Tank Mate of the Month – July 2016
Tide – Maroon Clownfish
About the Winner
Tide is a maroon clownfish (premnas biaculeatus.) She has been in her 75 gallon saltwater reef tank going on 9 years now. She is approximately 5 inches long. A mysis and spirulina-enhanced brine shrimp mixture is her favorite food. Although, she does well with marine pellets and even eats sheet algae off the clip with her tang tank buddies. With a deep maroon color and having an owner who is an Alabama Crimson Tide fan, her name was destined to be Tide.
Tide has the typical darker markings of a female maroon clownfish. The males and juvenile are a brighter crimson. She does not have an anemone to host in her assorted reef tank. Another example of why an anemone isn’t a must have option. Her tank mates include a yellow tang, a blue tang, a six line wrasse, a coral beauty angelfish, and a watchman goby. She is in a tank that is maintained twice a month by Aquatic Finesse.
The maroon clownfish is a hardy, reef safe fish found in Indonesian waters. This clownfish is a beautiful specimen and a great alternative to the stereotypical “Nemo,” however they can be more aggressive than their oscellaris “cousins.” Maroon clownfish may be aggressive towards other fish especially other species of clownfish due to their territorial and protective behavior. They may be kept in a pair, but the larger female usually becomes more dominant. Like other clownfish species, maroon clownfish have the ability to change sex with the larger more dominant clown in the group changing to female.
Also like other clownfish, maroons may have a symbiotic hosting relationship with anemones. Unaffected by the stinging anemone tentacles that offer the clownfish protection, the clownfish provides the anemone with food. The best suggested anemone for a maroon clownfish to host is the bubble tip anemone. However, maroon clownfish in aquariums do not require an anemone to survive in a fish tank. These clownfish are becoming more common in the trade especially with the successful breeding in captivity. We can all applaud the benefits of a tank raised fish. In conclusion, the maroon clownfish makes a great reef-safe fish.