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Sebae Clownfish

(Amphiprion sebae)

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 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: Indo-Pacific
• Family: Pomacentridae   • Species: Clownfish   • Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Sebae Clownfish native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Sebae Clownfish has traditionally been one of the most recognized anemonefish within the aquarium hobby for decades. Thus the Sebae Clownfish has been readily available within the hobby since tropical marine fish were first imported for the trade and more recently the Sebae Clown has been successfully bred in multiple captive breeding programs geared toward the marine aquarium hobby. Sebae Clownfish have many visual similarities to the Clarkii Clownfish, and are often mislabeled as Clarkii Clownfish and vice versa.

The Sebae Clownfish has a brown body that darkens with age, two wide white stripes, an orange head and an anal fin that is white to yellow in color. Tank raised Sebae Clownfish are very hardy and will do well in a variety of marine aquarium setups, making them suitable for beginning marine aquarists and more advanced aquarists alike. Sebae Clownfish that are not tank bred are collected from the Indo-Pacific where they are found living among coral reefs and rocky outcrops in shallow to medium depth waters.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Sebae Clownfish in the home aquarium.

Sebae Clownfish do very well in aquariums of 30 gallons or larger with or without the presence of an anemone. Ideally they should be provided with live rock to provide the territory and shelter when they feel threatened. Also, while the presence of an anemone is not mandatory, they are appreciated and will help the Sebae Clown feel more at home within the aquarium environment. Sebae Clowns are one of the larger and more territorial clownfish species, thus they should be kept as the only clown in smaller aquariums or in a mated pair or small group in larger aquariums.

When kept in a group, the Sebae Clownfish will establish a hierarchy where the largest specimen will become the female, second largest the dominant male and the rest of the group will remain juveniles. The process of establishing their group hierarchy can be stressful on all the fish involved, so it is recommended to keep a pair of one large specimen and one small specimen, so they will have the best chance to pair off with little to no aggression. When pairing up the Sebae Clown with a host anemone, the following anemones are the most compatible: Sebae anemone, Long Tentacle anemone, Ritteri (Maroon) anemone, Carpet anemone, Saddle anemone, Bubble anemone.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Sebae Clownfish.

The Sebae Clown is probably one of the easiest captive marine fish species to feed, as they will eat a large variety of meaty or vegetable based foodstuffs including all the commonly available flake, frozen and freeze-dried preparations commonly available within the hobby. The Sebae Clownfish should be fed a diet that includes a variety of meaty food items such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, marine flake, chopped marine foods and carnivore or herbivore frozen preparations.

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