Seba's Anemonefish ~ Sebae AnemonefishFamily: PomacentridaeAmphiprion sebaePhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Hiroyuki Tanaka
When people think of anemonefish, the Sebae Clownfish is what usually comes to mind!
The Sebae Clownfish is probably one of the best known clownfish. Possibly because of it being an anemonefish and people's familiarity with the 'Sebae Anemone' (though the Saddle Anemone is its preferred host anemone)! It is a beautiful fish.
These hardy little fish are generally available, though not as regularly as some of the other anemonefish. They are a fun addition to a marine aquarium and can be kept in either an all fish aquarium or in a reef environment. They like to have a host anemone, but it is not necessary.
The Sebae Clownfish is one of the larger clownfish and they can get quite territorial as they grow. They can get along with a variety of peaceful to semi-aggressive tank mates. A rock/ coral decor that has many nooks and crannies for hiding and retreat will help avert aggression. Having been successfully bred in captivity, the Sebae Clownfish are sometimes available as pairs as well as individually.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
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This Sebae ClownFish (Amphiprion sebae) found a Hammer Coral for a host, sometimes clownfish have other ideas than anemones.
These Sebae Clownfish decided that they wanted to have a Hammer Coral as a host! This is not uncommon for several species of clownfish to do. The only danger to the coral occurs if the fish irritates it to the point where it will not stay open. Most large polyped stony corals (LPS) will allow themselves to be surrogate hosts to clowns without a home, which usually happens if there is no anemone available.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: The Sebae Clownfish was described by Bleeker in 1853. They are found in the Northern Indian Ocean including Java, Sumatra, Andaman Islands, India, SriLanka, Maldive Islands, and southern Arabian Peninsula.
Description: The Sebae Clownfish has a dark brown body with two wide vertical bands and an orange face. The anal fin is yellow and the caudal fin can be white or yellow. Juveniles are more yellow, getting browner as they age.
This fish is sometimes mistaken for the Banded Clownfish (Clark's Clownfish) AmphiprionClarkii as they have a similar color pattern. The Sebae can be distinguished by its second white band that tips toward the back of the fish on top, extending onto the dorsal fin; also by its yellow anal fin.
Maintenance difficulty: The Sebae Clownfish or Seba's Anemonefish is generally easy to keep. It is hardy and will take a variety of foods, making it easily kept in the aquarium without special care. It will do well in either a reef environment or a fish only aquarium. It needs both open space for swimming along with rocks/ corals that provide many crevices to hide in. No need for a sand bed. They like to have a host anemone, but it is not necessary.
Foods: The Sebae Clownfish will accept a wide variety of foods. Feed all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. In a reef situation they don't really need to be fed very often at all.
Maintenance: No special care or technique is needed to maintain this fish in the aquarium and it will become a hardy pet. It is usually a very active swimmer and it will venture to the surface for foods when well acclimated. Frequent water changes are not necessary, rather normal water changes at 10% biweekly or 20% monthly are fine.
For more information see, Marine Aquarium Basics: Maintenance
The tank should be well decorated with rocks/ corals with many hiding places, as well as open areas for swimming. There is no need for a sand bed. It can be kept in either a fish only tank or a reef aquarium.
Minimum Tank Length/Size:
A minimum 20 gallon (75 liters).
Light: Recommended light levels
No special requirements.
This species lives in tropical areas. Temperatures between 72 -78° F (22 - 25° C) will serve them well.
Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
Water movement is not a significant factor. It can tolerate a rather strong flow but slow-moving water will be more favorable for feeding.
Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
It swims actively, spending time in the open water as well as darting in and out of crevices in the decor. If it has a host anemone, it will spend most of its time in close proximity to it.
Social Behaviors: Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older. They can be kept singly, and if two or three are added to the aquarium at the same time they may be compatible.
Breeding/Reproduction: Sebae Clownfish or Seba's Anemonefish are being bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques on the Breeding Marine Fish page.