The Skunk Clownfish has a distinctive look compared to other clown fish. It is easy to take care of and feed.
Skunk Clownfish are great for a reef environment especially if they are hosting an anemone.
The Skunk Clownfish can be aggressive to other smaller Clownfish and smaller fish in general and is better off housed with larger more aggressive fish.
The Skunk Clownfish is a light orange colour and has a white stripe running from its head to its tail fin.
Skunk Clownfish are hermaphroditic. They are a monogamous species when hosting an anemone, the family group will consist of a large female and a smaller male, usually with some juveniles. If the female is taken out of the group, the male will change sex and adopt her role. One of the juveniles will step up to become the family “paternal” male.
It is common for Skunk clownfish to live in a group with a host anemone. This is usually with anemones such as Stichodactyla mertensil or Heteractis magnifica. Alternative anemones (or corals with similarities) can be accepted as substitutes.
Skunk Clownfish can be bred in captivity, when considering a purchase there may be the option of asking the retailer for a captive bred specimen.
In their natural environment, Skunk Clownfish can be found in shallow areas of coastal reefs, where there are currents. They are usually located within depths of around 25 meters.
In the wild, it originates from the Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia, Red Sea and Central & West Pacific.
Tank Recommendations for the Skunk Clownfish
The tank size we recommend to house these fish should be at least 45 gallons (170 litres).
Clownfish are ideal for a reef aquarium environment. They can be territorial and show aggression to other fish, but this only occurs if the area near their hiding place is encroached upon, or if they are hosting an anemone or carrying eggs.
A suitable tank environment should include plenty of rocks to create caves and places for sheltering.
Suitable Tank Buddies
Skunk clownfish can be territorial, and females may fight if they are housed together.
They may show aggression to smaller fish and are better suited co-habiting with larger more aggressive species.
Suitable tank buddies for Skunk Clownfish include Angelfish, Batfish, Damselfish, Foxface/Rabbits, Grunts/Sweetlips, Pufferfish, Tangs/Surgeonfish and Wrasses.
Care should be taken when housing Skunk Clownfish with members of the same species if they are not paired. Hogfish and Triggerfish should also be monitored.
Avoid housing Skunk Clownfish with Anglerfish/Frogfish, Eels, Groupers, Lionfish/Scorpionfish, Sharks/Rays and Seahorses/Pipefish.
Feeding Your Skunk Clownfish
The Skunk Clownfish is omnivorous. A suitable diet should include Microalgea such as spirulina, zooplankton, small crustaceans such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp and krill. Skunk Clownfish will also accept flake foods and pellets.
|Scientific Name||Amphiprion akallopsios|