Clarkii Clownfish, Dream Fish for the Beginning Saltwater Aquarist!
The Clarkii Clownfish Amphiprion clarkii has it all! If you’re new to the saltwater aquarium hobby but looking for a fabulous eye catcher, this guys right on the money. A handsome devil with an attitude, it struts its stuff in style.
This is a very hardy clownfish that will make any aquarist proud. Whether your a beginner or advanced, a fish only keeper or a mini reef keeper, the Clark’s Anemonefish can work in almost any tank. And when it comes to needing a host anemone, this fish can take it or leave it. But if you want to keep it with an anemeone it will happily accept any of the 10 regularly available clown-hosting types. Yeah, this guy has it all!
Learn more about the Clarkii Clownfish and how to keep it.
Three Band Anemonefish, One of the Greatest Clownfish for beginners!
The Three Band Anemonefish Amphiprion tricinctus is one of those incredibly pretty saltwater clownfish. It immediately draws an audience to its tank where it preforms all those clownish antics its family is re-knowned for. But better than that the Tricinctus Clownfish is very durable and is one of the least aggressive of its group. Truly a beginning saltwater aquarists dream!
Being a rather cheeky little fellow it makes a very personable pet. Which is just another great bonus in keeping this saltwaterfish! Learn more about the Three Band Anemonefish and how to keep it.
“I am a Beauty!”
The Vermiculated Angelfish looks strikingly similar to the Butteflyfish!
The Vermiculated Angelfish Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus is a beautiful fish! Its appearance is quite similar to the Butterflyfish. In fact at first glance many people mistake it for a Butterflyfish! It is a smaller fish, reaching about 7 inches (18 cm) in length. It is amazing to look at with extremely blue lips and yellow face. They also have a vertical line on their eyes. Their bodies are two colors; white behind the head which fades into black. This pattern has tiny sprinkles of yellow all through it. The bi-colored body starts out in triangular white patch behind the head fading into a larger black area, accented with a yellow speckled patterning throughout. It kind of appears like there are wavy lines along the body, which is where the “vermiculated” part of their name comes from. Other names this fish is commonly called are the Singapore Angelfish, the Vermiculate Angelfish, and the Red Sea Butterflyfish.
If you are looking for an angelfish of this genus, you won’t have far to look! Being the most common fish available in this genus, you can find it or order it at most saltwater fish stores. There are actually 2 different species that were both thought to be the same species, just with different color tails. The Vermiculated Angelfish was thought to be the yellowtail variation and the other was the graytail variation. In 2009 the graytail variation officially became its own species called Chaetodontoplus poliourus (It has no common name, yet). The Vermiculated Angelfish has also been noted to look like the Indian Yellowtail Angelfish Apolemichthys xanthurus. The main difference between the two is that the Yellowtail Angelfish is smaller (only reaches about 6 inches) and has larger scales on its lateral line.
The Vermiculated Angelfish is a moderately difficult fish to care for. They do make great fish if they adapt to their new environment. Unfortunately, only about 50% of these fish survive in captivity. If they are too stressed out, they will often quit eating and starve themselves to death. A good plan is to keep the aquarium in a quiet room with few visitors to help reduce their stress levels… Read More
“I have a striking and unique coloring, which is different than other angelfish in my genus!”
This Blue-girdled Angelfish is probably the shyest of angelfish, but one of the most
The Blue-girdled Angelfish Pomacanthus navarchus is a stunning specimen. The most unique saltwater angelfish species belong to the Pomacanthus genus. Another name for this species is the Majestic Angelfish, and it is just as exotic as the rest of the species in this genus! When full-grown, these angelfish have quite the color pattern! Their faces and bodies are bright orange and yellow, covered with very deep blues. They have a girdled appearance which includes neon blue outlines, hence where their name came from. They are also called Navarchus Angelfish, a name derived from their scientific description.
When young, the Blue-girdled Angelfish has coloring more common to other species in the Pomacanthus genus. They have black bodies with blue vertical curved stripes. But this is only for a very short time period. When they reach about 2.5 inches they are already beginning to change to their adult colors. In general, these angelfish grow much more slowly than typical and in captivity rarely reach 10 inches. They should still be provided with a fairly large aquarium, however. They will breed with another angelfish, the Blue-faced Angelfish Pomacanthus xanthometopon, in the wild. This cross breeding will result in larger fish which can grow up to almost 15 inches in length.
Many species belong to the Pomacanthidae family, but this particular angelfish appears to be the most timid of them all. The Blue-girdled Angelfish does best if provided with several hiding places (such as caves) which it can get to quickly. This helps it acclimate and become used to its surroundings with minimal stress. They are sometimes so shy they won’t even come out to eat when first added to a new aquarium. Other species do not seem to have this extreme shyness problem, so they are unique in this aspect as well. If you are considering buying one of these fish, you would probably do best to buy a young one, because the younger they are the better able they’ll be to adapt to new surroundings… Read More
“Oh yeah baby, I have it all: Color is my nickname and flame is my game!”
The Flame Angelfish is the dwarf angelfish for you if you love beauty!
A common dwarf angelfish in the saltwater industry is the beautiful Flame Angelfish Centropyge loricula. It is an extremely colorful pygmy angel and many saltwater enthusiasts plan to have one sooner or later! They are called ‘flame’ because they are colored similarly to fire flames! They are reddish orange with several vertical black lines running down their body. Their dorsal and anal fins have a bright blue color on their tips to top it off! There is a larger Angelfish, the King Angelfish Holacanthus passer which has similar colors while it is a juvenile, but as an adult does not have nearly the coloration.
The Flame Angelfish is often a good fish for casually experienced saltwater fish owners. Their care is moderately easy, however they should be watched closely if you plan to put them in a reef environment. In reefs they will sometimes ruin the corals, sponges and other reef inhabitants. This is true of most pygmy angelfish – they can be little mischief makers sometimes! They can often live peacefully with most invertebrates, but as the Flame Angelfish becomes older there is a higher chance that they will being nipping at any sessile (non-moving) invertebrates. And of course, the larger your aquarium, the less you will have to worry about problems occurring. If your reef is over 100 gallons, there will be more room and the angels won’t feel as territorial and will therefore will do less damage to any other particular specimens. As a general rule you will not want your aquarium to be less than 30 gallons for these fish, but to make sure they thrive you will want to provide at least a 75 gallon aquarium… Read More
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