Amphirion melanopus (Bleeker, 1852)
Other Common Names:
Red and Black Anemonefish, Fire Clownfish
Adults usually black on sides with reddish snout, belly, dorsal fin, and tail (sometimes pale yellow); pelvic and anal fins usually black; a single relatively broad white bar on head.
Western and South Pacific.
To 4.7 inches.
Provide with plenty of hiding places and live rock growth for grazing on.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
Reef Tank Suitability:
Excellent fish for a reef tank environment. May eat small ornamental shrimps.
Preferred Host Anemone Species:
Usually Entacmaea quadricolor, occasionally Heteractis crispa, rarely H. magnifica. This fish also does fine without a host anemone.
Characteristics & Compatibility:
Can be aggressive, particularly towards other Clownfish. This fish is best acquired as a juvenile should be kept singly or in mated pairs. It will attack other Clownfish and passive tankmates.
Diet & Feeding: An omnivore which should have a varied diet including meaty food items and algae. A high quality marine omnivore flake food with these items can supply adequate levels of these nutrients. Feed 2 to 3 times per day.
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