Animal-World’s Featured Pet for this week is: The Ocellaris Clownfish!
Have you ever been to a large aquarium? Such as the Long Beach Aquarium or the Monterey Bay Aquarium? I’m sure you have at least seen or heard of the Disney movie Finding Nemo! Maybe those things have perked your interest in starting up a saltwater aquarium? If you are a beginner saltwater aquarist, an Ocellaris Clownfish could be a great fish to begin with. You can have your very own Nemo!
The Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris is also known as the False Percula Clownfish or the Common Clownfish. This Clownfish looks very similar to the True Percula Clownfish Amphiprion percula but is actually much easier to keep. The Ocellaris Clownfish is a popular saltwater fish and is usually easy to find and fairly inexpensive at most pet stores and online. They are great for beginners because they are so hardy.
In the wild, the Ocellaris Clownfish can be found in northwestern Australia, the coast of Southeast Asia up towards the Ryuku Islands, the Adaman and Nicobar Islands in the Andaman Sea, the Philippines, and the Indo-Malayan Archipelago. Another appeal to keeping clownfish in general is that they can act as hosts to certain sea anemones! The different species of clownfish all have their own unique species of anemones that they will host. The Ocellaris Clownfish will host 3 different species. These species are the Gigantic Sea Anemone, the Magnificent Sea Anemone, and the Merten’s Sea Anemone. If you would like to try having your clwonfish host an anemone, I would suggest trying the Magnificent Sea Anemone or the Gigantic Sea Anemone first. These can be tough to care for however, so you may want to establish your tank and make sure your clownfish is thriving before introducing an anemone. And don’t forget that anemones have their own set of needs and specific environments they should be provided with as well!
When you first start out, you will want to obtain at least a 20 gallon aquarium, minimum. I would recommend starting with a larger one if you want a reef or would like to keep other fish as well. The Ocellaris Clownfish can grow to a little over 3 inches in length. These clownfish are the most peaceful of all the clowns. They can sometimes be kept with other clownfish of the same species although you won’t want to introduce any other types of clownfish. They are often territorial and can become aggressive as they get older. The care requirements for these fish are rather easy. They don’t require any special lighting, temperature, or water movement. You will want to provide good filtration to keep the water quality up and stable. The salinity should be at a level to keep the specific gravity between 1.020 and 1.026.
They will eat almost any sort of live, frozen, or flake foods that you purchase for them and don’t require a specific diet. Just give them a variety and they will be happy! Feed them at least once a day. You can feed them a few times a day if you wish, just give them smaller amounts (about what they will eat in 3 minutes).
Breeding clownfish in captivity can be done, but it can also be difficult. If you would like to try your hand at breeding them, you will want to have a stable marine environment for close to a year with a mated pair of clowns. Once you have a pair laying eggs, you are good to go! They will continue to mate and lay eggs as long as their environment stays stable. The offspring will need to be moved and grown in a separate aquarium than their parents. For more information on breeding clownfish, read this Breeding Marine Fish article.
When you decide you want your very own little Nemo, the Ocellaris Clownfish is a good marine fish to start with! Have fun!
Jasmine is a team member at Animal-World and has contributed many articles and write-ups.
Scott’s Fairy Wrasse
“Great Scott! If you’re a beginner in the saltwater hobby, and you want color… I’m the fish for you!”
The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse has a rainbow of colors and adds beauty to any marine aquarium!
The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus scottorum is one of several fairy wrasses and is on the large side. It’s full grown size is over 5 inches (13 cm) in length. Originating in the South Pacific, it ranges from the Pitcairn group of islands all the way to the east of Australia in the Coral Sea. Usually they hang out around the outer reefs in the foreground or in lagoons. This wrasse is also called the Scott’s Wrasse, the Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse, the Scott’s Velvet Wrasse, the Multicolor Fairy Wrasse, and the Greenback Fairy Wrasse.
The Cirrhilabrus species is one of the most beautiful of the wrasses. The majority of its body is bluish green surrounded by many other colors that gradually blend into it. All the fins and the underbelly are also covered with this blend of colors. You can actually tell the difference between species from other regions because each one has a different blend of colors on their body. The Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse, which comes from close to Australia, are more reddish in the fins and don’t have as distinct of colors. Wrasses which originate in the Cook Islands are more blue in the body, have yellow fins, and have distinct lines between their different colors. Because of the many different color variations, it is thought the different wrasses from different regions may actually be slightly different species!
This wrasse is a great beginner saltwater fish. They are easy to care for, hardy, and quite active! They do best when kept as the only wrasse, but can thrive in a community fish environment or a reef tank… Read More
Coral Beauty Angelfish
“Now here’s a tough little angelfish for a beginner aquarium. This small beauty is one of the all time favorites!”
