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Barrier Reef Clownfish - Amphiprion akindynos - Captive Bred

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The Barrier Reef Clownfish (Amphiprion akindynos) is not often found in the aquarium trade. It is not very widespread and is mainly found off the coast of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. This clownfish has an orange body and fins with white bands that are thinner than most other clownfish and do not extend into the dorsal or anal fins. The tail is also white and the face may be lighter in color around the mouth than the rest of the body.

Clownfish are some of the hardiest and most traditional fish for marine aquariums. They generally come from two genuses - most are in the genus Amphiprion with one species in the genus Premnas - and all are found in the Pomacentridae family along with damsels and chromises. They are some of the mostly widely tankraised fish, leading to more man-made variations becoming available like Misbars and Albinos as species are selectively bred and crossed.

It is usually best to keep one clownfish per tank, though a pair can sometimes be kept if one is significantly smaller than the other or are about the same size when added as juveniles. One fish will develop into a female and become larger in size while the other (or others, in large tanks) will remain male. As the fish mature, they may also become aggressive towards new arrivals (or hands in the tank), so be prepared for aggression to follow even if the new fish is large in size. Mixing tankraised and wild-caught individuals is generally not recommended since their immunity to diseases and parasites may be different.

Clownfish are generally not fussy eaters, and will accept a range of frozen and prepared foods like flakes, pellets, and frozen formulas. They can benefit from some plant matter in their diet, although they are not considered herbivores and do need some meaty foods. Some clownfish can be sensitive to toxins, especially heavy metal based medications like copper.

Though the interaction between anemones and clownfish is amusing to watch, it is not necessary to the survival of either animal. Some clownfish will only host in specific anemones and vice versa. A host anemone should generally have a diameter of at least twice the length of the clownfish when introduced together for the best health of both the clownfish and the anemone. Tankraised fish can also be less likely to use a host anemone than wild-caught fish.

Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists on clownfish social structure and gender, anemone selection and preferences and other clownfish-related topics.


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Common NameBarrier Reef Clownfish - CB
Scientific NameAmphiprion akindynos
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes, with caution
Max Size (in inches)3.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)45
Originwestern Pacific (mainly Australia)
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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