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Fiji Barberi Clownfish
(Amphiprion barberi)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Maximum Size: 4"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Water Conditions: 72-82° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 sg 1.020-1.026
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Fiji
Family: Pomacentridae
Species: Clownfish
Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible
Species Information
Fiji Barberi Clownfish are not surprisingly found in the coral reefs and tidal reefs of Fiji. They are a color variant of the (Amphiprion melanopus) clownfish, which is found in many locations within the Australian South Pacific to the Western Pacific Ocean. Since their fairly recent discovery, the Fiji Barberi Clownfish has become a very popular aquarium species due to it's vibrant reddish orange coloration and bright orange face and finnage.
While suitable for beginning marine aquarium hobbyists, the Fiji Barberi Clownfish is also sought after by advanced hobbyists for it's beautiful coloration and suitability for both FOWLR or reef aquariums.
Aquarium Care
The Fiji Barberi Clownfish is a very flexible species that can easily find it's own niche in either a FOWRL or reef aquarium. They are aggressive enough to not be bullied by larger aggressive species, but are not so aggressive that they cannot co-exist with smaller or less aggressive fish species. Fiji Barberi Clownfish will also do well in a reef environment as they will not damage corals or harass most peaceful reef species given adequate space. However, it is not recommended for smaller nano-cube environments where their somewhat boisterous behavior could cause stress to smaller more peaceful reef species in such a small enclosure.
Ideal aquarium setups for this species should contain plenty of rock work and caves in order to provide a natural environment. They will appreciate having caves and crevices to retreat to if they feel threatened. Plenty of live rock will also allow the Fiji Barberi Clownfish to establish a small territory as his own, which will limit his aggression towards other non-similar tank mates. It is best to house Clownfish either as a single specimen, mated pair or small group of 5 or 6 individuals.
Fiji Barberi Clownfish do not require the presence of a host anemone, but will greatly appreciate the presence of larger anemones like Entacmaea quadricolor, carpet anemones or larger bubble tip species. They will generally establish a symbiotic relationship with any suitable host anemone present in the aquarium.
Feeding & Nutrition
Fiji Barberi Clownfish should be fed a varied diet that consists of both plant based and meaty foods. They will readily consume a variety of food types including: flake, small pellet, freeze-dried, frozen and live foods. A mixture of quality foods like formula I & II, Mysis Shrimp, enriched Brine Shrimp, Cyclop-eeze and similar foodstuffs will ensure that the Fiji Barberi Clownfish has a varied nutritional intake that will help them maintain a proper immune system.
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