Species Name : Amphiprion Ocellaris
Care Level : Easy
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Black, Orange, White
Diet : Omnivore
Reef Compatible : Yes
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, KH 6-10, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 3"
Origin : Captive-Bred
Family : Pomacentridae
Minimum Tank Size : 20 gallons
NOTE: No two are exactly identical and the fish you receive may vary in appearance from the example pictured here.
The Captive-Bred Black Ice Clownfish (Amphiprion Ocellaris) is a cross between a Black Ocellaris and a Snowflake. These beautiful fish were the preliminary results of efforts to produce a Black Ocellaris with Snowflake patterns. This first generation still exhibits the yellow orange coloration of the normal Snowflake - however, it has ultra-intense black markings around the irregular white bars. This member of the Pomacentridae family is an excellent addition to almost any saltwater aquarium system. No two are exactly alike.
Captive-bred fish have a unique advantage over wild-harvested species, as they are very hardy and more accustomed to conditions found in home aquariums. Captive-bred fish may be less likely to use a host anemone than wild-caught fish. Therefore, it makes a great choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike.
The temperament and captive care requirements for the Black Ice Clownfish are very similar to that of the regular Ocellaris Clownfish. It is relatively peaceful and hardy. Ocellaris Clownfish usually ignore reef invertebrates and corals. Clownfishes sometimes adopt various corals and algae as substitutes for host anemones.
It is usually best to keep one clownfish per tank, though a pair can sometimes be kept if one is significantly smaller than the other or are about the same size when added as juveniles. One fish will develop into a female and become larger in size while the other (or others, in large tanks) will remain male.
The Captive-Bred Black Ice Clownfish is easy to breed in the home aquarium. Like all clownfishes, Amphiprion ocellaris is a sequential hermaphrodite. The females will be the largest of the pair and the two fish will usually stay close to each other in the aquarium.
Clownfish are generally not fussy eaters, and will accept a range of frozen and prepared foods like flakes, pellets, and frozen formulas. They can benefit from some plant matter in their diet, although they are not considered herbivores and do need some meaty foods. Some clownfish can be sensitive to toxins, especially heavy metal based medications like copper.
Size: 1" to 2"
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