The Black Ocellaris Clownfish is interesting for several reasons. First, they start their lives as orange in color but turn more black as they get older. Another reason they are interesting is that they are found naturally in the Darwin area of Northern Australia. Despite this, almost the whole market of these fish are captive-bred, fortunately. Along with that, scientists are considering naming them as a new species of clownfish, though they are still considered A. Ocellaris clownfish for now. These fish can be kept in pairs and they look amazing with anemones. Black Ocellaris clownfish are peaceful, but you should avoid keeping them with predatory fish. They are easy to care for, just as easy as any other ocellaris clownfish.
Black Ocellaris Clownfish Care Requirements
- Purchase size: 1.25″ – 1.5″
- Feeding: Omnivore. Black Ocellaris clowns will eat nearly any marine fish food, but if and when you can, you should try to feed higher-quality foods such as live foods to ensure healthier, more vibrant fish.
- Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Reef Safe: Yes
- Color: Black with three white stripes. Some will have a splash of orange around their faces.
Clownfish are able to change sexes. The largest clownfish in an aquarium will be a female, while the smaller clownfish will be a male. Male clownfish can become female, but females can’t become males. This can be important to know when trying to pair two clowns.
Because these clowns are captive-bred, they have increased resilience to disease, are well adapted to aquarium life, and are able to handle shipping stress well. Purchasing captive-bred fish also supports the aquaculture industry which in turn helps our amazing hobby become more and more sustainable.