Clownfish Facts and Data
Size: 3 to 4 in
Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Temperament: Generally very peaceful
Information / Facts: With its bright orange body with black and white stripes, the Clownfish may be one of the most recognizable breeds of fish out there. While this is the most common coloring, there are other options out there for those looking for something more exotic. An odd fact about Clownfish is that all are born male, and the dominant fish change to female as they reach sexual maturity.
Pros: This breed is highly recognizable and has a lot of personality. Clownfish are one of the easiest saltwater fish to care for, making them a great choice for those new to saltwater tanks. They are usually very calm and can be kept in the tank with many other types of saltwater fish. Clownfish generally live three to six years, though much higher ages have been recorded.
Cons: Clownfish do best when kept in a tank with coral. Another option is pairing clownfish with anemone, which in nature acts as a host. Though they can be kept without the host, it can result in less-healthy fish and a reduced lifespan. Clownfish do best on a diet of live food, and some will never adapt to flake. While they are easier to care for than many other saltwater fish, it is important to maintain a stable salinity in the water.