Common Name: Occelaris Clownfish
Scientific Name: Amphiprion ocellaris
Min. Tank Size: 10 gallons
Captive Care: Easy
Max. Size: 9 cm (3.5")
Range: Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean, east to the Moluccas and Palau, north to the Rykus, south to northwestern Australia
Depth: 1 - 15m (3.3 - 49ft)
Remarks: Arguably the most recognizable saltwater fish in and outside the hobby. The most suitable Easy fish for the low requirement for tank size and hardiness. In the wild, most anemonefishes rarely stray more than 30cm (12") from their host anemones, as without them they would die as a result of predation by large morays, trumpetfishes, scorpionfishes, large hawkfishes, snappers, and groupers. In captivity they do not need hosts to survive or thrive. They even spawn regularly without the presence of an anenome. They are known to host other objects in the aquarium, from other types of anmones, plants, to LPS, soft corals, macro algae, and even powerheads. There is a black variant of the orange occelaris clownfish that are found in Darwin, northern Australia. They are generally hardier and bolder than their orange counterpart, and command a higher price.