Clown fish (amphiprion ocellaris) are a beautiful marine species that are highly entertaining to watch, and are very long lived. They have become quite popular recently as a species to keep because of the feature film called Finding Nemo.
In their natural environment, clown fish live in close association with anemones and are sometimes referred to as anemone fish.
Clown fish do not need anemones to live and hence live comfortably in an aquarium without any marine plant life at all. If you do have an anemone in your aquarium then the clown fish is sure to spend the majority of its time in close proximity to it.
A marine aquarium is required for any marine fish species like clown fish. If you have never kept a marine aquarium before, you should be sure to read more about marine setups, and maintain a marine tank for a few weeks before introducing any fish. Clown fish require a temperature of 25°C, specific gravity of 1.020 and a pH of 8.2.
We recommend that you should successfully maintain a cold or tropical aquarium before commencing with a marine setup. This will enable you to learn the intricacies of the care required and form the habits necessary. Tropical fish may forgive you for overfeeding or lack of water changes on the odd occasion, but marine fish will not.
If you are about to get any marine fish, you need to make sure you have the basic requirements, before you even bring them home! Here is a list of the basic requirements for any marine aquarium.
- Filtration (under gravel, corner or power filter)
- Aeration (air pump & air stone)
- Lighting (or natural light)
- Substrate (gravel, sand, pebbles etc.)
- Marine Salt
- Treated/Stabilized Water
- Hydrometer & Thermomiter
- UV Lighting
- Plants (live or plastic)
- Test Kits (pH, ammonia etc)
- Aquarium Backing
Suitable For People Aged: 15 & over
Experience Required: None. Care sheet & info
Feeding Care Time Required: 20 Min a Day
Maintenance Time Required: 2 Hour a Week
Minimum Space Required: Aquarium (as large as possible)
Cost of Upkeep: (approx) $15 Per Week (Power Required)
Life Span: (approx) 10 to 30 Years (Depending on Species)
Availability: All Year
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