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Ocellaris Clownfish

Scientific Name: Amphiprion ocellaris
Family: Pomacentridae

About the Ocellaris 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: Indo- Pacific, tank bred, tank raised.
Compatibility/Temperament: Clownfish are generally excellent community fish and do well in most all community settings. They are often territorial towards other Clownfish, although a pair of a species can be added to an aquarium at the same time with great success.


The Ocellaris Clownfish is often confused with the Percula Clownfish, which has a similar orange and white color scheme. The easiest way to tell them apart is to remember that the Percula Clownfish has thick bands of black between his white stripes while the Ocellaris Clownfish has only a thin black line along the edge of its stripes.

As with most clownfish the Ocellaris Clownfish is best kept singly unless a pair is introduced together. It may attack other clownfishes and nip at passive tank-mates who wonder near its host anemone or territory. It is a great fish for the reef aquarium and spends much of its time nestled peacefully in its anemone. The Ocellaris Clownfish does not require a host anemone for survival, and is a great choice for the beginner fish only aquarium.

Ocellaris Clownfish Diet

Omnivore: offer frozen carnivore and herbivore preparations including mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, chopped marine flesh.


Mature Ocellaris Clownfish are typically 4.3 inches long in the wild, but are rarely seen over 3'' in the aquarium trade.

Minimum Tank Suggestion

30 gallons for adults. The minimum for smaller specimens is negotiable

Ideal water parameters for Ocellaris 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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