Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life of Pink Skunk Clownfish

Life of Sea | Pink Skunk Clownfish (Amphipirion perideraion) | Pink skunk clownfish is also called Pink clownfish, Pink anemonefish or  Pink skunk anemonefish. This clownfish is commonly found in market as pet in aquarium. It is known as one of the smallest of clownfish. Pink skunk clownfish originates from the eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean and is common throughout the Indo-Australian Archipelago. In wild, it lives in lagoons, reef faces and fore reef slopes at depths of 10 to 100 feet. Its favorite anemone host is the magnificent sea anemone, but it will also associate with the leathery, longtentacled and giant carpet anemone.

Pink skunk clownfish has a peach-orange base color with one white stripe behind the head that runs from the nose and down the entire length of the back. Another contrasting white stripe is located just behind the eyes. Pink skunk clownfish has, as the name suggests, a pink to yellowish base color on the body. There is a characteristic white "skunk" field on top of the body and a narrow vertical white stripe runs the height of the fish just in front of the pelvic fin.

Pink skunk clownfish is one of the least aggressive members of the anemone fish group. While it may bicker with other anemone fish, the pink skunk clownfish tends to be dominated by most of its relatives. Pink skunk clownfish normally lives harmoniously in groups, but it will occasionally behave aggressively toward conspecifics in order to maintain its social status.Pink skunk clownfish’s place in the pecking order is a function of size – the larger it is, the more dominant it tends to be. The largest fish is usually the female. Pink skunk clownfish tends to be subjugated by other damselfish, hawkfish, dottybacks and other aggressive substrate-bound fish species. The pink skunk clownfish is a wonderful addition to the reef aquarium.

Pink skunk clownfish is just like most other clownfish species easy to feed. They are omnivores and prefer a mix of meaty food and vegetables such as algae. They willingly accept marine flake food and can be kept and bred on a diet consisting of high quality flakes. I do however recommend a more varied diet consisting of high quality flakes as well as a variety of small frozen foods. They like to eat algae but are less prone to it than many other clownfish species. If they are kept in a reef aquarium with a lot of live rock and healthy algae growth they can be fed more sparsely and be given a smaller amount of vegetables than what they would need in an aquarium without algae. Feed this fish 2-3 times a day.

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