How to Care for Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish
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How to Care for Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish

This fish has been extensively harvested by aquarium enthusiasts, with the result that the fish is becoming an endangered species. The Ocellaris clownfish is in great demand for aquariums, especially after the fish was featured in the animated 'Finding Nemo'. It is the perfect fish for a salt water enthusiast who is a beginner.
This white ocellaris clownfish originates in the eastern part of the Indian Ocean and the western part of the Pacific Ocean down to Australia. This fish has been extensively harvested by aquarium enthusiasts, with the result that the fish is becoming an endangered species. The Ocellaris clownfish is in great demand for aquariums, especially after the fish was featured in the animated film "Finding Nemo". It is the perfect fish for a salt water enthusiast who is a beginner. The fish is resilient and not very aggressive. It also requires much less care in the fish tank than other fishes. The fish has three white vertical stripes on its body and black tips to its fins, giving it an exotic look. The ocellaris is a fish that is quite common. The Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish is very distinctive with its jet-black body and three white stripes on each side The tank bred fish is harder and more resilient than the ocean specimen. For this reason tank bred clownfish are preferable to ocean clownfish. Another reason is that the ocean species will not become endangered. The ideal method of keeping this saltwater fish is in a ˜fish only aquarium™. The hobbyist must take some elementary precautions when the fish is kept in an aquarium. It can be kept in saltwater with other species that are not too aggressive that may eat the clownfish. They must also not be kept with other species of clownfish. The clownfish will need a tank of 120 liters or 30 gallon capacity. The temperature should be maintained between 24°C - 27°C and the salinity at 1.020 - 1.024 and the pH from 8.0 to 8.4.The hobbyist must decorate the fish tank with many caves and crannies. These are important as the fish needs them to hide it. Feeding though easy requires meticulous care. Bear in mind that the Ocellaris clownfish is omnivore. It will eat all foods including marine flake food. The fish should be fed a varied diet containing algae, other vegetable matter and meaty food. The clownfish diet should have high quality marine flake food which can be supplemented with frozen and live food. Care must be taken to feed the clownfish at least 3 to 4 times a day. The gaps between the feeds should be uniform. The last aspect is breeding the clownfish in your tank. Remember that the males are smaller than the females, but the females are more aggressive. All clownfish at birth are males, but when they pair the dominant fish turns to a female. They lay eggs on a flat surface and may use a rock for this purpose. Hence a flat rock must be part of the tank. The eggs will normally hatch in 6-11 days depending on the temperature. It is advisable to rear the fry in a separate tank. The fry at birth are more sensitive than adult fish and require a little more care. They need less food, but at greater frequency. Care must be taken to feed them every two to three hours.

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