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Amphiprion ocellaris
Ocellaris Clownfish, False Percula Anemonefish

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Name: Amphiprion ocellaris
Size BehaviorReef
Origin: Indo-Pacific Oceans
8 cm Peaceful Safe


I have 1 Ocellaris in my tank and he's my favorite. He's very curious and swims all over exploring. He hasn't hosted the anemone I bought, but that's not a problem. He (or she) is a fish I would highly recommend, because of the nice coloration, interesting personality and ease of care.

Contributed by Valeen Gonzalez

Beautiful in pairs always swim together. I have yet to see them find a host anemone yet though...although my Clark clown loves any anemone it can find! :)

Contributed by Kevin Clements

These are great little fish. They are hardy and a good fish for a beginner. They should be introduced as pair or a single specimen. They do just fine with no anemone. They do best in a aquarium 75 L or more. They like a mixed diet of meaty foods and algae. Captive raised are much hardier than their wild caught counterparts.

Contributed by Ashley Bond

A pair of Ocellaris Clowns make the perfect fish for beginners. They grow to about 7 cm long and are relatively peaceful. Although some people say they need a host anemone, from my experience they get along just fine without one. They can be kept singly, but seem to do best in pairs. Although I have not tried this myself, I have read that Ocellaris Clowns are one of the only species of Clownfish that are peaceful enough to be able to keep in a small school. I feed mine with a frozen food mixture that contains meaty foods and algae, and they seem to like it. My Clowns also really enjoy newly hatched brine shrimp, which I feed them every once and a while as a treat.

Contributed by Jonathan Smolders

While not convinced that these fish form long term pairs (like say the freshwater angel does) they are still good fish to have. I believe the reason that they seldom find an anemone they like is that they are very selective. In the ocean they live in one called the staphocolis anemone. These anemones are the so called carpet type, as they literally look like a shag carpet. Thankfully they are no longer imported to the US. My understanding is that some of these anemones are 100 or more years old. Reports of anemones measured in feet are not uncommon. I recall observing over 200 (if not more) in a single carpet anemone. The anemone itself was about the size of a 350 L aquarium. About 2 meters in diamater (or larger). The anemone itself lives largely on internal phytoplankton that usually dies when the creature is transported. So they never live long - and often cost over $200. Fortunately, you can get these clowns tank raised, and do not need the anemones to be comfortable in your aquarium. The clowns are easy to breed, easy to rear and easy to sell. What more could you want in a fish? Yes, they are easy on the eye, i.e., very handsome.

Contributed by Harry

Ocellaris clownfish, also known as false percula clownfish, can be kept and breed in an aquarium of 40 liters in capacity for those who are limited by money and space (and parents' permission!). Some sources say that ocellaris and percula are the same species, but there is more evidence about their physiology to show that they are different species. False percula clownfish are bred commercially and are often the backbone of any marine fish hatchery because there is great demand for them. When books and articles state that they are easy to breed, this is in comparison to other marine fish. Compared to breeding freshwater fish, they are extremely difficult. There aren't nearly as many marine fish that have been bred as there are freshwater fish. There is a book called CLOWNFISHES by Joyce D. Wilkerson and it is a must for those who want to attempt breeding clownfish. Ocellaris, along with Clark's clownfish, are pretty easy to pair up rear compared to other clownfish like Maroon clowns and skunk clowns.

Contributed by Greg Manalo

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