The Maroon Clownfish, also known as the Spine-Cheeked Anemonefish or Maroon Anemonefish, has a bold, red body color with a broad white stripe on the forehead, and white stripes on its midsection and in front of the anal fin.
A 30 gallon or larger aquarium is desirable as is a host anemone such as Bubbletip Sea Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). It is aggressive towards other clownfish, and they are difficult to maintain together in the same aquarium.
The Maroon Clownfish diet consists of meaty items such as frozen shrimp and herbivore preparations.
Do not move the Maroon Clownfish with a net as its cheekspines will become entangled. Use a specimen container if capture is necessary. It is difficult to maintain more than one maroon clown in the aquarium unless they are a pair. These fish like to fight among themselves.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/4" to 2"; Large: 2" to 5"; Pairs are 1 1/2" to 3"
David S Groton, CT
I have two Maroon Clowns and they are doing wonderfully in their new home. The male is the smaller of the two and the female loves her home. I strongly recommend adding anemones to the tank for the Maroons to claim as their own. A very hearty fish, they eat flake food and love live brine shrimp.
What a character! Not only does my Maroon Clownfish add beautiful color to my aquarium, but he also adds a little bit of attitude. I added him with a colored BTA from Singapore and they took to each other within seconds. If you get too close to the tank, he will swim out of the BTA, grab a mouthful of small pebbles and will swim up to the glass and spit them out at you.
I have a 100 gallon tank with thirteen fish and multiple vertebrae. The clown fish is as big as any but seem to leave them all alone. This fish was rated aggressive but have only seen the aggression on 2 situations: when another fish messes with his rose bubble tip anemone and when I made the rookie mistake of adding an additional, smaller clown fish to the tank. The first scenario is never a problem. The big clown fish ruthlessly attacked the baby. Fins missing, eyes white, I couldn't let him die so I made a make shift separator. Baby survived but I kept him by himself for 3 months. Eventually as I changed the rocks around and added more species, the big one started leaving baby alone. Today they share the anemone and are very happy.