What Do Clownfish Eat

What do clownfish eat? The bright orange and white-striped fish known as a clownfish has gained popularity, thanks to the movie Finding Nemo. At least 30 species exist. The colorful species lives in warm water, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Red Sea. One clownfish or mated pair work best in an aquarium since they tend to be an aggressive species.

Open Water
In open waters, clownfish reside among the branches of Sea Anemone and depend on it to help capture its meal. After the anemone eats a fish, the clownfish eats the remaining pieces. If an anemone possesses any dead limbs, the clownfish eats these tentacles also. Anemones depend on the clownfish to flash its colors and draw in bait and small fish for a meal.

In The Aquarium
In captivity, eating patterns for clownfish change. Here, the fish eats nearly anything offered, including finely chopped meats or vegetables. Plan on feeding clownfish a variety of flake, frozen and live foods. Brine shrimp, bloodworms and krill are preferred.

Supplement the clownfish diet by adding spirulina flakes. This naturally-occurring algae adds nutrients not found in other foods fed to clownfish. Spirulina brings out a fish's true colors. Plus, the flakes stimulate a fish's immune system, protecting clownfish against gram-negative bacteria, which cause disease.

Clownfish should be fed at least once a day. Don't overfeed the fish. Only give the fish what it can eat in a five-minute period. If you feed the clownfish twice or three times a day, reduce each feeding amount to what the fish can eat in a two- or three-minute period.

Breeding Clownfish
Clownfish turn into aggressive creatures when they are ready to spawn. The male dances by the female and spawning takes place in the afternoon or early evening hours. The process lasts for several hours. Then the male attends the eggs while the female protects and supervises the eggs and the male. Spawning happens again between 12 to 18 days.

Don't remove eggs unless the parents begin to devour the eggs. Eggs look bright orange, but the color fades after a few days. Look closely and you'll see the eyes. Depending on the water temperature, hatching occurs as early as six days or can take as long as two weeks after spawning.

The clownfish is a unique addition to an aquarium. Thanks to pop culture, the clownfish continues to be in high demand.

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