The Coral Beauty Angelfish is genuinely “beautiful”… with many marine aquarists
The Coral Beauty AngelfishCentropyge bispinosa is one of a few dwarf angelfish species and is one of the more popular ones. These fish do not grow overly large, with a full grown length of 4 inches (10 cm). This gives them the appearance of being just a small version of a large angelfish! Even more importantly, the Coral Beauty has more lenient care requirements than many of the larger angelfish. This makes them ideal for beginners. In addition to being a relatively small marine fish, they are also fairly inexpensive and easy to find. In the pet industry, the Coral Beauty Angelfish is the second most commonly bought dwarf angel. The Flame Angelfish is the most common. Other names the Coral Beauty Angelfish goes by are the Dusky Angelfish and the Twospine Angelfish.
Many different colors and patterns with varied intensities are found in the wild. They are considered to be quite attractive. The most common coloring consists of red or orange with dark blue striping and a purple head and fins. Other somewhat common colors include all blue, orange, white, or yellow. They also sometimes don’t have vertical stripes or a purple head and fins. From the Philippines, imported Coral Beauty Angelfish often have a blue-red combination coloring. A desirable quality in these particular angelfish is that their colors do not fade with age!
Coral Beauty Angelfish are peaceful fish and resistant to disease. They have the same intelligence as larger angelfish. They don’t pick fights with other fish unless kept in small tanks where they feel they have to fight for some territory. In general, they can be kept with fish of the same size and smaller who have similar dispositions. They love lots of hiding places. As long as they are fed enough they will leave most corals alone… Read More
Beginner Saltwater Fish
“Many beautiful and inexpensive fish are available for beginning saltwater aquarists!”
Beginning aquarists will find keeping saltwater fish is a rewarding hobby!
Beginner saltwater fish are great way to start out in an ongoing and fun hobby! And even if you’ve kept freshwater fish before or are not new to marine aquariums, saltwater fish will still capture your attention and reward you with their beauty! More often than not, once you start keeping a marine aquarium, you will continue to want to expand it and try out new and different fish.
Marine fish, including the beginner saltwater fish, give you a huge selection to choose from. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. Many of these fish are much more pronounced than freshwater fish. Many people who go from freshwater to saltwater never go back because of the amazing diversity and beauty that saltwater fish and animals have to offer. Many of them have very individual personalities and their bright and varied colors often make a beautiful showcase in your home. Keeping saltwater aquariums can be difficult, however much more is known about it today than when the hobby first started, making it much more attainable by more people… Read More
I have a few spots on my bright yellow body – can you find them?
The Flagfin Angelfish is also called the Three-spot Angelfish – because of its three
The Flagfin Angelfish Apolemichthys trimaculatus is considered a very beautiful angel. Its main color is bright yellow, with an obvious black spot on its forehead and a purple mouth. This angel can grow fairly large – reaching 9.8″ (25 cm)! It has another common name – the Three-spot Angelfish – because of the three spots it has. These are a spot above the eye, the spot on its forehead, and faded spots behind each of its gill covers.
The Apolemichthys genus has eight species within it. The Flagfin Angelfish is the most common and is imported the most frequently. Most of the angels in this genus are considered to be quite hardy, but unfortunately the Flagfin Angelfish is not among the hardy ones. These angelfish are difficult to maintain for a long time in home aquariums. The main reason for this is they have special dietary needs that are hard to mimic in an aquarium… Read More
If you are fascinated by saltwater fish… This is going to be fun and exciting.
Under the Sea Radio Show…. Join us!
Blog/Talk radio show featuring Clarice Brough from Animal-World. Learn about hardy saltwater fish for the beginning marine aquarist. The discussion will be centered around an aquarium the size of 30 gallons, and the hardy fish that are available for beginning saltwater aquarists. Included will be Damselfish, Clownfish, Cardinals and many others.
Keeping marine fish is a wonderful hobby. If you are a beginner about to start your first saltwater aquarium, you are embarking on a grand adventure. Marine fish are some of the most spectacular aquatic animals, and there is a very diverse and magnificent selection to choose from. The benefits of keeping saltwater fish are many. They are entertaining, relaxing, and make an incredibly beautiful show piece for your home.
Saltwater fish keeping is an exciting hobby for anyone interested in learning more about life in our oceans. You can see pictures and information for all sorts of marine species in our World of Saltwater Aquariums atlas too.
Sharks are creatures of the deep. They are similar to their prehistoric ancestors in build and purpose. If you are fascinated with this aquatic character, here are some things you need to know about buying a pet shark.
