Black Saddleback Clownfish are the same species as the normal Saddleback Clownfish, but they have a distinct quality. They are not just more black Saddleback Clowns. Instead of having the “saddle” shaped center stripe, their center stripe is complete. Also, they often have a stripe before the tail, unlike the normal Saddleback Clownfish. There are some hints of orange or yellow around the face, but other than that and the white stripes, the fish’s body is fully black. They still have the same gentle and graceful bopping up-and-down swimming pattern that is distinct to Saddleback Clownfish.
These fish can be kept in pairs and can be hosted by an anemone. Keep in mind that they can be more on the aggressive side, and they get more aggressive as they age. Be sure to add this fish last if you can.
Purchase Size: 1.25 – 1.5″
Feeding: Omnivore. Provide a mixed diet of meaty and algae foods. Once established, they will accept most aquarium foods. If you can, feed live food for healthier and happier fish.
Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Reef Safe: Yes
Color: Black body with three white stripes. There can be some orange or yellow coloration around the face.
Because Black Saddleback Clownfish are captive-bred by ORA, they are hardier, more disease resilient, more suited for aquarium life, and better able to handle the stress of shipping than their wild-caught counterparts. Wild-caught Saddleback Clowns are particularly difficult to keep, so having an easy to care for captive-bred option is amazing.