Percula Onyx Clownfish - Medium
The Percula Onyx Clownfish is a darker variant of the Percula species. It has beautiful colour patterns and is one of the standout Clownfish.
The Percula Onyx Clownfish has a similar colour pattern to the True Percula. It is orange, white, and black, but the black is more predominant on its body, taking up a large part of its body.
Percula Onyx Clownfish are selectively bred for their darker colour pattern. Fish breeder Bill Addison is credited for the purest black colours for this species. They will usually spawn near the base of their host anemone. When rearing the fry, you should feed them copepods or rotifers.
The Percula Clownfish originates from Papua New Guinea. It inhabits the Western Pacific Ocean, including areas such as the Great Barrier Reef. They are found on shallow reefs near a host anemone, up to depths of 12 meters.
Tank Recommendations for the Percula Onyx Clownfish
Percula Onyx Clownfish should be housed in a tank of at least 30 gallons (113.5 litres) capacity. If you are keeping Percula Clownfish with an Anemone, increase tank size to at least 55 gallons.
Percula Onyx Clownfish are a hardy species, and easy to take care of. They can adapt to a reef aquarium or a fish only tank.
It is important to keep the tank well maintained with good quality water. Water movement strength should allow for the fact that Perculas aren't strong swimmers.
Suitable Tank Buddies
Percula Onyx Clownfish are semi-aggressive and may become aggressive with other clownfish. But they can co-habit with fish that tolerate small semi-aggressive species.
Larger predatory fish which can swallow them whole should not be kept in the same tank.
There are a variety of suitable tank buddies for Percula Onyx Clownfish. This includes Wrasse, Batfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Grunts, Foxface/Rabbitfish, Pufferfish and Tangs.
Triggerfish or Hogfish will need monitoring. Percula Onyx Clownfish are best kept singly or in a mated pair otherwise, they may show aggression to conspecifics.
Avoid larger, more aggressive predatory fish. Examples include Sharks/Rays, Anglerfish/Frogfish, Lionfish/Scorpionfish, Groupers and Eels. Seahorse and Pipefish are too delicate to co-habit in the same tank as Perculas.
Feeding Your Percula Onyx Clownfish
The Percula Clownfish is omnivorous. Suitable foods include brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, crustacean flesh and chopped fish. They will also consume flake food and pellets and tank algae. If there isn’t enough algae, spirulina can be added to their diet.
|Scientific Name||Amphiprion Percula|
|Common Names||Black Onyx Percula Clownfish, Percula Onyx Clownfish.|
|Max. Length (cm)||8|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||114|
|Origin||Papua New Guinea|
|Water Conditions||22.2-25.5°C (72-78° F), dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025|