Sharks can be classified as what people call “exotic pets.” They are not the typical type of animal that one takes into their home as a companion. For many pets, there are no special requirements for living environment except comfort. With sharks, you are dealing with a different habitat – the sea.
Most sharks are saltwater fish. This means that you would need to create that same environment within your home if you want your pet to thrive and survive. But this doesn’t need to be your first consideration when deciding on this type of pet. Let’s begin at the beginning.
What to Know before Owning a Pet Shark
1. Research – Just like with any other purchase, research all there is to know about it. When it comes to sharks, this will include but not be limited to: types of sharks kept as pets, housing requirements, expense, breeders, veterinary care and maintenance.
2. Cost – Owning exotic pets often comes with a high price tag. Because sharks need a lot of room to move, this dictates a large aquarium or pool environment for them. If you don’t already own one, you’ll have to construct it. Factor in dietary needs as well.
3. What to expect – Your pet may start off at four inches long but grow to over a foot in length. This may require a larger habitat in no time at all. Also, sharks are aggressive by nature. You don’t want your choice of pet to put you or others at risk.
4. Know the law – There are different regulations in each state that govern the ownership of certain types of pets. The last thing you want is to run afoul of the law.
5. Ask the experts – Find out from breeders how to spot a sick animal so you don’t get “had” your first time out. Learn to recognize if your shark is not well and needs medical attention.
A pet shark can be a wonderful addition to your home if you are ready for the responsibility. If not, you are endangering the life of the animal entrusted to your care. To that end, establish your shark habitat before bringing it home.
Be sure that you have a large enough aquarium with the proper salt content, sandy bottom and aquarium extras (rocks, etc.) to satisfy the needs of your new pet. A minimum aquarium size is about 200 gallons (depending on the type). Your shark will grow quickly and you don’t want to have to upgrade too soon.
Give your new pet shark every advantage by doing your homework first.
Saltwater Aquarium Guide
Setting up a Saltwater Aquarium
"Super Quick Guide – Beginner saltwater aquarium setup in five easy steps! All you need… supplies, setup, cycling, and fish!”
Anyone can keep a saltwater aquarium! If you so desire and are dedicated, you can begin
keeping many types of marine life!
Many types of marine life – including fish, invertebrates and corals are available to keep in a home saltwater aquarium. Owning and maintaining a saltwater fish tank can be extremely fun and exciting because of this, regardless of whether you are just starting out or not!
Check out Animal-World’s Quick Guide to a beginner’s saltwater aquarium! It gives an outline in five steps, including needed supplies, building the aquarium, cycling the aquarium, and how to introduce your fish… Read More!
Choosing fish as a pet for your home may appear to be an easy choice, but choosing what type of fish is right for your lifestyle may need a little more knowledge and investigation.
After deciding that pet fish would make the best choice to suit your lifestyle, you need to begin researching how much time and effort you have to put into this endeavor.
Variety – Varieties of aquariums can fall under the categories of freshwater, marine, reef, and even pond.
Size – Starting with gallon sizes, you must realize that fish tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from the standard size goldfish bowl up to tanks that hold 100 gallons or more. Aquariums vary in shape ranging from oval and tall, to wide. Remember, the larger the tank, the more maintenance of equipment or expense may be involved, and the smaller the tank, the more difficult to keep clean. Once you have decided on the size and shape of your tank, be sure to find the appropriate base or stand for your tank as larger tanks can weigh upwards of 200 pounds.
Type of fish – Once you have decided on what size tank you wish to care for, you need to gain knowledge regarding what type of fish can thrive it that size tank. Some fish require larger spaces if they are a dominating species of fish. Others may be too small for a larger tank, and be preyed upon by larger fish. Compatibility is a factor as some species of fish can be aggressive, nipping at fins of other fish.
Home Environment – Water temperature, PH balance, hardness, plant species, heating and filtration systems are only a few components you will need to explore as you dive into the proper care of your particular species of fish. Whether or not they eat live plants, other feeder fish or insect larvae as well as vitamins and supplements are factors for which you will need to obtain and be educated.
Style – The style of the fish tank or aquarium depends upon your reasoning for owning one. If you were considering fish as a family pet, then a small to medium size (perhaps 10 gallon) tank would suit your needs. On the other hand, if you are dressing to impress, there are choices from custom made, wall-to-wall, and even floor-to-ceiling aquariums.
Whatever choice you make, be sure it is a choice that you are comfortable in making. Obtaining knowledge as to what is involved regarding cost, upkeep and maintenance, but mostly the care for your fish will assist you in deciding swimmingly on what type of fish is right for your lifestyle.