Picasso Clownfish are naturally occurring designer clownfish. This means that there are specimens in the wild, but they are extremely rare. Fortunately, the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. Picasso Clownfish have an orange body with three white markings reminiscent of normal clownfish stripes. These markings will be irregular and oddly shaped. Around the striking white markings is a bold black outline. The top portion between the first and second marking/stripe is completely black. If Picasso made a clownfish, this is probably what it would look like. There are also premium variants of this fish which are much rarer. While the normal Picasso Clownfish is not as extreme or unusual as the Premium Picassos, it is still a stunning fish. What’s more, this fish is very easy to care for. It accepts a wide range of aquarium foods and is hardy. Percula Clownfish are on the more aggressive side, so try to add them last or at least after your shy fish. This will decrease issues with aggression and territory, though it should not be much of a problem. The Picasso Clownfish can be hosted by anemones and is perfectly reef safe.
Purchase size: 1.25″ – 1.5″
Feeding: Omnivore. Will eat nearly any marine fish food. Feed higher quality food or live food for a 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: Orange body with white, irregular stripe-like markings outlined in thick black. The area between the first and second stripes above the head is completely black once mature.
ORA captive-bred clownfish such as this Picasso Clownfish are hardier and more resilient to disease than wild-caught clownfish. Clownfish from ORA and other captive-bred fish are far less likely to carry disease than fish were taken from the ocean. Captive-bred clownfish are better adapted to aquarium life and better able to handle the stress of shipping as well. Purchasing captive-bred fish helps the ocean by discouraging the wild-caught trade and its harmful practices while instead supporting the captive-bred industry. This makes our wonderful hobby more sustainable and environmentally friendly.