The fish found in the area of Sumatra have gold-colored stripes, and the ORA broodstock comes from this area.
The gold color of the stripes typically does not develop until the fish are about 9 – 12 months old. ORA fish are shipped at about 6-7 months, so they are showing the juvenile white stripes. They will develop the gold color in time, starting with the head stripe.
These very popular fish are easy to keep in aquariums, although they do not get along with each other. Unless a hobbyist can get a mated pair, it is best to keep them one to a tank. It has been observed that the gold stripe variety seems a little less aggressive than the White Striped variety. This is one of the largest clownfish species, adult females can attain a size of over 6 inches. This is a very long lived fish, ORA has had pairs that spawned for more than 35 years.
- Purchase size: 1.25″ – 1.5″
- Feeding: Omnivore. Gold Nugget Maroon Clowns will eat almost any marine aquarium 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: Semi-aggressive
- Reef Safe: Yes
Because these awesome fish are captive-bred they are more disease resilient, hardier, more accustomed to aquarium life, and better able to handle the stress of shipping than their wild-caught counterparts. By purchasing captive-bred fish, you are helping make our beloved hobby more sustainable by discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade and supporting the captive-bred industry.