Goldflake Maroon Clowns (and Maroon Clowns in general) are the largest species of Clownfish. The large size, bright coloration, and interesting stripe patterns will make them pop out even among other brightly colored fish. Goldflake Maroon Clowns have stripes that form irregularly, sometimes extending out our connecting together. It is also common to see these fish with one or a couple dots. As they grow and age, the white of the stripes will turn into a more gold coloration. This starts happening around 12 to 18 months of age. If you purchase one, you will be able to see this transition because they are shipped around 8 to 10 months of age. This change in color is a fun thing to experience, and you are left with a beautiful, vibrant and colorful fish. Goldflake Maroon Clownfish are generally easy to care for, but their aggressive and territorial nature can cause problems. Along with being the largest clownfish species, they are also the most aggressive clownfish. If you want one of these beauties in your aquarium, it should be one of the last fish you add.
Some things to note: these fish are highly sensitive to copper, so do not dose any copper when quarantining. Also, do not use a net to move it because its cheek spines will get entangled.
Purchase Size: 1.25 – 1.5″
Feeding: Omnivore. Goldflake 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
Reef Safe: Yes
Color: Deep red, maroon. White stripes that become more and more gold with age. Stripes are irregular. Can sometimes have a dot on its body
Because these amazing looking fish are captive-bred, they are more disease resilient, hardier, more accustomed to aquarium life, and better able to handle the stress of shipping. Captive-bred fish are great for the ocean because they discourage the harmful wild-caught trade.