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Tomato clowns are bright red-orange in color with one white bar at the head. They have a bold personality and are easy to care for. It is usually best to keep one clownfish per tank, though a pair can sometimes be kept if...


Scientific Name Amphiprion frenatus


Common Names Tomato Clownfish, Anemone Fish, Red Clownfish, Bridled Clownfish


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Super hardy and very pretty beginner fish featured

Comments As far as clown fish go I would certainly recommend A. frenatus for beginners. It has to be one of the most hardy clown species available. I had a pair survive a several hour long power failure without even seeming stressed about it. I certainly feel they could survive most beginner mistakes. Tank raised are even more hardy, if that's possible.

I recommend getting a pair. They seem to behave themselves better with a partner. Otherwise they are a semi-aggressive fish, especially when they get older. However, I really have never had trouble with them. Just make sure you choose their tankmates wisely. No need to worry about which is male and female in juveniles, once they pair up one will change sex to become female. This one usually grows much larger than the male so you end up with one 5" fish and one 2.5" fish on average.

They will readily host with anemone or corals. Unlike the Maroon clownfish, they aren't as powerful and don't seem to damage smaller anemone.

One would be fine in a 30 gallon tank, but probably better to have 50 if you plan on keeping a pair. This isn't because the clownfish itself needs the swimming room, but rather to keep the aggression down by allowing more elbow, or in this case, fin room. Remember, this fish can get around 5" long and is rather deep bodied.

They eat without any difficulty taking meaty foods with relish and enjoying algae as well. Be sure to feed them a balanced diet of both algae and protein as they are omnivores. You will find their color is enhanced by proper feeding.


Liked about it 1. Hardy as all get out.
2. Bright color and interesting body shape.
3. Readily hosts with anemone.


Didn't like 1. Semi-aggressive but not so much that I worry, it just takes thought.


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By tcamos
Sep 23, 2010
 
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More docile than it's maroon cousin but don't be fooled. featured

Comments I have a tomato clown for about a year. It was hosting a very large LTA. Although it was not nearly as aggressive as the Maroon Clown it can still be territorial when hosting. I did love this fish. I loved the colors and the way it was always darting in and out of the anemone. With or without an anemone this is a great clown for just about any reef tank. Although not as attractive and as other clown it is still beautiful and fun to watch. They are much more noticeably docile when not hosting. and will stick to their host closely. My LTA eventually outgrew my 75 gallon and I had to get rid of it. When I pulled the anemone out of the water the tomato came with it, never leaving it's home. When I too it to the LFS I told them the tomato MUST be sold with the anemone.


Liked about it Unique coloration and patterns set this clown off from others.
That are much more docile than their maroon cousins.
Inexpensive and able to keep in just about any reef tank over 20 gallons.


Didn't like They can still from time to time show aggression especially when hosting and if their host is threatened.


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By ckusnierek
May 19, 2010
 
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Readily hosted my BTA

Comments If you have other types of clowns in the tank you want to be very careful with adding this guy. They very readily hosted my BTA and became very protective of it, chasing my oce's all over the tank. There is now an invisible territory line in the middle of the tank. This guy eats everything I've given him so far, so does not seem to be a picky eater. They are also easy to find and cheaply priced.


Liked about it The gorgeous coloring of the fish is a great addition to the tank. I love to watch him 'play' in the tentacles of my BTA. Easy to care for. Doesn't bother with any of my other fish than the oce's. Has great personality...after all he is a clown.


Didn't like This is a more aggressive clown. You should be very careful in keeping different types in one tank. The tomato will readily defend his territory.


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By Sherilw
May 14, 2010
 
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Tomato Clownfish

Comments The Tomato Clownfish is a very popular in the saltwater hobby because of their hardiness and abundance of personality. I recommend buying tank bred over wild clownfish, as they tend to be more adaptable to change. This bread of clownfish is one of the easiest to care for and the ones I've owned in the past seem to eat almost anything. I have noticed these fish become territorial, especial once they decide to host something


Liked about it Great colors
Excellent personality and temperament
Active



Didn't like There not much to dislike about this bread of fish other than its a little more aggressive then other clownfish


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By scubasteve3610
Jan 07, 2010
 
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aggressive clown

Comments This is a nice clown, and will almost always take to a bubble tip anemone host. But, as a result, they become very aggressive towards other fish and your arm. I wouldnt recommend them with any conspecifics in the tank, as they are very territorial and not likely to tolerate other clowns or damselfish (as well as many other small reef fish).


Liked about it very quick to take to a bubble tip anemone, they're also very hardy and will probably tolerate a wide range of tank parameters. These fish are not terribly active, staying in one spot they chose as their home (such as an anemone), but they're inexpensive and common.


Didn't like About the only thing I didnt like about this clown was it's aggressiveness. Even in a large tank (say over 100 gallons), you're probably only going to get away with one pair.


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By crvz
May 05, 2009
 
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Leave Nemo to the movies

Comments I do not like any of the Clowns


Liked about it not much


Didn't like Aggressive
Moves anything it thinks is in its part of the tank


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By Seaweed88
Aug 22, 2009
 
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Not too aggressive towards other fish

Comments Beautiful color to your tank, easy to maintain


Liked about it Have never had any problems with this fish, very active fish always swimming around, has great colors and they also will eventually learn to eat from your hand


Didn't like Can be a little aggressive towards newcomers if they venture too far into the clowns territory


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By Reeftanker3295
Aug 07, 2009
 
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Can be territorial

Comments Easy to take care of


Liked about it I liked that the fish was inexpensive, and was "ok" with most of the other residents


Didn't like Territorial


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By Staplesofficewar
Jul 29, 2009
 
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Loves BTA's, but is aggressive and territorial!

Comments Tomato Clowns are a striking fish, and will always take to a bubble-tip anemone. Beware, however, that they get rather large and will get quite territorial and aggressive toward anything that comes near their home!


Liked about it Always hosts a BTA.
Gorgeous clownfish.
Eats a variety of meaty foods.


Didn't like Gets large and territorial, so make sure you respect it once it starts to grow!


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By schneijt
Jul 28, 2009
 
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