Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)
Scientific Name: Amphiprion percula
About the Percula Clownfish
Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Category: Clownfish, Chromis, & Damselfish
Care Level: Easy. Ships well and acclimates well to the home aquarium. Accepts dried foods eagerly and quickly after acclimation. Is resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Pacific Ocean
Compatibility/Temperament: Clownfish by no means are considered an "aggressive" fish. They do very well when in pairs, especially when introduced as a pair. They are reef-safe fish that will find a place to host. They do not need an anenome to host, as they will use typical branching corals, such as hammer and frogspawns, or any other "safe" area.
The True Percula Clownfish is a very attractive addtion to any reef or fish only aquarium. They prefer a place to host, although an anenome is not necassary for them to be comfortable. This fish is often confused with the False Percula (Amphiprion ocellaris). The difference is that the True Percula has the thicker black bands seperating the white and orange, and has ten dorsal spines as opposed to the False Perc's eleven dorsal spines.
The True Percula Clownfish generally is comfortable is water that is between 75-80 degrees F and specific gravity is between 1.021 and 1.026. Generally keep the dKH between 8-12 and the Calcium between 400-450. The True Percula Clownfish will do better in tanks that have a nitrate reading less than 20 ppm.
Percula Clownfish Diet
The True Percula is an omnivore that will feed on pods and other microfauna in the aquarium. Their diet can be supplemented with spirulina, frozen brine shrimp and any pellet or flake food. Any garlic additive will help strengthen their immune system.
Species tend to grow between 3-4"
Minimum Tank Suggestion
Ideal water parameters for Percula Clownfish
Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.
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