Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
Tomato clownfish are readily available and are very hardy, making them a great choice as a beginner fish. You can usually find them at local pet stores for $10 - $20 and even cheaper online. Breeders are breeding this fish in captivity which should (hopefully) lower this price even more.
A quarantine tank is a necessity as this fish is susceptible to most saltwater disease, especially marine ich (cryptocaryon) and brooklynella. Use extreme caution before using copper medications because clownfish are very sensitive to copper.
They will eat most fish foods that you place in the tank. Flakes, freeze dried, frozen and live foods are eaten with gusto. Try to provide a variety of foods for optimum health and coloration.
This fish can be territorial with other fish that approach their space in the tank. They may also scrap with other clownfish species in the same tank and for this reason it is advisable to only keep one species in your tank. If you have an extremely large tank you may be able to keep more than one clown species in your aquarium. They may also fight with other clownfish in the same tank.
Clownfish do not need an anemone to survive in the home aquarium. Anemones can be beneficial for the clownfish but the host anemones that are found in their natural environment can be difficult to care for in captivity and are not recommended for the saltwater novice.
Tomato Clownfish Care
Scientific Name : Amphiprion frenatus
Common Names : Anemone Fish, Red Clownfish, Bridled Clownfish
Care Level : Easy to Moderate, can become territorial and aggressive.
Size : 5 inches (13 cm)
pH : 8 - 8.4
Temperature : 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C)
Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.024
Lifespan : 6 - 8 years average with 18 years being on record.
Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific to Oceania
Temperament / Behavior : Can be peaceful but will become aggressive with other fish that approach it's space. Avoid mixing the various clown species. If you have a mix of different clown species in your tank, they will fight. If you have a host anemone in the aquarium with them, they will defend it. It usually works out best if you have only one or a pair of clowns in your tank.
Breeding : They have been bred in captivity and it is usually better to buy a tank raised fish because they will adapt better in the home aquarium.
Aquarium Size : 30 gallon minimum
Tank Mates : Avoid keeping them in an aquarium with Lionfish, Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, Eels or any other predatory fish large enough to eat them. Keep only one clown species in your aquarium. Do not mix the various clown species.
Reef Tank Compatible? : The clownfishes should do well in reef tanks. They may pose a problem with other clownfish species, so watch closely.
Diet / Foods : Omnivore - provide a varied diet with live food, frozen food and they will also accept flake food.
Tank Region : All over
Gender : All are males when they are born. As they mature and start to pair off the dominant one will change into a female. The female is usually larger than the male and will be the primary defender of their territory.
Forum : Clownfish Forum
Compatible Anemones : Bubble Tip Anemone (Rose Anemone) (Entacmaea quadricolor)
Pizza or Carpet Anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum), though the bubble tip is the preferred host.
Clownfish Anemone Chart
Recommended Book : Clownfishes Guide to Captive Care and Breeding
Photo Credit : Photos copyright JJPhoto.dk
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