Sunday, October 9, 2011

Life of Ocellaris Clownfish

Life of Sea | Ocellaris clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) | This popular aquarium fish is also known as False Percula Clownfish, Ocellaris clownfish, False Clown Anemonefish, and Anemone Demoiselle. They are very closely related True Percula Clownfish or Orange Clownfish. However, False Percula Clownfish is stronger and less aggressive than Orange clownfish. They live in salt water shallow reefs. In nature you can find them through the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean to Australia.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Perciformes
Family:     Pomacentridae
Subfamily:     Amphiprioninae
Genus:     Amphiprion
Species:     A. ocellaris

This clownfish is identified by the color orange with three white bars and black markings on the fins. It grows to about eight centimeters (three inches) in length. One can distinguish between Orange ocellaris and their respective colors and patterns. Ocellaris clownfish are generally less vividly colored, and have 11 dorsal spines, instead of 10, when the orange clownfish. Orange clownfish are bright orange irises, making their eyes appear smaller, while Ocellaris clownfish have gray or orange irises which kind eyes seem larger. Around Darwin, Australia, is a rare melanistic variety from the reefs, which is a darker color with the normal white stripes.

This strain is easy to feed, like most other clownfish. The Ocellaris clownfish is omnivorous and will accept most foods including marine flake food. They need a varied diet of both algae and other vegetable matter and meaty foods. A good diet can be built around a good quality marine flake food that is supplemented by various types of frozen and live foods. They like it when there is algae in the aquarium where they can grace when they are hungry between feedings. Feed them 3-4 times a day, if possible.

This species is one of the most popular species of anemone fish kept in aquariums. It is considered the easiest to care. The ocellaris clownfish has a symbiotic relationship with the anemone. It will often opt for an anemone to protect it from predators. In exchange for protection, the clownfish feed the anemone and clearing waste.

After the movie "Finding Nemo" Ocellaris clownfish become very popular. The number of collected fish greatly increased because the demand for the fish and in some areas the population could not keep the harvest, and these populations are threatened today. Many of the collected fish died in the hands of novice marine aquarists and beginners who may have had a much better experience if they bought more copies tank race that might have survived in their tanks. By not buy wild caught specimen can help ease the pressure on wild populations.

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