About the ORA Pearl Eye Clarkii Clownfish Captive-Bred
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Max Size: 6 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
On very rare occassions, our Clarkii Broodstock will produce a small batch of what we call Pearl-Eye Clarkiis. These exquisite fish have Pearly-Blue eye spots that may cover either a portion or all of the superior area of the iris. Even fewer of these beauties show extra markings of white around their head bar.
We’re not sure what causes the eye spots, but our scientists believe it may be caused by a recessive gene that rarely manifests itself. We’ve noticed that these unique spots are produced by both Pearl-Eye Clarkii and regular Clarkii broodstock.
Due to their rarity, this variety of Clarkii is not always available from ORA.
The Clarkii Clown, a.k.a. Sebae Clown, is a beautiful Clownfish that has a higher profile than most clownfish. These Clowns have a yellow-orange body with vertical white bands.
They do extremely well in the aquarium and are very peaceful. These fish will accept most fish foods and are perfect for reef tanks. More than one can be kept in the same aquarium.
The Clarkii does not need an Anemone to survive, but will accept many different Anemones as its host, including corals. It is probably the least picky when it comes to Anemones and will accept Carpet Anemones, Bubble Tip Anemones, Sebae Anemones, or Long Tentacle Anemones as its host.
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.