Caring for the Clowns
Clownfish are one of the quintessential fish pictured when one mentions having a saltwater tank and understandably so! From their comical swimming (from which they derive their name) to their outgoing personality, clownfish are truly an aquarium member that quickly find themselves as part of the family. Their popularity has only soared since Nemo made his debut over 10 Years ago and his return this summer is sure to inspire a new wave of young aquarists. The good news is that beginning with a clownfish is a great choice for a budding aquarist as they are hardy fish (especially captive bred individuals) that can make themselves at home in a wide array of settings.
But before you rush out to find your own Nemo, it is important to understand what he needs to be happy & healthy within his aquatic abode. Otherwise, you might find yourself becoming the next Disney villain!
There are several different species of clownfish (sometimes referred to as anenome fish) available within the aquarium trade. This particular care sheet will be focusing on the common clownfish or False Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris).