Percula Clownfish Orange and Black SML
The Percula Clownfish is one of the most sought after clownfish. Captive-bred specimens are hardier and better suited to an aquarium environment.
The Percula Clownfish is semi-aggressive and may have issues with other clowns. However, they can co-habit with any fish that get on well with small semi-aggressive species.
It has a combination of colours, - orange, white and black. This colouration can vary from mostly white, to mostly orange or a mixture of the 3.
Tank bred Percula Clownfish are the hardiest type and the preferable option. They are easy to take care of and suitable for beginner aquarists.
Reproduction starts with a courtship a few days before the female spawns. The male and female will clean a flat rock surface near an anemone where the eggs will be deposited and then stick to. When the female is about to spawn, she will nip the anemone, so it retracts and reveals the area for depositing the eggs. Immediately after spawning, the male will enter the site and fertilize the eggs.
Percula Clownfish are versatile enough to stay in a reef or fish only environment. It is important to keep the tank well maintained with good quality water.
The natural habitat of the Percula Clownfish is on shallow coral reefs, hosting an anemone.
The natural habitat of the Percuala Clownfishs is in the Western Pacific, on the Great Barrier Reef, Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Vanuatu.
Tank Recommendations for the Percula Clownfish
Tank size should be at least 30 gallons (113.5 litres).
This species will adapt well to a reef aquarium or a fish only environment. They are not great swimmers so water movement should not be too strong.
If you are keeping Perucla Clownfish with an anemone, the tank size should be increased to at least 55 gallons (209 litres).
Suitable Tank Buddies
Percula Clownfish can co-habit with any fish that don’t bother smaller semi-aggressive fish.
They should not share a tank with larger fish who are capable of swallowing them whole.
Suitable tank buddies for Percula Clownfish include Batfish, Angelfish, Grunts/Sweetlips, Damselfish, Foxface/Rabbitfish, Wrasses, Pufferfish and Tangs/Surgeonfish.
Caution is advised if housing with Triggerfish or Hogfish. They will be aggressive to their own kind, so it is best to keep then singly or in a pair.
Percula Clownfish should not be housed with larger, more aggressive fish such as Anglerfish/Frogfish, Sharks/Rays, Groupers Eels and Lions/Scorpions. Seahorse/Pipefish are too delicate and may be outcompeted for algae.
Feeding Your Percula Clownfish
The Percula Clownfish is omnivorous. It will eat a variety of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, chopped fish and crustacean flesh.
Flake food and pellets are also suitable, they will consume algae in the tank but if it isn’t enough available it’s recommended to include spirulina in their diet.
|Scientific Name||Amphiprion Percula|
|Common Names||Percula Clownfish, Orange Clownfish, Blackfinned Clownfish, Percula Anemonefish, Orange Anemonefish, Eastern Clownfish, Eastern Clown Anemonefish.|
|Max. Length (cm)||7.6|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||114|
|Origin||Western Pacific, on the Great Barrier Reef, Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Vanuatu|
|Water Conditions||22.2-25.5°C (72-78° F), dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025|