone is false. It can have a very long life in a tank with no anemones at all. Clownfish are very popular and the Red Saddleback Clown is becoming increasingly available in a captive-bred, or tank-raised form. These animals help keep reef aquariums healthy and stocked.

Although they are generally small fish, they can be aggressive, especially around other clownfish. They are good additions to large tanks, but there should only be one Red Saddleback Clown in a small tank.

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.

Interestingly, most clownfish are born as males; dominant specimens in a habitat later switch to female. If the dominant female is lost, then the dominant male will become female, and the next dominant male becomes its mate. Breeding, while in the aquarium is becoming more common, as pairing at the store can usually be accomplished by purchasing one larger and one smaller fish.

The Red Saddleback Clown diet consists of a variety of meaty items such as chopped shrimp, and frozen herbivore preparations.

Fish Facts

Name: Red Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion ephippium)

Family: Pomacentridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 5 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: Easy

Care Level: Egg Layer

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