It is easily distinguished from the Pink Skunk Clownfish (A.perideraion) that has stripes on the side of the head, and a loosely related species A. akallopisos that has a white tail. The tail on A. sandaracinos is orange.
A. sandaracinos makes an ideal reef tank fish because it does not grow large, it is not aggressive, and pairs easily. They are hardy in aquariums, but tend to be bothered by aggressive tank mates. These clownfish are highly sought by aquarists because of their unique yellow-orange color, broad white dorsal stripe, and relative rarity in the trade. Now that ORA has cultured this species it is much more attainable by hobbyists.
The Orange Skunk ranges from the Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Australia to the Philippines and Melanesia.
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.