With exceptional characteristics, the clownfish stands out in any aquarium thanks to its intense colors and its great beauty. This species, which inhabits the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, is very easy to keep at home, although there are some important aspects in its care that we should not overlook.
In the following lines, you will find some tips and recommendations that will help you take care of a clownfish successfully.
Clean and crystalline water inside an aquarium that has the appropriate measures, are two essential conditions for the proper care of Amphiprion ocellaris, scientific name of the clownfish.
For this, it is necessary to have an aquarium with a minimum capacity of 75 liters, although this will depend on the amount of other species with which it will live. In addition, the aquarium must have a good filter that allows keeping the water in optimal conditions.
The water temperature should be warm, being adequate that it is within the range of 24 ° C and 26 ° C, so it is advisable to have a temperature regulator in the aquarium. In addition, being a saltwater fish, the salinity level should be between 1,020 and 1,023, measured with a hydrometer.
It is also important to have other elements of any other aquarium, such as gravel and vegetation; In addition, it is recommended to have a coral and an anemone for each specimen of clownfish.
The feeding of this species
The clownfish is omnivorous generalist, whose diet is composed of plants, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton, all in equal parts. The presence of the anemone in its habitat is vital since there is a symbiosis that favors the existence of both species.
Thus, in addition to protecting the clownfish from other major species that may inhabit the aquarium, the anemone also provides food through its food waste and parasites.
It is necessary that the feeding of the clownfish is composed of white fish, cooked mussels, squid, octopus, small crustaceans and peeled prawns. The diet may include quality dry feed.
Species compatible with the clownfish
In addition to anemones, there are some related species with the clownfish that must be known to avoid incompatibilities in the aquarium. Thus, we can consider the Blue Damsel and Yellowtail Damsel as examples of tropical fish that are compatible with this species.
Shrimp of the genus Periclimines, typical of temperate waters and tropical reefs, are a species perfectly compatible with both clownfish and anemones, because their diet is based on the residues of both species.
Other related species with the clownfish are the real grandmother fish or Gramma Loreto, the blue surgeon fish, the rainbow goby and the blennie.
Finally, it should be borne in mind that this species is prone to bacterial diseases such as tuberculosis, coral fish disease or white spot disease. That is why it is necessary to keep the aquarium clean and at the right temperature.