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Amphiprion frenatus
Tomato Clownfish, Red Clown Fish, Fire Anemonefish

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I have two tomato clowns and they get along very well. When I got the second one it was smaller. The larger one, lets just say, beat the crap out of the little one. I guess this was part of the who is the boss lesson. At one point I did not think the little one was going to make it, but a couple days later and the large one was allowing the small one into the anemone. The anemone I had at the first was two small for both of them. I had to get a larger one. Currently they are getting along without any fights. Both of them share the same anemone. They work together on keeping their area clean. They will go as far as to put the anemone back into their area of the tank if I move it during cleaning. These fish always give me something new to see every day, from playing with each other to cleaning and feeding their host anemone. They seem to like the purple tip anemone that I got them. I have had fish since I was 7 years of age. I have never been attracted to a fish as I have with these. I have had these fish for almost a year now and I would be very heart broken if I lost them. Even the odd bite and bleeding that I get from cleaning their area, I still like them. I strongly suggest that people try them. Just a little caution of the biting side of them, they will go at anything that enters their area, no matter what the size.

Contributed by Rick

I inherited a large tomato clown (about 12 cm) when I bought my tank used. I also inherited a few other nice fish, including a large Yellow Box Fish. The box fish got traumatised and died - releasing a toxin that literally cleared the tank. The only fish to pull through was the clown. She's aggressive - bites my fingers when I'm cleaning, and sometimes will bully her tankmates. I've thought of getting rid of her for a smaller clown/anemone set up, but can't bring myself to do it. She's part of the tank. As mentioned by others, she can eat. She's almost all black now - save the orange on the tips of her fins, and the white stripe. She's loved by all the family.

Contributed by Ian

I had my Tomato Clown for 11 years, and I am so sad to say that he just died 2 days ago. I have never had a fish live that long, he's even older than my son. I have had this fish in a tank pretty much by himself for the last 4 years or so, no other fish would last with him. He even beat up all my snails. I really never thought a fish would live that long, but now that he is gone, I feel like I felt when I lost my cat. Pretty sad, but when I do get another tank going again, I will definitely get another tomato!

Contributed by Cindy Mercier

Fantastic fish to start with. Easier to keep than A. percula or A. ocellaris and accepts a wider variety of anemones. Seems to behave agressively towards other anemone fishes, but I have not seen a problem with other damsels.

Contributed by a visitor

These guys have the best personalities in my opinion. Keep/get only one, or make sure they are really an established male/female pair before purchasing them and bringing them home, otherwise one will kill the other or not allow the other to eat. Mine is very bold, when I am cleaning the tank all the other fish will hide except for this guy. They will eat pretty much anything flake, mysis, brine. My clown even eats the pellets I throw in for the shrimp I have.

Contributed by Mark Lewis

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