What food chain are clownfish

What do I have to pay attention to when keeping it in the aquarium?

First of all, it should be noted that the clownfish position is not as easy as the movie "Finding Nemo" might suggest. Responsible keeping of these animals usually requires experienced owners who are already familiar with the special features of saltwater aquariums.

Anemonefish are schooling animals and should therefore never be kept alone. It is best to keep them together with other members of their own species - either in a smaller tank as a pair or in a large tank as a group.

Since the animals enter into such a close symbiosis with anemones, the clown fish Amphiprion ocellaris should have at least one of these three anemone species in the aquarium: Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica), giant anemone (Stichodacyla gigantea) or Mertens anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii). Although anemones can be kept well without the anemone fish, the other way round, anemone fish cannot be kept species-appropriate without their anemone. It should be noted, however, that some species of clownfish only get along with a single species of sea anemone.

Coral sand is a very suitable substrate in the aquarium, but living coral is definitely not. The reason for this is that the anemones change their place from time to time and could cause severe burns or injuries to the coral.

The anemones are relatively sensitive, so that they do not wander around too often, care should be taken to provide intensive light and soft, indirect currents, as well as water that is low in nitrate and phosphorus but rich in oxygen. If the anemones feel good, this is the best basis for keeping the clownfish in a species-appropriate manner.You can also read our article on the subject of "Testing water values".

It is important that the size of the sea anemone is adapted to the number and size of the fish - if it is too small, it can perish among the many fish and there can be aggression between other fish.

The false clownfish behaves peacefully towards other fish, but problems can arise with other species of anemonefish. If you want to keep several species, you should enlarge the tank accordingly.