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Aquacultured Clowns from Thailand
Take a close look at these clowns bred by the Thailand aquaculture
authority and let me know what you think.
<Percularis... cross twixt A. percula and A. ocellaris. Appear to be in
very good condition. B>
|Re: Aquacultured Clowns from Thailand
I was wondering why they bother breeding hybrids. Do they do better in
<Some do... this one is very hardy. B>
Common Ocellaris or Percula? 4/26/13
I'm having a hard time identifying my new tank members. The LFS called them
Ocellaris. I'm not so sure they're right.
<I'd label this fish as a Percula... but it might be a cross... a Percularis
so to speak>
These fish seem a bit darker with thicker lines.
They don't hold still enough for me to count spines, and that's if they even
put them up!!!!
Thanks so much.
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
Confirming Identification of Clown
I am a long-time freshwater hobbyist (Malawi cichlids) and have recently
converted my 55 gal to a FOWLR.
Have been enjoying and gleaning all kinds of information from your site.
Keep up the good work! To my question, I recently purchased two
juvenile "maroon clowns" from my LFS.
<Beautiful but aggressive.>
After doing some more research on your site and a few others I am pretty
confident that what I have are actually two black & white ocellaris.
<Somewhat difficult to confuse the two.>
Mainly I see no cheek spine on either and coloration and the forward
bulging middle band match what I have seen for identification of the b&w.
I attached a pic of one of them and was hoping to defer to your expertise to
<You are correct on all points. I would think twice before taking any sort
of advice from said LFS. I'm at a loss as to how they could mistake your
clown for a Premnas>
Re: Confirming Identification of Clown 9/7/12
Thanks for such the quick response and confirmation. I didn't plan to
get maroons going in and was not familiar with their characteristics but
they were the most active/healthy looking out of the various clowns the
After doing my research (a little late!) on the maroons I am glad they
are not what they were labeled. Guess I lucked out as the green Chromis
in my main tank prob would not have liked their new neighbors.
<A little luck goes a long way.>
Just looking for an identification – 07/26/12
Is the clown Sebae or Bicinctus?
<I think the latter. See here:
Picture was taken in Fiji is why I ask. I have
owned a Bicinctus and they look very close. The mid body bar is
narrower on the Bi. The body is rounder on the Bi.
<Cheers, Bob Fenner>
|<<Erik... summat kept bugging me re this image/Fiji...
got on the Net, took a look under Fishbase for A. bicinctus... NOT found in
Fiji (search under Island/Country... And having dived the islands there a
few times over decades... NOW think this is actually A. chrysopterus...
Sheesh! And sorry re. BobF>>
Re: Just looking for an identification – 07/26/12
Thanks Bob. What the heck is it doing in Fiji? I thought they
were only in the Red Sea.
<!? Of all the... just sent you a note/correction re... A trip this AM to
the Birch AQ/SIO gave me the "whack" I needed this AM... and perhaps mas
cafe! Cheers! B>
Re: Just looking for an identification – 07/26/12
<Welcome... amazing; you'd think (I do) that after collecting so many
too-large Clowns from FJ that I'd be able to tell... Cheers, B>
Clownfish I.D. 12/27/11
This clownfish was sold to us as a Picasso Clarkii in Phoenix,
<... what's in a name?>
The retailer took it in as a trade so I am unable to track down
any info on the lineage or original purchase info. Picasso
Clarkii's aren't exactly available, so I am curious about
the identity of this clown. I have already asked ORA if this
could be one of their 'Spotcinctus' variants and they
were unable to confirm, stating they thought it may be a
I plan on adding this clown to our broodstock and would
like to have a better idea of what species or possible
hybrid/variant he may be and a suitable mate for him. Any ideas
or educated opinions would be very helpful. The more I search,
the more questions I have.
Tosh @ The Clown Factory
<Mmm, your pix are too small, only a handful of Kbytes per...
Need one well-resolved image of moderate size to be surer...
However, the only real way to be assured of the genetic make-up
of this specimen is DNA analysis... not hard, or expensive. Bob
The Clown Factory
Full size pic.
Clarkii? ID and Name of Mutation
Thanks, in advance, for your expertise.
I have acquired a pair of clowns, and I'm not sure what kind
they are, but I believe them to be Clarkii. I have never owned
The questions are: Can you tell me if the Female's mis-bar is
normal mis-bar or if it's a mutation? The ring and looped
stripe, to me, looks very unusual.
<Mmm, well, this species of Clown has the widest range of
natural colour and barring... this one is unusual still>
What would you call this mutation?
Are these indeed Clarkii? I have searched the site.
<I do think they are>
Is this a common mutation or more of a rare one or is it a
mutation at all?
<Not too uncommon>
They are a mated pair, brought to our local shop today, and I
couldn't resist them. I got them to host my Sebae and they
went right in. It is H. Crispa.
