About the ORA Blood Orange Clownfish Captive-Bred
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Max Size: 6 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
The Blood Orange Clownfish is the result of crossing a female Maroon Clown (Premnas biaculeatus) with a male Ocellaris Clown (Amphiprion ocellaris). The Blood Orange Clownfish inherits desirable qualities from both parent species: large finnage of the Maroon and thick barring outlined with black from the Ocellaris. The offspring exhibit hybrid vigor as well as a unique red color. Their temperament seems to be somewhere between the Ocellaris and the Goldstripe Maroon, so care should be taken when choosing tankmates. Based on our experience with unintentionally produced hybrid, these fish will grow to be beautiful show specimens with large flowing fins and crisp, bright color.
These clownfish do not need an Anemone to survive, but will accept many different Anemones as its host, including corals. Their favorite Anemones to call home are the Carpet Anemones Stichodactyla Gigantea or the Magnificent Anemone Heteractis Magnifica.
Clownfish have a very distinct swimming motion that is different from most fish. This is likely passed on through their genetic makeup from centuries of wiggling within the tentacles of Anemones. As the Clownfish wiggles within the stinging tentacles the Anemone’s mucus is likely smeared over the Clownfish’s body, which then protects it from additional stings.
In the wild they live in small groups with one large dominant female, one smaller sexually active male, and a handful of smaller males and juveniles. When the female is lost the largest male will then change sex and become the dominant female with the other Clowns moving up the ladder behind it.