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Helmet Picasso Clownfish - Amphiprion percula - Captive Bred (PA)

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The Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula) closely resembles the Ocellaris Clown (A. ocellaris) of "Finding Nemo" fame. Both have a bright orange coloration and three white stripes with black margins. Percula Clownfish have wider black margins to the white bands as they mature; these margins may eventually extend to cover most of the orange in the fish's body, especially in individuals from some geographic regions like Papua/New Guinea. Captive-bred fish tend to have less black even as adults and are almost identical to Ocellaris Clownfish; younger individuals are almost indistinguishable between the two species.


This fancy captive-bred variety has irregular bars and a white cap on top of its head.

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 captive-bred 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 captive-bred 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. Captive-bred 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.

Proaquatix is well known within the aquarium hobby for offering a unique selection of captive bred clownfish as well as other aquarium offerings such as basslets, gobies and other ornamental livestock. Operating out of Florida, their mission is to offer their ornamentals in an effort to reduce human impact on natural populations. We are proud to offer Proaquatix captive bred marine ornamentals as part of our selection for your aquarium.
Common NameHelmet Picasso Clownfish (PA)
Scientific NameAmphiprion percula
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
OriginCaptive Bred (native to western Pacific)
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
Internal Id

State Restrictions
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