The purple one from earlier this month which Bob had fun IDing
with me. :)
Thank you in advance once again, for your expertise.
<Thank you for sharing. BobF>
|Amphiprion perideraion nee
pacificus Allen, Drew & Fenner, 2010, another
"new" species from the Central Pacific. This one in
The images in this table are linked to large
(desktop size) copies. Click on "framed" images to
go to the larger size.
Amphiprion pacificus, mis-id'ed
I am pretty sure the pictures you have on the following page are
not of Amphiprion pacificus.
I have attached the original description to this email and you
can see that the pictures in the description do not have the face
stripe like the pictures you currently have.
<I do see the absence of the vertical>
I believe the pictures you currently have are of the Tangerine
Skunk, which is currently considered a variant of Amphiprion
<Thank you. Will correct. BobF, abashed>
Re: Identification, naming Clownfish sports, Percularis
Hi there everyone at WWM !
This is just a follow up... we all type our "problems in need of
solutions" to you, lol.. so I thought it would be nice to
share a happy follow up. Here is the latest video to my
"Percularis" babies :)
<Neato! I esp. like the piano accompaniment>
As from what Mr. Fenner stated in previous email - that the young dying
(may) be related to the cross of the ocellaris /percula.... here are
the details thus far....
Total larvae caught night of hatching: 22 (this clutch was a small
Had 16 for quite awhile :)
Now - I have "9" happy baby clownfish, 17 days old today, I
am very pleased with this being my first successful batch, and the fact
that Mr. Fenner feels the survival rate may be affected by the type of
breed so to speak... then I am very happy to have 9 survive thus far
They are on Otohime A dry food - only. I will introduce the
Cyclops-Eeze when possibly a bit older, don't want to
'jinx' my luck.
Just felt like sharing, as he was the one who gave his thought on the
type they were, and everyone who has heard this has sided with his
guess as well.... so Thank You Bob :) I will be calling my Mamma &
Pappa Clowns "Percularis" from now on :)
(also recently picked up a pair of baby Picassos..... so will be
breeding them when they decide they are ready :) just curious, as they
are not "graded" ...purchased them from a LFS who did not
know the grade, and contacted the supplier themselves.. not able to
tell the grade... so how would I go about having this done when they
get old enough to breed? Is it the black lining/patterns that determine
the grade? )
<I don't know... maybe give a ring/email to the fine folks at
C-Quest and/or ORA re>
Have a great day everyone- again your efforts are appreciated -keep up
the good work!
<Thanks; we're trying! BobF>
Re: Identification 2/7/11
Re: Picassos-Cool- will do .... have a Facebook friend from ORA I
recently acquired- will send him a few pics.
(these were purchased from Proquatics by one of the LFS)
<Ahh, both good outfits in my estimation>
Re: the baby Percularis - Thank you again- hope to send another follow
up in about 6 months, lol...of happy healthy juveniles :)
Have a great evening :) Stay Happy & Healthy :)
<And you. BobF>
Re: Identification 2/8/11
Ok- came across this on YouTube... question for the experts, lol:
What exactly is a Fudge Glazed Clownfish?
<Yummy, sounds delicious!>
This looks similar to what I have.... (my Percularis).... is Fudge
Glazed basically just a name someone came up with for their
'own' fish? Or is this an actual name that you know of, like as
in platinums... nakeds... etc?
<Exactly... these names are "made up"...>
Haha.. I kind of like the name ...but curious if it is real 'in the
clownfish world' , lol
<There is only one Clownfish world... the human part is, as usual,
simply attempts at successive approximation to the truth of it. Cheers,
Re: Identification, Clowns 2/8/11
Thank you again- as usual you are quick to reply, much thanks :)
I may think on the name in the future, lol...depending on how the
babies look :)
But as far as keeping records for when I apply for my aquaculture
license...I think I shall stick with Percularis... simple...to the
point... basic... like nature :)
<And us. B>
Re: Identification 2/27/11
Good evening to all !
Just wanted to drop a line, to thank you again for the input on the
My Percularis babies are now 36 Days Old today (soooo
happy about this!)
Unfortunately, of the 9 that had survived..... I am now down to only 6.
But they are very strong swimmers, and seem to be good eaters.
So cute the way they smooch their little faces to the front of the
glass when you walk up to the tank- they know it's feeding time,
Anyway- just wanted to include a pic I took of them this evening for a
friend on Facebook (Rod's Foods ) - and wanted to share with you as
<Mmm, no pic attached>
I am still feeding Otohime A only- but will be introducing Cyclopeeze
in a week or two... to see their reaction to it. Not wanting to press
Have a great weekend.
clownfish ID 1/2/11
Hello again. Picked these up at the local fish store as a mated
They sold them as Dark Iron clowns but I can't find any info
on the web for this name. Can you let me know what the real name
<Real? See here: http://wetwebmedia.com/clownfis.htm>
I love them and hopefully they will mate for me.
