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Ocellaris Clownfish Types, Care, Diet & Tank Requirments

The Ocellaris Clownfish is one of the popular saltwater fishes known to many people beyond aquarists, all thanks to the movie ‘Finding Nemo’ in which the famous Nemo character played is the Ocellaris Clownfish. This movie stirred the interest in this fish among People especially Kids and teens.

In this article, You will know more about Ocellaris Clownfish, the different types of clownfish, also about the care and maintenance requisites for this incredible Saltwater fish.

Ocellaris General Information

  • Scientific Name: Amphiprion ocellaris
  • Other Names: Ocellaris Clownfish, False Percula Clownfish, Common Clownfish, Nemo
  • Max Growth: 4-4.5 inches
  • Minimum tank Size: 15-gallons
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Care Level: Moderarte
  • Diet: Omnivores
  • Lifespan: 15+ years

Size & Appearance

Most Ocellaris Clownfish grow maximum up to a length of 4.5 inches and the females are larger than males. Maroon Clownfish is the largest of all clownfish species.

Types of Clownfish

Most People remember Ocellaris clownfish only as seen in Finding Nemo or Finding Dory. Besides this popular orange and white combo of clownfish, there are more than two dozen species of clownfish living in the ocean and they exist in various colors such as red, yellow, black, brown with multiple color combinations. Let’s see the types of clownfish that have been explored so far

Clownfish Species NameAppearance
Black ClownfishBlack Clownfish
Tomato ClownfishTomato Clownfish
Orange clownfishorange clownfish
Snowflake Clownfishsnowflake clownfish
Frostbite Clownfishfrostbite clownfish
Clarkii Clownfishclarkii clownfish
Black storm clownfish
black storm clownfish
Lightning Maroon clownfish
lightning maroon clownfish
Black ice clownfish
black ice clownfish
Mocha storm clownfish
mocha clownfish
Pink skunk clownfish
pink skunk clownfish
Gladiator clownfish
gladiator clownfish
Platinum clownfish
Platinum Clownfish
Orange storm clownfishorange storm clownfish
White clownfish
white clownfish
Davinci Clownfishdavinci clownfish

Clownfish Habitat

In the wild, Clownfish live in the tentacles of Sea anemones and mutually coexist to support each other’s living. The poisonous sting of anemones protects the clownfish from predators while the clownfish eat algae, and wastes from anemones and keep them clean.

Clownfish Diet

Ocellaris Clownfish are omnivores, they survive on eating algae, worms, plants, and small planktons moving in the ocean. In-home aquariums they can do well with similar kinds of food they eat in the wild.

You can feed finely chopped shrimps, meaty fish, and also you provide them flakes & pellet types of food.

Best Aquarium Anemone For Clownfish

In the wild, Clownfish will host Suitable anemones on the basis of natural selection, carpet anemones are one of the natural hosts for clownfish in the ocean. But unfortunately, it is difficult to keep anemones in the aquarium, as most won’t survive well in captivity.

If you wish to accommodate an anemone in your clownfish aquarium, you may have a few hardy anemones such as Saddle anemones, Bubble tip anemones that are known to thrive in captivity & best fit for aquariums.

Artifical Anemone for Clownfish

Failing in keeping anemones is not always the end, you can explore artificial options available in the market. These are imitations of sea anemones made up of silicone, they look very similar to natural anemones.

Tankmates for Clownfish

If you keep peaceful types of clownfish such as Ocellaris Clownfish, then the similar kind peaceful and nonaggressive fishes will be the best tankmate for them. If you have Aggressive species of clownfish, It is far better to keep them alone in the tank.