Captive-bred clownfish are very hardy and durable fish making them a perfect addition for the novice or seasoned aquarist. The Percula Clownfish is a good candidate for a reef aquarium. If introduced to the aquarium at the same time, many varieties of captive-bred clowns can be maintained together in the aquarium.
An orange-colored clownfish with three white stripes. Black margins are found on the edges of all fins and the borders of the white stripes. Similar to the Amphiprion ocellaris, except Amphiprion percula have more black color bordering the white stripes, and these black regions are often contiguous between consecutive stripes.
This species naturally lives among the tentacles of Sebae anemones (Heteractis crispa), magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica), and giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea). This natural behavior protects wild clownfishes from predators. True Perculas do not require anemone hosts but will accept them if present.
Localized amongst Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Like all clownfishes, Amphiprion percula is a sequential hermaphrodite. The largest individual present will exert dominance and become reproductively female. The next largest fish will become re-productively male. The female may not tolerate other smaller individuals.
Usually ignores reef invertebrates and corals. Clownfishes sometimes adopt various corals and algae as substitutes for host anemones.
Our true perculas have been weaned to take aquarium pellets and flakes. Freshly frozen invertebrates such as ocean plankton, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and chopped squid will be readily accepted.
Captive-bred clown fish are easy to breed in the home aquarium. The females will be the largest of the pair, and two fish will usually stay close to each other in the aquarium. These fish are egg layers and will deposit the eggs on a flat surface, and defend the eggs from other tank mates. The eggs will normally hatch in 6-11 days depending on the temperature. The fry must be reared in a separate aquarium on a diet of rotifers then baby brine shrimp.
In nature, the Percula Clownfish is an omnivore. In an aquarium, it will readily accept most meaty foods and herbivore preparations.
Captive-Bred Percula Clowns young entirely orange and white. As the fish matures, they develop dark black between their white stripes. Captive-Bred specimens within this species are unique in that their stripes are often irregular.