About the S&R Longfin Midnight Lightning Clownfish Captive Bred
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: 3 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Our Midnight Lightning Ocellaris Clownfish is the results of breeding our Midnight Clownfish with our Phantom Clownfish. The result is a mostly black clownfish with lightning bolt pattern between their 1st and 2’nd dorsal fin. Most Midnight Lightning Clownfish have a white head stripe with a jagged snowflake-like pattern. Some fish have no third stripe and some fish have another lightning bolt marking in place of a third stripe. Belonging to the Ocellaris species it is a robust and peaceful fish that will do well in most community tanks. Midnight Lightning Clownfish are brownish when they are very early juvenile and then develop their deep black coloration as they grow and mature. Some of our fish are jet black around 1 ¾”. The brown markings around their face are the last part to turn black. They are just gorgeous and excellent reef fish.
This Clownfish does 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.
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.