About the ORA Premium Picasso Percula Clownfish Captive-Bred
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Max Size: 3 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Premium Picasso Clownfish are specimens of superior quality that are hand-selected for their uniqueness. These astounding fish exhibit even greater white coverage than regular Picassos. Our experienced graders look for premium features such as extra stripes or markings on the face and head that have been recognized as desirable patterns. They always consider the oddness and rarity of the striping, making each fish a unique specimen. Only an extremely small percentage of offspring qualify as Premium Picassos.
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.