Clownfish, with their clown-like markings and waddle-like swimming motion are truly the clowns of the sea! This video contains many different kinds of clownfish as well as general aquarium care information for the "clown" in all of us.
The Orange-fin Clownfish is a bold striking specimen. It is a great fish for a new aquarist and an njoyable clown species. Not only are they very robust, but are bold strong swimmers and will spend most of their time out in the open. This fish will do well in a either a coral-rich tank or in a fish only tank.
A really neat pair of Allard's Clownfish (Amphiprion allardi) with their an adopted host. They show off their beauty in the Leather Toadstool Coral of the Sarcophyton genus, sharing an interesting symbiotic relationship. These clowns are related to the Clarkii Clownfish, except the Allard's has a much prettier tailfin, white at the base and across the top to the tip in most cases. These clownfish are great for all aquarists, beginner to advanced.
A very happy Clark's Clownfish couple is spawning under a rock near their anemone. The anemone is to the left and the eggs are the reddish orange dots. After the male fertilizes the eggs, they fan the new arrivals. Clark's or Banded Clownfish are readily available, love Bubble Tip Anemones, and are durable fish for the beginner aquarist.
Female clownfish (larger fish) is laying orange eggs on the class while the male systematically fertilizes them. It has been stated that clownfish may eat their own eggs if they feel threatened by someone watching them. As you can see, there isn't an anemone present, and these fish will breed in tanks as small as 10 gallons.
The Maroon Clownfish is spectacular in it natural form, and it now comes in a very cool "lightning" color morph. The Lightning variety first spawned in the spring of 2012. Matt Pedersen, who bred two clowns from Fishermans Island owns this very cool clownfish. He has been offered $7,000.00 for it, and some of the babies have sold for $2,500.00!
A pair of White Striped Maroon Clownfish getting acquainted. The male has a very odd swim and if born in the wild, probably would have attracted a predator by now! Thank goodness Ricky was aqua-cultured! Keep an eye on the males to make sure the females are not beating up on them. This color variation is the more aggressive of the two.
The beautiful details of male and female are seen up close on these mature Cinnamon Clownfish. As with most clownfish, aggression is lessened when there is no anemone present. These two seem content to just hang out at the bottom of the tank. You can see the larger fish, or female, periodically nudge the male as if to "keep him in line"! The Cinnamon Clownfish have a similar temperament as Tomato Clownfish, possibly more aggressive, depending on tank mates.