Although this fish appears to be in a state of decay, it is very much alive. It was first bred by Robert King from two normal-looking Black Ocellaris clownfish. The fish is mostly orange with what looks to be layers of transparent gray or brown. Along with that are patches of neon orange. It has the normal three white stripes with blood-red, empty-looking eyes. The exact coloration varies from fish to fish. Although this fish is interesting and rather cool, it is just as easy to care for as any other ocellaris clownfish. It accepts a wide range of different aquarium foods and gets along well with most other aquarium fish (no, it won’t try to eat the brains of other fish.) It can be hosted by an anemone and can be kept in pairs. Because it is an ocellaris clownfish, it can be paired with any other ocellaris clownfish.
Purchase size: 1.25″ – 1.5″
- Feeding: Omnivore. Will eat nearly any marine fish food. Still, feeding higher quality food will ensure a healthier, more vibrant fish!
- Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Reef Safe: Yes
- Color: Usually some variant of orange with white stripes and red eyes. As it matures it will develop a darker coloration. Coloration varies, but overall the fish appear to be decaying.
Designer clownfish such as the Zombie are highly desirable for their beautiful (in this case creepy) patterns and coloration, but they are also easier to keep than wild-caught clownfish because they are captive-bred. Captive-bred clownfish are more resilient to disease and hardier than wild-caught clownfish. They are also better adapted to aquarium life and better able to handle the stress of shipping. Purchasing these fish benefits the ocean by discouraging the wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry. This makes our beloved hobby more sustainable.
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