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Barrier Reef Clownfish
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Barrier Reef Clownfish
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Pet Barrier Reef Clownfish For Sale
Barrier Reef Clownfish are one of the more sought after species as they are relatively hard to find. There are 28 recognized species of Clownfish that are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. If hosting in an anemone or coral, the Barrier Reef Clownfish may take food back to it's host and feed it.
Scientific Name: Amphiprion akindynos
Identification: Juvenile Barrier Reef Clownfish are darker and exhibit different markings than the final adult coloration. The middle body bar in the juvenile fish extends up into the dorsal fin. As the marine fish matures the two white stripes develop an exquisite blue hue. The caudal fin of juveniles is black with a white horizontal bar on top that changes to white in the final adult stage. This is a large clownfish species that grows to about 5 inches. Despite its large size, the Barrier Reef Clownfish it is not particularly aggressive and fares very well in captivity.
Size: 1.0-2.0 inches and matures to 3 inches in length
Origin: The Barrier Reef Clownfish is a species of anemonefish that is principally found in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, but also in nearby locations in the Western Pacific. It has also been found in waters off of The Coral Sea, northern New South Wales, New Caledonia, sections of the Indian Ocean and around the Loyalty Islands.
Habitat: This Clownfish is often found in reef waters and lagoons in Australia between 1 and 25 meters deep with temperatures ranging from 50-89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The Barrier Reef Clownfish are found in nature swimming in and closely around the tentacles of their host anemone. They are able to live and make shelter among the tentacles of anemones without being harmed by the nematocysts (stinging cells) present on the anemone’s tentacles.
Diet: Feed a varied diet including frozen mysis shrimp, raw shrimp, silversides, flake, pellet and other commercially prepared foods. If hosting in an anemone or coral, the Barrier Reef Clownfish may take food back to it's host and feed it.
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive - Clownfish is displayed as ritualized, non-harmful behaviors. However, aggression is more pronounced between the all of the males. There is a distinct pecking order where the largest male spends time chasing and bullying the next largest male, who in turn bullies the smaller fish. have a very interesting social structure. There is a single dominant female in each social group who is the largest of all the fish inhabiting an anemone. She has a single male mate who is the second largest fish. Between two and four other smaller males can also live in the anemone. There is generally an amicable relationship between the female and her mate, and any aggression by the female Barrier Reef
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
Reef Tank Compatibility: Always reef safe, the Barrier Reef Clownfish do not need a sea anemone to survive in a reef tank. However, keeping Clownfish with a sea anemone fosters a symbiotic relationship that is fascinating to observe. In the wild, the Barrier Reef Clownfish has been observed in several species of sea anemones including the Bubble Tip anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor), Beaded anemone(Heteractis aurora), Sebae anemone (Heteractis crispa), Magnificent Sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Haddon’s Carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) and Merten's Carpet anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii)
Reproduction: The Barrier Reef Clownfish (Anemonefish) is a nesting fish. A few days before mating aggression from the dominant male towards the female increases, and at the same time he begins clearing a nest site, usually on a rock close to the host anemone. The rock is cleaned of algae, sometimes with the assistance of the female. When spawning takes place the female zig-zags over the nest site and the male follows fertilizing the eggs which have been deposited. Between 100 and 1000 elliptical eggs of between 3 and 4 mm in length may be laid. They are attached to the nest site by a mass of short filaments. The male Barrier Reef Clownfish guards and aerates the eggs for 6 to 7 days until they hatch. The larvae are then dispersed by currents and swimming. Larvae mortality is high, with most of the surviving larvae settling on the original reef.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Life Span: Amphiprion akindynos have been known to live 18 years in captivity, and generally live between 6 and 10 years in the wild.
Determining Sex: The Barrier Reef Clownfish is a sequential hermaphrodite with a strict sized based dominance hierarchy: the female is largest, the breeding male is second largest, and the male non-breeders get progressively smaller as the hierarchy descends. They exhibit protandry, meaning the breeding male will change to female if the sole breeding female dies, with the largest non-breeder becomes the breeding male.
Additional Information: This species of Clownfish are protected from possible stings by a special substance which is present in their external mucous covering. This substance does not actually protect them from the stinging cells. Instead, it lowers the threshold of nematocyst discharge. In other words, it prevents the stinging cells from firing. Barrier Reef Clownfish use visual cues to communicate among themselves. Chemical communication via their protective mucous covering is essential to their symbiosis with anemones. have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with their host anemones. This arrangement works for both and their host. Without the anemone’s protection and shelter, are quickly consumed. Conversely fight off intruders, such as anemone-eating Butterflyfish that would otherwise prey on the anemone.