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Picasso Clownfish: Rare fish or overpriced?

Excited here to show of the latest edition to my nano aquarium—these Grade A Picasso Clownfish. What are Picasso Clownfish? Picasso clownfish are Percula clownfish that possess a naturally occurring variation in their coloration and striping pattern. According to Live Aquaria, most of the Picassos in the hobby today are thought to have originated back from ORA Farms. What makes …

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Missing Fish

Missing Fish Has this ever happened to you? You sit down for a few minutes to enjoy your reef aquarium—but instantly you get the feeling that something is wrong. You then search the aquarium, taking inventory of everything—corals—the LPS and leather corals all look normal. Then you take inventory of the saltwater fish. Tangs, Butterflyfish and Angelfish are accounted for….but…one …

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ORA Goldflake Clownfish

The latest innovation to come out of ORA Farms is here–and they are calling it The Goldflake Clownfish.   What is a Goldflake Clownfish? It is the offspring of a Gold-Striped Maroon Clownfish with a unique striping pattern that was specially selected because of its own individually unique and attractive striping pattern. Aquaculture facilities like ORA Farms have been cranking out …

Clownfish grow out tub: Watch as camera zooms out

Friends, family and newcomers to the hobby are sometimes surprised at how small the clownfish juveniles really are. I always find humor in the irony of that observation, since clownfish larvae are some of the largest larvae among marine fish–but that said, this video, when the camera zooms back out, does a good job of adding a perspective for how …

Clownfish juveniles eat newly hatched brine shrimp

Here is a short video of the juvenile clownfish, amphiprion ocellaris, feeding on newly hatched brine shrimp. I selected this clip, because it shows a wide range of development across the various juvenile clownfish. Front and center in the video is one of the larger, faster developing common clownfish–with a bright, dark orange body color and fully developed three stripes. …

Clownfish Juveniles

I have to admit–I’m a superstitious guy. I was afraid to post anything about the clownfish larvae that hatched on March 23rd, but I can’t wait any longer.  The larvae hatched relatively early in the evening, and I already mentioned that the larval snagger was a success. So, you must be wondering, how did everything go? It has been 26 …

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Clownfish Can Find Their Way Back to Their Reef Using Sense of Smell

Clownfish can find their way back to their reef using their sense of smell After clownfish hatch from their eggs, they spend about 10-12 days floating freely in the ocean, as pelagic larvae.  After that time, they often return to the reefs close to shore, where they were born.  The mechanism through which the fish find their way back home …