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Home Aquarium: How to Care for Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish

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An aquarium at home is a wonderful hobby. It's something that anybody, retired, single, the love lost, can relish and give a new impetus to one's life. Observing the fishes and seeing them grow can be a very uplifting experience. Now the important thing is what sort of wish to populate your aquarium. You can go in for a freshwater fish or a seawater fish. One of the fishes I recommend to populate your aquarium is the seawater Ocellaris clownfish. The fish grows to a size of 3 inches and one can be happy to see it cavorting in the aquarium.

This white ocellaris clownfish originates in the eastern part of the Indian Ocean and the western part of the Pacific Ocean down to Australia. This fish has been extensively harvested by aquarium enthusiasts, with the result that the fish is becoming an endangered species.

The Ocellaris clownfish is in great demand for aquariums, especially after the fish was featured in the animated film” Finding Nemo”. I wonder how many have seen this animated film. It is the perfect fish for a salt water enthusiast who is a beginner. I presume you are a beginner. The fish is resilient and not very aggressive. It also requires much less care in the fish tank than other fishes.

The fish has three white vertical stripes on its body and black tips to its fins, giving it an exotic look. The ocellaris is a fish that is quite common. The Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish is very distinctive with its jet-black body and three white stripes on each side


In the Aquarium

Having decided to go in for this breed, it's best to buy a tank-bred fish. The tank-bred fish is harder and more resilient than the ocean specimen. For this reason, tank-bred clownfish are preferable to ocean clownfish. Another reason is that the ocean species will not become endangered. The ideal method of keeping this saltwater fish is in a ‘fish only aquarium’.

The hobbyist must take some elementary precautions when the fish is kept in an aquarium. It can be kept in saltwater with other species that are not too aggressive that may eat the clownfish. They must also not be kept with other species of clownfish.

The clownfish will need a tank of 120 liters or 30 gallon capacity. The temperature should be maintained between 24°C - 27°C and the salinity at 1.020 - 1.024 and the pH from 8.0 to 8.4.The hobbyist must decorate the fish tank with many caves and crannies. These are important as the fish needs them to hide it.

Feeding though easy, requires meticulous care. Bear in mind that the Ocellaris clownfish is an omnivore. It will eat all foods including marine flake food. The fish should be fed a varied diet containing algae, other vegetable matter and meaty food. The clownfish diet should have high quality marine flake food which can be supplemented with frozen and live food. Care must be taken to feed the clownfish at least 3 to 4 times a day. The gaps between the feeds should be uniform.

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The last aspect is breeding the clownfish in your tank. Remember that the males are smaller than the females, but the females are more aggressive. All clownfish at birth are males, but when they pair the dominant fish turns to a female. This is a peculiar phenomenon and has to be understood.

The fish lay eggs on a flat surface and may use a rock for this purpose. Hence a flat rock must be part of the tank. The eggs will normally hatch in 6-11 days depending on the temperature. It is advisable to rear the fry in a separate tank. You may well like to know the cost of buying a clownfish. A standard clownfish will cost between $10 to $25 in the USA.

The fry at birth is more sensitive than adult fish and requires a little more care. They need less food but at a greater frequency. Care must be taken to feed them every two to three hours.

The best part is that this fish is a hardy aquarium fish that is great for beginners. Once you start breeding them then the thrill you will get is unimaginable. So friends best of luck. If a hobbyist is stuck anywhere , rememeber I am always there.


MG Singh (author) from UAE on June 09, 2021:

Thank you, Devika, for commenting.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 09, 2021:

MG Singh thank you for an informative hub. This is useful and well-explained. The Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish sounds a great idea for one to take care of knowing your valuable points.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on June 08, 2021:

Thank you Tony, for sparing time and commenting

Tony on June 08, 2021:

Nice article, i have an aquarium and it's a great hobby. But don't keep fish if you cant devote time as this hobby requires it,

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