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Tomato Clownfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Tomato Clownfish
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The Tomato Clownfish, also known as the Bridled Clown or Red Clown, is found throughout the Pacific, almost always found in association with an Anemone host such as Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). The Tomato Clownfish has a wider distribution, most of the tropical Pacific reefs, than the Fire Clown, which is usually restricted to the Indo-Pacific reefs. It has also been known to use coral as a host in the absence of an anemone. The Tomato Clownfish can attain a length in the wild of 5 inches, but it usually reaches a maximum of 3.5 inches in an aquarium.

The very hardy Tomato Clownfish can be housed with most fish that will not eat it and is a good choice for tank-cycling. It should not be housed with any shy or passive feeding fish, as the Tomato Clownfish tends to be somewhat territorial and aggressive with conspecifics and as it gets older.

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.

As with all clownfish, most are born as males, and the dominant male will change to a female.

An aggressive eater, the Tomato Clownfish will consume most meaty foods and herbivore preparations.

Fish Facts

Name: Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus)

Family: Pomacentridae

Range: Western Pacific

Size: Up to 6 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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