About the Sustainable Aquatics Mocha Clownfish – Captive-Bred
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
Max Size: 3 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Sustainable Aquatics Mocha Clownfish is a hatchery-bred cross between two color varieties of the common ocellaris clown – the black and white ocellaris and the orange and white ocellaris. The resulting offspring of this pairing is a beautiful fish with a color that when young resembles the orange ocellaris and becomes more burnt or rust orange color with age. Although similar in color to the SA Fancy ocellaris in having the darker outline on the fins, the SA Mocha typically has a more uniform dark orange color without the extensive black color development seen in the SA Fancy. The SA Mocha offers the hobbyist something a little different and is a great value.
SA utilizes multiple broodstock pairs to ensure genetic diversity of the fish being offered for sale. Care of the Mocha clownfish is identical to the common clownfish. Although all sizes are available, the Mocha clownfish typically ships at a size of around 1.5”;
These fish will accept most fish foods and are perfect for reef tanks. More than one can be kept in the same aquarium and they prefer to be kept in groups.
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.
Since 2003 the Tennessee Sustainable Aquatics (SA) Hatchery breeds dozens of species from resident broodstock and every month provides thousands of colorful healthy fish.