Ocellaris Clownfish Care Guide

Scientific Names: Amphiprion ocellaris
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Adult Size: 2“ to 3” – females are larger than males
Difficulty Level: Easy
Diet: Omnivorous
Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes

Also known as the Common Clown or False Percula, Amphiprion ocellaris has all the attributes of a perfect aquarium fish. In addition to their unique up-and-down swimming behavior, they are colorful, peaceful and have loads of personality! They’re always out in the open and eagerly accept virtually any kind of food. Ocellaris Clownfish are found on Indo-Pacific reefs and can be bright orange to black and white, depending on location. Most Ocellaris Clownfish sold today are captive-bred, and an ever-increasing number of color patterns as well as long-finned varieties are available. Captive clownfish do not need an anemone to survive, although in the wild they form complex social structures around a host anemone. A. ocellaris do best in aquariums of 10 gallons or larger and should be fed a varied diet that includes meat and algae-based foods. Amphiprion percula, or True Percula Clownfish, are similar in appearance, but often have wider black bands between the white and orange segments.


Temperature: 74°- 80° F
Specific Gravity: 1.020 – 1.025
pH: 8.0 – 8.4
KH: 8° - 12°
Nitrate: < 10 ppm
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