Amphirion clarkii (Bennett, 1830)
Other Common Names:
Usually black with variable amount of orange on head, ventral parts, and fins; three white bars on head, body, base of caudal fin; transition between darker body and bar across caudal fin base usually abrupt; caudal fin usually white or white with yellow edges (males), but sometimes yellow; juveniles from all areas and adults from Vanuatu and New Caledonia may be mostly or entirely orange-yellow with only two anterior white bars.
To 5.5 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:
Cryptodendrum adhaesivum; Entacmaea quadricolor; Heteractis aurora; H. crispa; H. magnifica, H. malu; Macrodactyla doreensis; Stichodactyla gigantea; S. haddoni; S. mertensii. 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.
Guides Fish Care Rating: 2 Stars
~ Stan & Debbie Hauter