Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Easy • Temperament: Semi-Aggressive • Maximum Size: 6"
• Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
• Diet: Omnivore • Origin: Australia, South Pacific
• Family: Pomacentridae • Species: Clownfish • Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible
Native Habitat and Species Information
Maroon Clownfish native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
The Maroon Clownfish or as it is also commonly referred to as the Spine-Cheeked Anemonefish or Maroon Anemonefish is hardy clownfish species that is attractive and readily available within the marine aquarium hobby. This species originates from the Indo-West Pacific: Indo-Australian Arch. including India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, New Britain, Solomon Is., Vanuatu, and Australia.
It is a very hardy species that has adapted well to aquarium life and is often bred in captivity, thus many species available in the hobby are captive bred specimens. Maroon Clownfish are more aggressive than most other clownfish species, especially towards others of the species or similar sized fish. Maroon Clowns are suitable for fish-only community, more aggressive fish only tanks and some reef aquariums.
Maroon clownfish are generally maroon in color; however, their coloration can vary from maroon to red to even and orangish-red color. They have 3 relatively wide white stripes, one near the head, one in the middle of the body and one right before the tailfin. The fins of the Maroon Clown are round in shape and flow seamlessly off of the body. This species also has a spine that eminates from both cheeks, thus they are often referred to as Spine-cheek Clownfish as well.
How to successfully keep Maroon Clownfish in the home aquarium.
Maroon Clownfish typically reach about 6 inches in length and can be comfortably housed in aquariums 30 gallon or larger. They originate from tropical coral reefs, thus will require live rock or other aqua-scaping to provide them with adequate caves and crevices to retreat to when they feel threatened. Maroon Clowns are more aggressive than most other clownfish species and should not be kept with other clownfish or similarly sized fish unless in a very large aquarium. This species will do well as a mated pair or as a single specimen in either community, aggressive or reef aquariums.
Maroon Clownfish enjoy symbiotic relationships with anemones, such as, Bubble Tip anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor), while it is not required to have an anemone with the Maroon Clown it is desirable and will provide the Maroon Clown with a more natural environment. It is important not to net this species when moving them as their cheek spines will become tangled in netting and can cause damage to the fish.
Feeding & Nutrition
How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Maroon Clownfish.
Maroon Clownfish are omnivores and will require a mixed diet of meaty foods and marine algae or herbivore preparations. Maroon Clowns are hardy eaters and will readily consume live mysid or brine shrimp, finely chopped fresh meaty foods, frozen preparations and flaked foods. They may also pick at algae or other items growing on live rock within the aquarium.
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