Thanks in advance!
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
Re: clownfish, ID 1/3/11
Thanks for the info. What I meant by "real" was what
kind of clown they were. Thanks again.
<Both scientific and common names are posted where you were
referred to. B>
Identification, Clns. 1/1/11
Hello there (love you guys)
I am in need of your assistance / expertise please.
I am in the process of raising clownfish (still have the training
wheels on, learning as I go.)
Just had a large batch hatch on 12/30/2010, several feedings of
rotifers throughout the day on 12/31/2010,
and when I tried adding a tiny, tiny bit of probiotics to the
I went back for the next feeding and the entire batch was gone -
(have you heard of any good things coming from using
<I have not. Frightening... don't know what the connection
(if any) might be between these acts>
Now for the ID part.... I will try to include a good pic of my
pair. I bought them 3 years ago, sold as "Common
Ocellaris" - a very small size, maybe an inch each.
(originally bought 3 but 1 did not survive the other two). They
are now close to 2- 2 1/2 in for the male and maybe over 3"
for the female.
I have thought all this time they were just "darker"
than others I see in the store, but someone told me that they are
NOT Ocellaris, and now I am trying to find out just what they
I like to have everything in my records, and if they are
something else, I would like to correct my info.
They are mated (of course) - they are darker on the top half of
their bodies, with lighter bellies.
The male looks like a cross between the true black onyx and a
true percula (www.aquacon.com) his stripes connect and the female
looks like she could be a cross between the teardrop and a
percula (again www.aquacon.com ) as her bar does not connect and
is a teardrop shape- Not sure. When I try to
Google, thousands of photos come up, but no real description of
Any ideas or opinions as to what type they are I would
appreciate. Thank you.
Wishing you and the crew a Very Happy New Year!
I can take a quick video and send it if it helps - thanks!
<I do think these fish are crosses...
Read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/clownfis.htm
and that perhaps the young dying is related to this cross. Bob
Re: Identification 1/2/11
For starters - thank you for responding so quickly. Much
So...do you think that the young will ever have a chance? I am
determined to master the rearing - and have been following forum
members (Tal Sweet www.fishtalpropagations.com ) and Patricia via
Facebook (Booyah's Reef) (Sissy McAvoy/Facebook...and a
secret unnamed source at ORA...) trying to get advice/tips that
are not in Joyce Wilkerson's book, or that of Martin Moe.
<Good sources... and yes... I do know of such apparent crosses
producing viable young in turn. The first few "batches"
of Clownfish young by new pairs are typically ... fragile. I
would not be discourages>
I am hopeful - but you have the experience...do you feel this is
something (the cross breeding that is) that is going to
continuously cause me stumbling blocks?
<I do not know, but definitely hope not>
In past hatches I was able to get up to the 1st week post
hatch... then lost them.
What tricks of the trade do you know of off hand that will get
past this hurdle, to see if in fact it is (me and my newbie
raising skills) or if it is the mixed breed?
<Look into aspects of water quality, particularly
near-seawater strength Spg, AND doing what you can to bolster the
health of the breeders, through feeding, supplementing
I appreciate the feedback - and am THRILLED that you were the one
to respond, lol - although I love everyone's answers - the
WWM is a great source.
Thank you again - have a great evening :)
<Thank you! BobF>
Re: Identification, ID, repro. f's
Thank you again for the reply... I will continue to offer a
varied healthy diet to my brood pair, and I will continue to work
on the babies... if I have any success, I will send a follow up
Here is a quick link to my last hatch...12/30/2010, prior to my
adding the probiotics to the rotifers :(
Again, thank you for responding, much appreciated!
Have a great week-
<Thank you Michelle. BobF>
Clownfish ID 12/13/10
Question here from the Marshall Islands. I know this isn't a
strictly aquarium related question, but I was hoping you could
help me out real quick. There's this clownfish (I've
ID'ed it that far at least :p) that I often see when I go
diving. I regularly dive this one spot, and I am sort of curious
as to what species this is. I can recognize most clownfish, and I
know that Amphiprion clarkii is supposed to stay a bit farther
west than the Marshall Islands, but something about this guy
(girl I guess with their hermaphroditism)
looks like a clarkii. It's probably just a regular old
Amphiprion tricinctus, and I'm used to seeing those, but I
was wondering if you could give me an opinion due to the
popularity of Clark clownfish in the aquarium world.
