The clownfish, also known as anemonefish, is a tropical variety that is not too complicated to care for, and doing well can live up to 15 years, being one of the longest existing species.
Learn with these tips how to care for a clown fish correctly and thus have a good companion for a long time.
How to care for a clownfish correctly
Buy the fish in a store: To avoid fish with parasites that could compromise the health of your aquarium. Since the premiere of the film Buscando a Nemo, this fish has become very popular for fish lovers, which has led to indiscriminate fishing and hunting of this fish, bypassing all the safety and health standards of these fish. Therefore, it is best to buy it in a store or a professional breeder, and you will help to prevent the destruction of its habitat.
Have an aquarium of at least 150 liters: Clown fish require at least 150 liters of water if you are going to have a partner, and if you are going to have more, you will have to increase the capacity more. Think that each clown fish requires at least 75 liters of water.
Keep the water warm: These fish are tropical, so they need the gua to be kept at a warm temperature between 24 and 27 degrees. The best thing to do is to place a thermometer to control the temperature along with a heater, and you will know at all times if it is okay.
Feed it correctly: You can give it small crustaceans, mussels, peeled prawns, squid, chicken livers … but it is also good to give live or dead feed. In addition, you must distribute the food by the aquarium, because they are fish that they like to hunt, in this way they will maintain their hunting instinct.
Put anemones in the aquarium: The clown fish is a very active animal, so it will have to be distracted in some way. Putting anemones in the aquarium will keep him entertained because he will take care of them, because even if he is a predator, they work together looking for a benefit between them.
Distribute the soil well: Before putting a fish or clown fish, you must know that they are very territorial animals. However, they do everything in a hierarchical way. The biggest will stay with the largest anemones and the youngest with the smallest. Therefore, you must distribute them well by the aquarium.
Tips for raising clown fish
If you are thinking of raising your own clown fish, you should know:
Clown fish are bred following the lunar cycle, but it is somewhat difficult to simulate it in the fish tank. Therefore, the light must be connected to a timer so that the fish perceives the regular lunar cycle.
If you have anemones in the aquarium, this will make the task easier, since the clown fish usually breeds its eggs near it, since this plant releases components that help protect the eggs.
In the case of not having anemones, you can serve the shell of a clam or clay pots.
Maintain the quality of the water in optimum conditions and that there is no other fish that can disturb the clownfish.
In the case of other fish that can devour the eggs, it is best to move them. To do this, remove the stone where the eggs are, always wrapped in water, put in a container and submerge it in another aquarium.
If the eggs come into contact with the air they will spoil, so be very careful.
Place the eggs in the new aquarium on top of a thin bubble diffuser, so that the eggs will bathe and the young will be born without the need of paternal care.
Although taking care of a clownfish can not be complicated, it is not advisable to leave it to children, since they require certain conditions and needs that only an adult can satisfy.