Top 10 Clown Fish Facts

Clown Fish FactsClownfish have always been a popular addition to tropical fish tanks, but with the release of the Pixar blockbuster Finding Nemo demand has increased dramatically. However, most don’t know all the clown fish facts they should before searching for one of their own.

Top 10 Clown Fish Facts

1. Damsel Fish — The clownfish are in the same species as the damsel fish, yet damsel fish are natural enemies of clownfish in the wild.

2. Clown Fish Species — Species of clown fish include the Cinnamon Clownfish, Percula Clownfish, and Orange Skunk Clownfish.

3. Symbiosis — Clownfish has a symbiotic relationship with anemones, and survive among their poisonous tentacles.

4. Diet — The clownfish’s diet is taken from its anemone partner. It eats bits that are leftover among the tentacles, and even dead tentacles that would otherwise crowd the anemone.

5. Mucus Lost — If a clownfish should lose the protective mucus membrane that surrounds it, it could be killed by its friend anemone’s sting.

6. Eggs Laid — A pair of clownfish lay a large batch of eggs along a coral reef near its anemone. Then the male guards the eggs and the eventual hatchlings until they can take care of themselves.

7. All Born Male — A stranger of the clown fish facts, all clownfish are born male, and may turn into females as they reach maturity. When breeding females are unavailable, a male will change its sex.

8. Natural Habitat — Clownfish are only found on coral reefs. They can be found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from the coast of China all the way down to the northern coast of Australia.

9. In Captivity — Clownfish are hardy in captivity, and no longer require an anemone for their food. The caretaker of a saltwater aquarium supplies it instead. However, they are known to become aggressive to other fish.

10. Enemies Include Humans — As demand for clownfish for aquariums grew, so did the number of people destroying native clownfish habitats in search for them. Now they are protected by law.

Only someone prepared to invest in a saltwater aquarium and proper fish care should be on the look out for clown fish. When you have all your clown fish facts straight, they can make a bright and beautiful addition to your aquarium.