<Mmm, need a closer pic, more resolution. Could be a
Clark's, three-stripe... even a cross>
I'm sorry that the pic isn't too good, underwater
photography isn't my thing yet :(. Anyway, this is on the
outer reef slope on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The
anemone is maybe about 20 feet down. Pics of this clown are kind
of hard to come by; it's the only camera-shy clown I've
The third stripe (caudal stripe I guess you call it) continues up
onto the top of the caudal fin. It doesn't wrap all the way
around, just tapers off around the midway point of the tail. The
anemone doesn't show up too well, but I'm pretty sure
it's a Stichlodactyla or however you spell that genus.
<Is this... S. mertensii>
I've been Googling Clark clownfish and Three-stripe clownfish
but there's a lot of obvious mistakes, like pictures of
Premnas showing up as Amphiprion :) Poor guys.
Oh yeah, let me know if you guys ever travel through here.
Awesome diving around here :)
<Thank you for sending this along Dan. Hope to see you in
Majuro. Bob Fenner>
Wrong Anemone for A. sebae
Clownfish ID 9/3/10
I got this clownfish about a week ago and am unsure of what
species he is.
The picture isn't the greatest so I will try to give you the
best description as I can.
- His nose is yellow, and this yellow coloration extends onto
and ends at the pectoral fins.
- The pectoral fins have some black at the base but are mostly
- The pelvic and anal fins are black and have some iridescent
- His second stripe extends onto his soft dorsal fin.
- He has a third white stripe at the base of his caudal fin, and
this stripe extends to the end of the caudal fin. So the dorsal
side of the caudal fin is white, the majority of the fin is black
and there is a hint of yellow
on the bottom.
I have been trying to ID him since I got him and I think I have
narrowed it down to three species (even though I could be
completely wrong). I have been unable to find a clear source and
am having difficulties differentiating the 3 species.
1) A. polymnus (Unsure because his 2nd stripe is thinner and
caudal fin doesn't seem as round)
2) A. sebae (Unsure because of the third stripe and black pelvic
and anal fins)
3) A. clarkii (Unsure because his caudal fin is mostly black, and
he seems to have a more streamline body shape than the few
clarkii I have actually seen in real life)
<The Clark's Clown is my guess as well. This might be a
It is difficult to distinguish the species due to the extreme
variation found in all of them.
<The Clarkii in particular>
Thank you very much for your help!!
|Re: Clownfish ID, A. allardi
Thank you very much for your response!
I actually think I figured it out! The male on this thread is
almost an exact match to mine.
<Ahh! Well, you are able to see what you have up close and
Thank you for sharing. BobF>
Tomato, Cinnamon...Lasagna? -- 03/23/10
I purchased about 5 weeks ago these little dime sized clownfish
being sold as Tomato Clowns (Amphiprion frenatus), but after
seeing pictures of other Tomatoes and Cinnamon Clowns (Amphiprion
melanopus) as well, I'm a bit stumped. They seem to have the
broader bars like the cinnamon clowns but the coloration of
tomatoes I've seen. There were other fish in the tank at the
LFS that were in between the size of the larger one and the
smaller ones that had the fading of the secondary stripe which
I've heard is a tomato thing but not so much a cinnamon
thing. I am enclosing pictures of them with their BTA after
graduating QT. Can you help me identify this species?
<Mmm, judging simply on the basis of the width of the white
head bands, I'd say these are A. melanopus... however, as
generations of A. frenatus have been serially cultured, their
markings have become quite variable... Bob Fenner>
|Re: Tomato, Cinnamon...Lasagna? --
Thank you for your reply Bob.
I think some LFS name the fish Tomato because they get them as
"misc tomato complex".
<Ahh! A safe moniker. Both species are cultured in good
numbers... and it is entirely possible that they've been
crossed. Have encountered both with "aberrant"
markings... multiple to no barring...!>
I believe there were multiple species in the tank, mostly because
even though they were all similar in appearance, some of the fish
older than my 2 smallest had their secondary bars vanishing, where
mine don't have them present or faded at all. At worst, do all
three at least look to be the same species and that I will be
feasibly be able to form a pair from these juveniles?
All this talk about tomatoes and cinnamon has got me a bit
Thank you for your help.
<Heeeee! Welcome. BobF>
True Percula - Black Onyx?
I'm writing as I think that our two True Percula Clowns may
be Black Onyx Percula Clowns?
<Look to be the sports called thus>
When we purchased them nearly 4 months ago there was not much
black between the stripes but now the largest one has lots and
the smaller one is not far behind.
I have attached some photos taken today, I'm just concerned
as I would like to make sure that there is no other reason they
are turning black?
<Mmm, no. Genetics, developmental expression. No
Thank you in advance for all your excellent help and advice
<Welcome! Bob Fenner>
Re: True Percula - Black
Thank you so much for your reply, it is very exciting -
especially as they were purchased as two 'regular'
percula clowns, to find out they are even more special.
<An instant bargain again! BobF>