The Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish is very distinctive with its jet-black body and three white stripes on each side. They are very hardy and are perfect for the novice or seasoned aquarist. Interestingly, the Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish begins life donning an orange coloration that slowly transitions to a beautiful caramel or umber coloration as juveniles. It takes the Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish roughly a year to gradually darken to their final jet-black coloration. It is not uncommon for some adult individuals to retain traces of the orange/umber coloration, especially around their mouth and face.
The Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish is a good candidate for a reef aquarium. If introduced to the aquarium at the same time, many varieties of tank raised clowns can be maintained together in the aquarium.
Captive-bred clownfish are easy to breed in the home aquarium. The females will be the largest of the pair, and two fish will usually stay close to each other in the aquarium. These fish are egg layers and will deposit the eggs on a flat surface, and defend the eggs from other tank mates. The eggs will normally hatch in 6-11 days depending on the temperature. The fry must be reared in a separate aquarium on a diet of rotifers then baby brine shrimp.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4" Medium: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"