X2 Ocellaris Clownfish Tank Raised Med & X1 Bubble Anemone
Clown Fish Package ~ For these packages we try to pick and ship clownfish that are already bonded with the Anemone. We cannot guarantee they will continue to host the anemone after they are introduced to a new aquarium environment.
Benefits of pairing Clown Fish With Anemones in your Aquarium
Watching a clownfish seemingly playing in its anemone host is one of the most magical things that can happen in our aquariums. There’s just something about the symbiosis of it. In nature, a clownfish cannot survive without a host anemone. They would simply be picked off by a predator as they would have no place to hide. In the relative safety of our small glass boxes, however, clownfish will be perfectly happy without a host anemone. Although many people still want to experience that little piece of nature for themselves.
Clownfish can grow to be from 2 to 5 inches long. The males tend to be significantly smaller than the females. However, there are various types of clownfish that range in colors from blue to yellow. Clownfish are one of the only species that can survive the deadly sting of the Sea Anemone. By making the anemone their home, clownfish become immune to its sting. These fish will gently touch every part of their bodies to the anemone’s tentacles until it no longer affects them. A layer of mucus then forms on the clownfish’s body to prevent it from getting stung again.
Symbiosis describes the special relationship between clownfish and sea anemones. They are the only fish that do not get stung by the tentacles of the sea anemone. Clownfish have a slimy mucus covering that protects them from the sea anemone. However, if this covering is wiped off of a clownfish, it will get stung and possibly be killed when it returns home to the anemone. The clownfish and the sea anemone help each other survive in the ocean. The clownfish, while being provided with food, clean away fish and algae leftovers from the anemone. In addition, the sea anemones are given better water circulation because the clownfish fan their fins while swimming about.
Clownfish live in a "symbiotic" relationship with certain anemones. This means they benefit from living with the sea anemone, and the sea anemone benefits from the presence of the clownfish. They are the only fish that are able to live in sea anemones and not get stung by their tentacles. Clownfish are very active fish and are extremely aggressive. Because they are quite active, the clownfish are thought to be "clowning around". They defend their territory and the sea anemone that they live in. Clownfish eat the leftovers from fish on the anemone and algae. The leftovers include copepods, isopods, and zooplankton. In captivity, the clownfish can live from 3 to 5 years. In the wild, they live 6 to 10 years.
The spawning season of the clownfish, a time when they breed, is year-round in tropical waters. Males attract the females by courting. Courting behaviors include chasing, biting and extending fins. Clownfish lay their eggs in batches on coral, rock or next to the sea anemone that they call home. The male clownfish will build a nest on the rock or coral near the anemone in order to be provided with protection from predators. Breeding starts by the male chasing the female to the nest where the eggs are released. One hundred to one thousand eggs are laid. The male clownfish guards and protects the eggs until they hatch. They hatch within 4 to 5 days.
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