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Orange Skunk Clownfish

 
These pleasant little clowns are a beautiful shade of light orange with a thick white stripe that runs from the snout to the tail. A hardy but bashful fish, the Orange Skunk Clownfish will establish an area of territoriality...


Scientific Name Amphiprion sandarcinos


Common Names range Skunk Clownfish, Skunk-striped Anemonefish, Yellow clownfish


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Not the most attractive clown fish but probably the perfect one for beginners featured

Comments It isn't that this isn't an attractive clown fish, it is and we'll go into that a more in a moment, it's just not your classic clown fish shape and color. Most people's expectation of a clown fish is more akin to Amphiprion ocellaris than the Orange skunk clown fish. I often have people ask what kind of fish they are, and I must admit the original reason I purchased them is because my wife really liked them. What she liked about them, and what you might as well, is the brightness of their color. The while stripe is vivid and the orange sides seem to shimmer. Most of the time the fish you see in a local fish store are not displaying full coloration due to stress or other factors, so don't let what you see there turn you off, that's not the real color.

These are very hardy fish that will survive most beginner's mistakes and they get along well with other fish. They do, however, have a tendency to attack the aquarist! I can't work in the tank without getting assaulted by these little guys. It doesn't do any damage like a larger clown fish would, but it pinches and startles so the inevitable result is a spray of water as you jerk your hand out of the tank. This is such odd behavior to me since they have no issues with any other fish in the tank. They do, however, spar with my coral banded shrimp. I think that anything they see as a threat to their anemone gets nipped. The coral banded shrimp eats the tentacle tips, and I stick my hand in to feed the anemone which they could easily see as a threat to it.

That brings me to one of the best things about these little fish, they seem to host with just about any kind of anemone. I have even had them host with a condylactis gigantea! They don't seem to care and host rather quickly when introduced to a tank with an anemone in it.

They will eat just about anything you toss into the tank but for proper nutrition need an omnivorous diet.

All in all this is an interesting little fish that I would highly recommend to beginners. They are much less expensive than other clown species and are very hardy making them a very good starting fish. They eat readily and do not require a large tank at all.


Liked about it 1. Colorful
2. Hardy
3. Affordable
4. Not a picky eater
5. Can go in a small tank
6. Good community fish


Didn't like 1. Not as pretty as some clowns
2. May nip the aquarist (though it doesn't break the skin it can be startling)


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By tcamos
Jun 17, 2010
 
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