Clown Anemonefish
Amphiprion ocellaris

Care Level






Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

10 gallon


Black, White, Orange



Water Conditions

Basic (8.1-8.4 pH), Salinity 1.020-1.025, 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) naturally occupies reefs within, or surrounding, the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indonesia, and Sea of Japan. The common Clownfish will reach a length of three inches, and may live well over five years in captivity. The common Clownfish are a relatively "hardy" fish that is frequently used to start new aquariums. The Clownfish are a protandrous hermaphradite, in which the largest male of a group becomes a female. Naturally, this is how the Clownfish have adapted to sustain a population. Clownfish will share a mutual relationship with multiple Anemone including the Sebae, Carpet, and Bubble Tip. This mutual relationship provides the Anemone with protection, cleaning, and possibly even a source of food. The mutual relationship provides Clownfish with protection, as well as a place to nest. A list of Anemone species that will share this bond with Clownfish would include:

Adhesive Sea Anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum)
Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
Beaded Sea Anemone (Heteractis aurora)
Sebae Anemone (Heteractis crispa)
Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)
Delicate Sea Anemone (Heteractis malu)
Long Tentacle Anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis)
Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)
Saddle Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)
Merten’s Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla mertensi)

Animal-World. “Clownfish Species Guides.” Animal World Pet and Animal Information, 2015, Researched June 16, 2018.

Clown Anemonefish Photo Gallery

Author: Aquatics Unlimited