Although this is a designer fish, a rather beautiful designer fish, it is still just as easy to care for as any other ocellaris clownfish. It is even easier when compared to wild-caught ocellaris clownfish, as the Caramel Clownfish is captive-bred. Although this fish is often described as being brown and it sort of looks brown (hence the name caramel), it would be more properly described as orange with a transparent layer of black. It is very much orange coloration. As the fish get older, the black coloration will become more prominent. Most of these clowns end up being fully black, but there are some that don’t ever become fully black. Having a fish that changes color over time is always a neat thing. Given that this is an ocellaris clown, it can be kept in pairs and with an anemone. They get along well with other fish, but it is recommended that you avoid keeping them with large, predator fish. Caramel Clowns are great for both reef systems and fish only aquariums.
Purchase Size: 1.25 – 1.5″
Feeding: Omnivore. Caramel 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
Reef Safe: Yes
Color: Dark orange bodies with three white stripes. Becomes more black overtime.
Captive-bred fish are always a good thing for both your aquarium and the ocean. Fortunately, Caramel Clowns are captive-bred. While they are more expensive than the typical wild-caught ocellaris clownfish, you not only get a beautiful fish but also a fish that is likely to live longer due to its increased disease resilience and hardiness. They also handle the stress of shipping much better and benefit the ocean.